Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman weren't the only A-list actresses who got beaten out for the lead in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" -- it appears Carey Mulligan tried and failed to get the part of Lisbeth Salander on three separate occasions. In an interview with Little White Lies, the "Drive" star revealed that she had auditioned for the role of Lisbeth. Apparently, director David Fincher was looking for something else.

The first audition I did, I don't think I was sort of in his mind for it. So the first audition I did for the casting director without him. And then the second was with him and the third one was with him. He is very specific. He tells you exactly what he wants you to do. He's very kind. I was intimidated, but he was very... He's very direct. I like people who are direct ... he was just very, yeah, very specific, very direct, very honest and quiet brief -- with me, at least. His reputation of course is that he takes, like, 45 takes so him being brief with me was probably an indication that I wasn't going to get the job. But that's okay.

At least things worked out for Mulligan, who went on to star in "Drive" and "Shame," both of which were on many Best of 2011 lists.

At this point, it's hard to imagine anybody but Rooney Mara playing Lisbeth. However, you can't blame Carey for at least trying. One of the reasons she wanted the part was to break away from the roles she's taken in the past.

I just sort of went all out for it because I did feel a little bit stuck in sort of being young looking or playing these parts. And I'd done so much costume drama and all these things kept on presenting themselves as opportunities and I just thought, 'If I could do that... ha!' And also to work with him and to work with Daniel Craig was an amazing opportunity. It was such a great character.

Mulligan can be seen as Daisy Buchanan in the anticipated (and maybe less direct?) adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" on Christmas Day 2012.

[Little White Lies via indieWIRE]
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