I'm not going to salander Rooney Mara or anything, but I would have preferred for original Lisbeth Salander, Noomi Rapace, to come out to America to reprise the role in David Fincher's English-language version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (and sequels). But rather than do as Penelope Cruz did for Vanilla Sky, Rapace declined to be considered for the remake and instead is looking for other ways to break into Hollywood.

Will she be successful? Throughout the 20th century we saw so many foreign actresses rocket to stardom in Hollywood, but in the past decade there have been a number of surprising disappointments. Occasional industry conquerors like Cruz and maybe Marion Cotillard (we'll see) break the modern mold, but for the most part Hollywood miscasts and undervalues imported starlets. So, I don't foresee Rapace being the next Lena Olin let alone the next Ingrid Bergman. More likely she'll join the group of women below, for better or worse:

Audrey Tautou

Foreign breakthrough: Amelie (2001)
Hollywood movie: The Da Vinci Code (2006)

She was allegedly warned against doing the Hollywood thing by Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (who had his own failure with Alien: Resurrection) and even seemed to obey him for a while there. But five years after winning the hearts of film geeks the world over, she cashed in big time by starring opposite none other than Tom Hanks in one of the most anticipated films of the decade, The Da Vinci Code (kind of the Dragon Tattoo of its time, only bigger). The mainstream audiences didn't fall as hard for her in that, but she doesn't seem to mind, preferring to maintain permanent residence in Paris while at least being a member of the Academy. And she's done well enough in the international spotlight with films like Priceless and Coco Before Chanel, as well as appearing in Chanel ads, to keep her face circulating in the U.S. for whenever another studio comes calling for some other paycheck role that's beneath her.
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