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As "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" hits the DVD shelves and casting of an American remake is completed, we consider who could have played the lead roles in the American remakeBy Mary PolsSpecial to MSN MoviesBarring the usual negotiation breakdowns, calls for rewrite and salary disputes, an English-language version of the mega literary hit "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," directed by creepy style master David Fincher, is likely to open in 2012. And when we say open, we mean big. The paperback version of "Dragon Tattoo" currently tops the New York Times bestseller list, having been on the list for 51 weeks. Its sequel sits right below it at No. 2. And over on the hardback list, the last book, "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," is No. 1. Creatively, though, this is a filmmaking decision that plenty of people would argue against, and with good reason. Each of the books in Stieg Larsson's bestselling trilogy has already quite capably been turned into a movie in Sweden, the second of which, "The Girl Who Played With Fire," begins a gradual rollout in American theaters on July 9. These movies are set in Sweden, everyone talks in Swedish and they look exactly like you expected they would when you devoured the books at a fever pitch in the middle of the night. They've been a huge box office hit in Europe and elsewhere. While purists might quibble with some elements left out in the Swedish versions, the consensus is that the two central roles couldn't have been better cast. As Mikael Blomkvist, a disgraced but honorable middle-aged journalist, Michael Nyqvist, 49, looks just right. He's handsome and intriguing, but he's not suave -- Blomkvist is a journalist, let's remember. His face is pockmarked, and he's a little less than svelte. He's a 42 year-old man, not some pretty boy. As for the female lead, Larsson described Lisbeth Salander, Blomkvist's 24 year-old partner in crime, danger, brilliance and occasionally, bed, very specifically. But until you lay eyes on Noomi Rapace, you don't really understand the strange appeal of this beautiful, damaged, but kind of terrifying woman. Rapace is a walking embodiment of Larsson's descriptors, which include this: "She looked as though she had just emerged from a week-long orgy with a gang of hard rockers." Hollywood has brought us an ingénue who they think can pull that off, Rooney Mara. And Daniel Craig has signed on to fill the role of Blomkvist. Actually, because we love Fincher ("Se7en," "Fight Club," "Zodiac," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") we would have actually been willing to help with the casting process. Here are a few other names who we thought could have pulled off English-speaking versions of Blomkvist and Salander.
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