British actress Carey Mulligan is in talks to take on the coveted lead role of the US film adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
The Oscar nominee, who worked as a barmaid until just a few years ago, is reportedly soon to sign a £10 million deal for the punk heroine role.
It is understood director David Fincher, and the family of the late Swedish author, think she is perfect for the role.
And the 24-year-old has made it clear she would be delighted to be involved.
"I am obsessed with those books," she said in a recent interview.
"I would love to do them. I am not going to lie about that. I would love to play Lisbeth Salander."