Did Scarlett Johansson’s boobs cost her the Lisbeth Salander role?

June 13, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - Actress SCARLETT JOHANSSON attends the 64th Annual Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall. © Red Carpet Pictures

Yesterday, director David Fincher made the big casting announcement for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – the part of a lifetime, the role of Lisbeth Salander went to a virtually unknown actress named Rooney Mara. Rooney beat out pretty much every young actress aged 18 to 29, basically. Because every girl wanted this part – even though Emma Watson claimed she didn’t cut her hair for the part, you know she wanted it. Ellen Page wanted it so badly that the Oscar-nominated actress did a screen test. Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart were also mentioned heavily. One actress that I never heard much about was Scarlett Johansson, however. But according to the NY Daily News, ScarJo really, really wanted the part. Unfortunately, Scar’s boobs are getting the blame for this casting pwn.

The search for Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander is over – and this time it’s curvaceous Scarlett Johansson’s career that’s been thrown for a loop. Sony Pictures Entertainment said Monday that Rooney Mara, great-granddaughter of the late New York Giants owner Wellington Mara, would play Salander in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” director David Fincher’s adaptation of the first book in Larsson’s smash “Millennium” trilogy.

Mara snagged the coveted role from a field of heavyweights and bright newcomers, reportedly including Natalie Portman, Ellen Page (who did her own screen test), “Alice in Wonderland” star Mia Wasikowska, “Sucker Punch’s” Emily Browning and Johansson.

The “Iron Man 2” actress and her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds, were on vacation in Austria Monday when the announcement was made. What is certain is that Johansson will be disappointed she lost the plum part. She wanted the role “bad,” as we reported Monday, even though our source says, “Scarlett was freaked out by the nude scenes” in the script.

The source adds, however, that Fincher “was willing to work around that if she got the part.”

(A rep for Fincher did not respond to questions by deadline, and a spokesman for Sony’s Columbia Pictures, which is producing the film, also had no comment.)

But as fans of Larsson’s trilogy observe, even if Fincher decided to go with a name actress to play Lisbeth, Johansson’s Lamborghini lines would have posed a problem – at least for the first movie.

As one avid reader points out, Lisbeth is “skinny” and “flat as a board” in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” but gets breast augmentation in the second novel. Johansson would have needed cutting-edge visual effects, or at least a whole lot of gaffer’s tape.

The svelte Mara doesn’t appear to have the same impediments. As veteran movie-industry reporter Mike Fleming noted in a Deadline Hollywood post Monday, Mara was not only Fincher’s “first choice” for the part. She had also previously worked with the director on the hotly anticipated movie about Facebook, “The Social Network.” Fleming said Mara is “a strong match,” the “right age” and “looks like Salander.”

Fleming also reported that signing Mara “will amount to a formality, because the actress essentially agreed to terms when she and other young actresses signed on to tests that Fincher and producer Scott Rudin have conducted over the past several weeks.”

Mara’s deal reportedly includes an option for the two remaining books in Larsson’s trilogy: “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.”
Sorry, Scarlett, that’s got to sting.

[From The NYDN]

Okay, ScarJo was never right, will never be right, could never be right for Lisbeth, ever. And it’s not just about her boobs, for God’s sake. Now, I actually like a few ScarJo films, and I think she’s got some gifts as an actress (she’s not as talented as she thinks, but whatever). But she’s absolutely horrible at playing “smart” on camera. Have you noticed that? She’s only good at playing dumb characters, or self-involved characters, or slutty characters. She never plays the smartest character in the room, ever, and that’s what Lisbeth Salander is. I look at ScarJo’s face and all I see is “vacant”. Lisbeth is never vacant. And I do not think highly of ScarJo if she thought she was right for Lisbeth. That just shows how dumb she really is.

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SAN DIEGO - JULY 24: Actress Scarlett Johansson walks onstage at the Marvel Studios' 'Captain America: The First Avenger' panel during Comic-Con 2010 at San Diego Convention Center on July 24, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Scarlett Johansson poses with her award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play at the 64th Annual Tony Awards at The Sports Club/LA on June 13, 2010 in New York City. UPI/Joe Corrigan Photo via Newscom

May 23, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - SCARLETT JOHANSSON arriving at the 55th Annual Drama Desk Awards at F.H. LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on 05-23-2010. 2010..K65073HMc. © Red Carpet Pictures

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  1. denise says:

    Probably, but it was her boobs that landed her the role as Mrs. Ryan Reynolds.

