In case you were wondering what David Fincher envisions superhacker and ass-kicking private investigator Lisbeth Salander will look like in his forthcoming adaptation of the bestseller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, just attend a Die Antwoord concert. Sources tell Vulture that Fincher has been raving that the breakout South African rap group’s bleached-blonde, mullet-sporting Yo-Landi Vi$$er is exactly who he wants his Salander to look and act like.
Less clear is whether Fincher specifically hopes to get Vi$$er herself for his Columbia film’s Salander role, or merely is holding her up as his ideal meme girl. Insiders at William Morris Endeavor — which reps Die Antwoord, now on a world tour — caution that “while we know Fincher really likes her, it’s not clear if that role is real yet.” Other movie studios have also been calling WME inquiring about Vi$$er’s availability and interest in acting; this wave of attention was likely sparked by Fincher’s interest, as well as her recent raised profile and unique look.
Meanwhile, Carey Mulligan (An Education) has also long been rumored for the Salander part, as has Twilight star Kristen Stewart, though she recently told David Letterman she’s too busy to even think about trying for the coveted hacker gig. Busy, like world tour busy? We thought not!