Was Kristen Stewart Edged out of ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Lead?

Sorry, Kristen Stewart fans; your dreams of seeing the Twilight beauty kicking butt as hacker Lisbeth Salander in a The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake probably won’t be fulfilled.

Sony Pictures has issued a December 21, 2011, release date for Dragon Tattoo, and a short list of potential actresses for the lead role is rumored to be circulating. Unfortunately, while K-Stew was reported to be in contention for the part, her name is apparently no longer included in the mix

Based on the 2009 Swedish hit (which, in turn, was based on the first book of author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy), Dragon Tattoo has become the source of rabid casting speculation, with everyone from Stewart to Natalie Portman to Carey Mulligan said to be in contention for the part of Salander. Though Mulligan has now confirmed that she won’t be pursuing the part, other actresses currently said to be in the running include Ellen Page, Alice in Wonderland lead Mia Wasikowska, Sucker Punch’s Emily Browning, and The Social Network’s Rooney Mara.

The role of publisher Mikael Blomkvist is also yet to be cast. Daniel Craig is in talks to play the part, a possibility that seems increasingly likely following the recent decision to put the James Bond movie franchise on indefinite hiatus.

Don’t worry too much about Stewart, though; in addition to the two-part Breaking Dawn finale of the Twilight series, which will begin filming in the fall, K-Stew is currently preparing to film the big-screen adaptation of the classic Jack Kerouac Beat Generation novel On the Road, in which she’ll play Marylou.

With K-Stew out of the running for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, who would you like to see in the lead role? Share your thoughts in the comments section, and watch the trailer for the original Swedish version — featuring Noomi Rapace as Salander — below:

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