The girl who’s flying high

By admin
10 September 2010

She’s one of the most intriguing heroines to come out of literary fiction in the past decade and has a unique way of showing girl power.

Piercings and tattoos adorn her body and she has no people skills whatsoever. And she thinks nothing of beating up a man twice her size.

Lisbeth Salander, the bisexual antisocial computer hacker of Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, has won the hearts of men and women alike.

She’s one of the reasons the trilogy – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – is still flying off the shelves, publishers say.

And the reason why the movie adaptations are such a hit.

The Swedish versions of the films – which are being released in South Africa on 8 October (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), 29 October (The Girl Who Played with Fire) and 3 December (The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) – have made more than $160 million (R1,2 billion) since their release in selected countries last year.

Noomi Rapace, who plays the petite hacker, recently met with Hollywood execs for possible roles in Sherlock Holmes 2 and Mission Impossible 4.

There are even rumours she might be up for a best actress nomination at next year’s Oscars for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Little wonder Hollywood’s hottest young stars clamoured for the chance to audition when renowned director David Fincher of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button fame announced he was also bringing out a film version.

Twilight’s Kristen Stewart, Juno’s Ellen Paige, Harry Potter’s Emma Watson and Star Wars’Natalie Portman were said to be up for the part.

But in the end it went to 25-year-old actress Rooney Mara – a move that had many asking Rooney who?

Rooney looks very different from Noomi – the only physical similarity is they’re both petite.

The American actress will need to undergo radical changes if she wants to match her Swedish counterpart.

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