Why I Am Relieved Kristen Stewart Won't Be 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'
By Jo Piazza Posted Jul 24th 2010 02:04PM
The names on the list (Ellen Page, Carey Mulligan, Mia Wasikowska, Rooney Mara and Emily Browning) were less newsworthy than one that wasn't -- Kristen Stewart.
Some diehard K-Stew fans are up in arms (E!'s Ted Casablanca is one of them), but fans of both Stewart and Larsson's series should rejoice that the overexposed actress will probably be sitting this one out.
This role calls for a relative unknown, not someone who is on the cover of every magazine and has dolls made in her likeness. The complicated hacker Lisbeth Salander lives under the radar and the role should be filled by an actress who is similarly obscure. Any actress who brings too much personal baggage to this role will just take away from Larsson's brilliant characterization of Salander and distract the audience from the plot.
This isn't an observation that is limited to Stewart. I similarly don't want to see the adorable girl from 'Juno' (Page), Wasikowska ('Alice in Wonderland') or Shia LeBeouf's girlfriend (Mulligan) playing Lisbeth. Mulligan actually quashed rumors that she would get the role on Thursday, telling E! that she already knew it was not going to her.
I understand that some K-Stew fans are up in arms that she is no longer in consideration for the role. When I first heard her name mentioned in conjunction with the thriller, I thought the only real motivation to cast her would be to bring in the millions upon millions of 'Twilight' fans who continue to barrage the box office for each of the films in that franchise.
What K-Stew fans need to realize is that bad things happen to Lisbeth Salander. She is beset by unspeakable acts of violence in the film. The Swedish version, which starred actress Noomi Rapace (who was pitch perfect), didn't pull any punches when it came to these violent scenes. To be sure, the American version will be less graphic to suit the prudishness of American audiences, but the movie would be incomplete if it didn't address the rape and sexual abuse heaped on the Salander character. Frankly, I don't think fans of Bella Swann want to see her endure what this character must go through.
And at the end of the day, Kristen's superstar status will eclipse this movie. Rather than focus on the dark and twisted tale director David Fincher is sure to weave from Larsson's book, all eyes would be on K-Stew, her relationship status, her hair, her fashion. Kristen Stewart certainly deserves a role where she can transition into an adult actress. It's just a relief that that role won't be Lisbeth Salander.
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