Does David Fincher Want A South African Rap Star For Girl With The Dragon Tattoo?

By Katey Rich 2010-06-30 10:09:31discussion comments
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Though the character Lisbeth Salander is basically a social outcast who deliberately stays on the fringes of society, she's become hugely desirable as a role for one lucky Hollywood actress to play. As director David Fincher puts together his English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, any number of young actresses have been vying for the part, with Carey Mulligan and Kristen Stewart both strongly rumored for the role.

But Lisbeth is a tough character to capture, and if none of the famous actresses are right for the role, might Fincher look far afield? Like, really far afield? Vulture is hearing from trusted sources that right now Fincher is all about Yo-Landi Vis$$er, the lead of the South African rap group Die Antwoord. It's unclear if he actually wants her to play the role or just wants to mimic her style for his incarnation of the character, but either way Vi$$er's involvement would ensure the character won't wind up over-simplified on the screen. Check out the Die Antwoord video for "Enter the Ninja" and look for Vi$$er as the tiny blonde with the bizarre haircut and, well, a distinctive look. She doesn't exactly fit my picture of the tough-as-nails Salander, but she's a better fit than Kristen Stewart at least.

I wouldn't start worrying too much if Vi$$er has the acting skills to pull off the role, since I'm guessing Fincher will wind up picking a more experienced actress to star opposite Daniel Craig. But if he's serious about copping this girl's style, then Dragon Tattoo may very well turn out to be exactly as weird as we're hoping.


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