David Fincher tells Vogue (via Vulture) that one reason Scarlett Johansson didn’t land the role of Lisbeth Salander in his film adaptation of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was because of her sex appeal.
“Scarlett Johansson was great. It was a great audition, I’m telling you. But the thing with Scarlett is, you can’t wait for her to take her clothes off” says Fincher.
Fincher instead opted for little known Rooney Mara because of her interpretation of the Salander character. “Salander should be like E.T… .There were all these different versions of Salander, but the one that had the most layers was Rooney’s. I kept coming back to this” he says.
To get her though he had to fight with the studio exects – “I had said so often, ‘[Mara] is the one I want’. They said, ‘No. You are being obstinate. Move on’. And I said, ‘Nope’. Part of me wanted that last puppy that nobody else did. I didn’t want the consensus. I wanted the person that made everybody go, ‘Really?’ I needed that.”