Five unknown actresses are competing for ‘Dragon Tattoo’ lead

Role of Lisbeth Salander in English language remake are up for grabs

Five unknown actresses are in the running to play hacker Lisbeth Salander in the American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Director David Fincher, whose latest project is the highly anticipated Facebook film The Social Network, screen tested the five finalists this week, reports Deadline.

They are Australian actresses Emily Browning, Sophie Lowe and Sarah Snook, American Rooney Mara and an unnamed French actress.

Browning is the most experienced so far, having appeared in two Lemony Snicket films and the upcoming Sucker Punch.

Mara has a slight edge, having worked with Fincher in The Social Network.

More established actresses, including Twilight lead Kristen Stewart and Oscar-nominated Carey Mulligan have expressed an interest in starring in the films, based on Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium Trilogy. Daniel Craig is rumoured to be the favourite to play the male lead, journalist Mikael Blomkvist.

The books have already been adapted for screen in Sweden, and Fincher has reportedly told the five contenders to work on their Swedish accents, prompting rumours that the new films will not be Americanised.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is set for release in December 2011.