  2. gracie says:

    I don’t think it was strictly the size of her boobs that booted her out of the running. I think more likely it was her lack of acting skills.

    She is about as exciting as a bowl of oatmeal. No depth.

  3. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Since they covered this on the Today Show (Rooney Mara getting cast as the title character) I am guessing this must have been a good ass book right? I have never seen people in such a tizzy over a book being made into film. I am gonna go buy this book.

    Love Scarlett, she is sooo hawt. OMG how cute is her makeup in the first pic.

  4. Leek says:

    I don’t know anything about this stuff except she seems to be the opposite of every other contender for the role so it makes sense she didn’t get it.

    Is the books that good? I started it and it feels like I’m taking a Swedish finance class.

    In other news…I was reading some of the comments and it seems like everyone is being mean to each other. Lots of bickering. I hope everyone is okay. It’s all just opinions about vapid celebs for the most part. Have some fun with it, and each other.

  5. Katie says:

    I don’t think it was her boobs that cost her the part b/c her boobs have gotten much smaller as she has lost weight over the past year or two. I don’t think she’s a great actress. I would have been super pissed if they gave the part to her.

  6. aenflex says:

    Now I need to read these books!

  7. Dorothy says:

    LOVE ANGELINA it is an awesome book, you just have to get through the first 60 pages, then you will not be able to put it down.

    Kaiser said “And I do not think highly of ScarJo if she thought she was right for Lisbeth. That just shows how dumb she really is.” I AGREE!!!! How she ever thought she would be good for this part??

    I actually kinda wanted Emma Watson, I thought she would have been good.

  8. Annicka says:

    I haven’t been able to watch a movie with Scarlett Johansson in it since I saw Girl With a Pearl Earring. Throughout the entire movie she does a perfect job of exhibiting that vacant look you described. But she does it through the entire film. As I recall, she barely says a word in it, she just looks around vacantly and occasionally she looks vacantly offended. God that movie was a piece of crap. And Scarlett was a huge part of what made it crap.

  9. OMJ says:

    A-fricken-men Katie. She’s a mediocre actress at best. Aside from that Lisbeth Salander is supposed to be teeny tiny and punky and raw. Scarlett is none of those things.
    Mostly, though, I just hate her face.

  10. PrettyTarheel says:

    @Love Angelina, they are fantastic books.

    Scarlett could never hope to fully disappear into this role. ScarJo is no where close to the right physical appearance for Lisbeth-not just her boobs, but her whole curvy figure, full lipped, seductive eyed bombshell is about as far from Lisbeth’s description as you can get. Lisbeth is basically built like a twelve year old boy and has a computer for a brain. ScarJo couldn’t hope to get it right with 3 years of acting lessons and Stieg Larsson himself giving her pointers.
    If she truly wanted this role, she’s delusional. I think she’s a good actress, but this was not for her.

  11. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Thank You Dorothy. LOL I am convinced, this book is everywhere. I am gonna go get it. 😀

  12. laurie says:

    Agree she is a mediocre movie actress, but she was really excellent in A View From the Bridge on Broadway. Not being a fan, I was not going to go just because she was in it, but the reviews were good and I went. She really surprised me. Maybe acting with Liev Schreiber took her over the top. And is it just me or does she look amazing in some photos but very ordinary in others?

  13. YOYO99 says:

    Ellen Page has the acting chops for the role.

  14. mslewis says:

    I think this is all a bunch of bs! There is no way Scarlett could have ever thought she could be Lisbeth. How could she have? It doesn’t make sense. I think somebody is planting lies to make Scarlett look ridiculous.

  15. mslewis says:

    Love Ange, don’t just read the book, go somewhere and rent the Swedish movie. It is excellent. The acting is amazing and the girl who plays Lisbeth is perfection in the role. If you have Netflix, you can see it right away without waiting for it to be mailed to you. I highly recommend this movie.

