Why Scarlett Johansson Didn't Get 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

| by Michael Allen

In the new issue of Vogue magazine, director David Fincher says that he did not cast actress Scarlett Johansson in the role of Lisbeth Salander in the film version of 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' because he feared audiences would be distracted by the thought of Johansson baring all.

Fincher says: "We saw some amazing people. Scarlett Johansson was great. It was a great audition… But the thing with Scarlett is, you can’t wait for her to take her clothes off."

So what was Fincher looking for instead of an actress that would have audiences chomping at the bit?

“Salander should be like E.T. If you put E.T. dolls out before anyone had seen the movie, they would say, ‘What is this little squishy thing?’ Well, you know what? When he hides under the table and he grabs the Reese’s Pieces (candy), you love him! It has to be like that.”

Fincher eventually cast Rooney Mara as the enigmatic computer hacker from the best-selling novels.