According to Deadline New York Fincher is narrowing down his choice to a few actresses now.
Not only did Sony Pictures announced today a December 21, 2011 release date for the film, but casting rumours are going strong. This is definitely a busy year for Fincher.
Regarding the male lead, Daniel Craig remains a serious contender but scheduling problem might prevent him from playing publisher Mikael Blomkvist.
Test screening are underway for the female leading role of Lisbeth Salander. Carey Mulligan, Ellen Page, and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) have been mentioned as possible Lisbeth candidates, along with Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), Sara Snook (Sleeping Beauty), Rooney Mara (The Social Network) and Sophie Lowe (Blame).
A puzzling clue is that Fincher may be telling his actresses to practice their Swedish accents...
These information should be taken carefully since another source, Anna Thompson, says one unidentified french actress is also auditioning this week. Roger Friedman of Hollywood News says he knows the candidate: Lea Seydoux (Inglorious Basterds, Robin Hood).
Novel is adapted by Steve Zaillian, produced by Scott Rudin, already a partner of Fincher on The Social Network.