  16. kelbear says:

    Would of loved it if Ellen got the part.

  17. She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named says:

    just wondering, if the character is supposed to be a bad ass, why does she get a boob job in the 2nd book?

    I’d like to read these books, but that kind of stinkifies it for me. Should I read them anyway?

  18. Strawberry says:

    I’m still not over the fact that they’re doing a remake at all. It sucks.

    I don’t know anything about this Rooney Mara character, but her name’s a bit odd. But Daniel Craig as Blomkvist, that I can get behind, Reawr!

  19. original kate says:

    i’m guessing it was scarlett’s lack of talent that cost her the role. girlfriend is wooden.

  20. Sudini says:

    ScarJo is the last person I would think of as Salander. Starting with just the physical qualities, ScarJo is almost the antithesis.

    I just finished the first book and am already half way through the second. I’m LOVING this series. (I initially avoided it because of all the hype but now strongly recommend it!)

    @Dorothy – ITA. The first 60 pages or so were kind of sluggish but for the remaining 600 pages you can’t put it down 🙂

  21. zippersgirl says:

    I would guess it was sounding like she’s talking with marbles in her mouth for every role that lost her the part. She and Natalie Portman are akin to watching cardboard cutouts. That said, she is pretty.

  22. whattt says:

    Whyyyyyy are they remaking this movie??? I saw the original (made in 2009 for gods sake) last night and it was unbelievably amazing. Is there a problem in America where people’s attention spans are so low, they refuse to read subtitles??? Come ON now. That movie was so perfectly made, to remake an english version is an enormous joke.

  23. OC lady says:

    She is WRONG for the part. Lisbeth is very short, petite and androgynous. Scarlett is way too SEXY for the part.

  24. dj says:

    Leek: I so agree with you about attempting to read this book. I tried to read it on vacation and I felt like I was in a “swedish finance class” too! WTF? It made my head hurt. LOL. I’m hoping to make another valiant attempt soon though.

  25. eja102 says:

    just get past the first 60 pages, as someone mentioned.

    what have I seen this actress in? anyone? this scarlett?

    I like who they picked, and know what? I think natalie portman could have done it too. shitty actress but she looks the part.

  26. Boombeeba says:

    I love how everyone is picking on Scarlett jo’s acting skills, have ANY of u seem Rooneys acting as Nancy in the New Nightmare On Elm St??? Itt was horrendous & I wanted her to die more than anyone in that film. A) she looked waaaay to old to play Nancy (remember Heather Langenkamp *sp from the original was 20 when they Shot a nightmare on elm st in 84, yet she was fully believeable as an 16-18 y.o girl) this Rooney chick looked old as hell & her acting was despicable (& to those of u who say that u don’t have to “act” to be in a horror movie I give u Jamie Lee Curtis or even Danielle Harris in Halloween 5, hell even Laurence fishbourne & Patricia arquette did a better job in Nightmare on elm st 3 than Rooney did in the horrid Freddy remake) my point is if u can’t act in a horror movie & cannot connect to the audience as the heroine/ protagonist, if the whole theater is screaming pls kill this b*tch already Freddy, I don’t see her doing anything but destroying this new remake. I mean let’s face it, statistically speaking her remake acting capabilities are more horrifying than the actual movies she’s in IMO

  27. dread pirate cuervo says:

    Today’s schadenfreude is brought to you by the IBTC. LOL

  28. IsabelSinn says:

    I’ve never heard anything bad about the books, although I have never read them.. Though it seems I can’t read them until after the movies now. Is anyone else like that? If you read the book first it absolutely ruins the movie?

  29. masonwasp says:

    Isabel – everyone is like that. There are very few movies that do justice to books, especially books you love.

  30. JulieM says:

    Agreed that Scarjo would have been a terrible choice for Lisbeth. Rooney Mara, good luck, I wish you well. You have impossible shoes to fill. Noomi Rapace was perfection. They should not be remaking these movies. I’ve seen both Swedish movies and read the first two books and if you don’t mind spoilers, read the books first. I did. They left things out of the movies, of course most movies do. Reading the books helped with understanding Swedish culture, institutions, legal system, etc. As others have stated above, some of the reading is a hard slog, but well worth it for background. Waiting for paperback to read the third book.

