David Fincher's remake of Stieg Larsson's novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo now has its leading man -- Daniel Craig has signed on to play journalist Mikael Blomkvist in Sony's update of the wildly popular thriller. Craig's character is a disgraced reporter who finds himself tasked with unraveling a decade's old mystery involving the disappearance of a young woman from a wealthy family. The Girl Who Played with Fire is currently making the rounds in theaters, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest is set to premiere on October 15.

Craig's deal has options for the actor to return for both sequels -- no small feat considering how busy he is these days. The performer who is best known for taking over the role of James Bond, could have a fledgling franchise in this series, and if the Comic-Con buzz is any indication, could have a third series in the works with Cowboys and Aliens. Trying to figure out the logistics of all these shooting schedules -- particularly if the next Bond film ever gets off the ground -- could be a real challenge.

With Craig now locked in, Fincher and company can start working on the next major casting selection -- choosing a young actress to play the role of antisocial hacker Lisbeth Salander. Deadline's list of potential candidates for the part includes Ellen Page, Emily Browning, Mia Wasikowska, Rooney Mara, Sara Snook, and Sophie Lowe.

I do like the casting of Craig in this part -- his Blomkvist should be similar to the one in the novel, which I just finished. Casting Salander is the more crucial, and difficult choice. Any of these ladies strike your fancy or would you prefer someone else?