Check Out These Amazing Drawings of Alternate Lisbeth Salander Casting Options

Since we've all watched The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo like good little people-who-are-trying-to-figure-out-why-the-hell-it's-is-such-a-phenomenon-because-even-my-parents-care-about-it-now, it's the perfect time to reflect on what would've happened if David Fincher ditched Rooney Mara and opted for another ingenue to play Lisbeth Salander. Carey Mulligan? Ellen Page? Anne Hathaway? If I had the MS Paint prowess, I'd whip up renderings of Barbara Stanwyck, Faye Dunaway, and 94-year-old Joan Fontaine in the nose studs and combat boots, but I'll leave that to your imagination. After the jump, check out a bunch of very accurate, wholly hypothetical Lisbeth portraits.

I'm personally in love with the Ellen Page portrait. She's so delighted to be a traumatized Nordic hacker! The Johansson work is devastating, and not just because of the iPhone-style nudity: As Fincher pointed out, she almost stole the part from Mara. Aww. And yet, I think this drawing is more than commensurate.

Actresses as Lisbeth Salander [But You're Like Really Pretty via Huffpost]


  • [A] says:

    This. Is. Terrible.

  • Andrew says:

    What is going on with their heads/necks?

    Ellen Page looks like she's about to vomit pea soup.

  • Gwendaline says:

    I used to do that to a brand of 'redhead' match packet portraits. I thought the styles I put on them with ball point pen were pretty good. Funny what you do when you are young and unemployed.

  • Atia says:

    These drawings are not as clever as the writer thinks. In fact, the whole effort is horribly silly. And, please note, Keira Knightley in real life is completely flat chested, so fix your drawing accordingly know, for the sake of "accuracy." Merry Christmas.

  • Johnny B Goode says:

    What is really amazing is how much these women all look the same. The images are very commonplace, sanitized, a Hallmark reality really. Lisbeth is a warrior, bold, prone to justice and in her own way loving. She would never pose like that. That is Hollywood glamor, very superficial and frankly boring.

  • Megan says:

    These are absolutely terrible. I could do better than this after waking up from a 3-week alcohol/Doritos binge. Just...WTF.

  • ME says:

    Yikes. I know it's a cartoon, but the only one who would've been somewhat believable is Emma Watson. The rest would have been disasters.