  31. carrie says:

    he was too pretty,too famous,too blond ,not enough thin and dark to be a good Lisbeth

  32. Jesa says:

    Scarlett played her part in Lost and Translation brilliantly- and she was 18 at the time, playing a 25 year old ivy leaguer. Girl’s got it.

  33. Camille says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more Kaiser. ScarHo is way over rated.

  34. Truthzbetta says:

    “Vacant” oh yes. And by boobs we all mean her brain and her mouth, right?

    Yeah, the makeup trailer and plastic surgeon can’t fix her awful boobs.

  35. Nudgie says:


    The THREE books are excellent – I read all three of them in one week! (Get them all on Amazon in a bundle.)

  36. CB Rawks says:

    Amazon has the Swedish movie on sale right now for like 53% off.

  37. California Surfer says:

    Grandma and I totally agree, Ellen Page would have been awesome for the role.

  38. nel says:

    now i know scarjo is not talented but i still like her, but having her play lisbeth would have just turned “girl with the dragon tattoo” into a big pile of crap.
    scarjo playing a smart computer hacker, is like denise richards playing a nuclear scientist in bond lol and that was a parody.
    and ellen page, why she even screentested i’ll never know. im sorry i cant see her playing at role at ALL!
    lisbeth = tough bitch
    ellen page = juno, whip it and that girl in xmen… nuff said.
    she has been typecast like michael cera, they always PLAY the game type of personality on camera.
    its also why i dont like michael cera, cuz he always plays the same old. yeah yeah i get ure trying to be all indie but look at mark ruffalo, he plays EVERYTHING.
    and also i referenced the graphical scenes and this was immediately “of concern” to the hollywood tartlets..seriously they did say they are casting for girl with a dragon tatoo, not “slutty sidekick james bond girl”
    ohh you can show lots of grotesque violence in films (not saying girl with dragon tattoo does, just generally in movies these days)
    BUT heaven forbid you are in your birthday suit (nudity)….oh the humanity, will somebody please think of the children *cries*

  39. nel says:

    and its also hollywood shooting itself in the foot.
    for tooooo long, all they wanted was pretty tartlets that they can sell, forget about REAL acting skills, just pretty tartlets.
    look at the top earning “actresses” and they are all “oh sooo pretty” and mediocre acting skills.
    its because if an incredibly talented actress walked into casting but wasnt pretty, i.e cleavage, hair extensions.
    she gets the role as the girl who serves at the checkout.
    and if someone like blake lively or scarjo walked in, they get lead role.
    so after pulling the same shit for sooooo long, hollywood is now void of any real talent so when time comes for them to commit the SIN!! of remaking this great movie (which they will F**k up IMO)
    they got no talent pool to chose from, because left right and center, is all tartlets who cant act.

  40. Wiley says:

    I can understand this opinion because ignorant people just don’t get Scarlett. She’s not into chick flicks and sometimes you actually have to think in order to really understand her character and the movie. So, they got a cheap actress who was more than willing to do an abundance of nudity. Congratulations to her. She’ll probably get a free boob job too.

  41. CB Rawks says:

    heheh *eyeroll* at Wiley.
    Yes, Scarlett has never ever based her movie career around chick flicks. Only ALL of them.
    Oh no, she’s also a superhero now, so she appeals to fanboy nerds too.

  42. Dee Vine says:

    I’m halfway through the 3rd book. 1st one was ok, 2nd book was VERY good, 3rd book not too bad so far. I do have problems keeping track of the Swedish names.(other than the main characters)

    If ScarJo was Lisbeth Salander, I would have boycotted the movie. Does anyone watch Californication? The Lisbeth in my head when I read the book looks like Dani, Runkel’s assistant in Season 1, the dominatrix with piercings. Tiny, but fierce. (played by Rachel Miner)

  43. gabs says:

    She is bland and vacant in every role. Girl with a Pearl Earring, Lost in Translation, even back to the horse whisperer she was always blank. She was the weakest part of Iron Man 2.

    The fact she even tried for this part makes me hate her.

  44. lolo says:

    Her tits and nose are both fake. I don’t like her.