Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson are the two most popular and successful actresses in Hollywood. Both have given us commercially successful films as well as critically acclaimed ones. Both actresses have also been part of two major franchises – with Lawrence in the lead The hunger Games trilogy and Johansson playing Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So it’s a surprise when people find out that these two actresses were rejected for an Oscar-nominated role. And the one who rejects them is one of the hard-to-please directors – Mr. David Fincher. Fincher said no to JLaw and ScarJo for a role that earned actress Rooney Mara an Oscar nomination in 2012. And the film in question is none other than The girl with the dragon tattoo.
David Fincher didn’t want Jennifer Lawrence for Lisbeth
When director David Fincher began looking for actors for the English adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling novel of the same name, Millennium trilogy, the role of Lisbeth Salander was the most coveted. Many stars auditioned for the role, hoping to land it, but Fincher wasn’t so easy to please.
Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for the coveted role and was even considered for the lead role for a time. Ultimately, David Fincher decided to cast an actress who wasn’t as popular and cast Rooney Mara alongside Daniel Craig. The actress went on to land an Oscar nomination for the 2011 film, but lost it to Meryl Streep for The Iron Woman.
Scarlett Johansson is really wanted The girl with the dragon tattoo
Scarlett Johansson was another star who auditioned for the role in the David Fincher directorial. Rumors claimed she was considered too pretty for the role of Lisbeth, but the actress denied the speculation.
“That’s not exactly how it happened” she said on The Howard Stern Show, adding that the director said she should be “totally indifferent” of herself to play the role. The actress continued:
“I said, ‘I will, I can be that person,’ and he said, ‘No, you can’t.’ I really, really wanted this movie because I felt like I had something to bring to it and I think Fincher just had a different take on this character and Rooney Mara is, honestly, so perfect in this movie.
Unfortunately, the Black Widow The actress was denied the opportunity and admitted that Rooney Mara did a perfect job in the film.
The girl with the dragon tattoo is available to rent on Apple TV.