Sherlock Holmes Sequel Gets Former Girl with Dragon Tattoo

After much speculation and interest, “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” star Noomi Rapace has decided on her first English-language Hollywood movie: the female lead in Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” sequel.

Rapace will join returning players Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as his more than capable sidekick Dr. Watson. Rapace’s role is being called the “female lead”, which would seem to indicate that Rachel McAdams, the first movie’s female lead, won’t be reprising her character Irene Adler, which is a shame. I rather liked McAdams as a devious conwoman.

The role comes after Rapace’s visit to Hollywood last month, when she was offered the female lead in two major studio franchises — “Sherlock Holmes 2″ and “Mission Impossible 4″. Paula Patton has since taken the “MI4″ role.

More recently, Rapace was linked to Tommy Wirkola’s “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” movie, though that one seems to have been premature.

Rapace is said to be playing a French Gypsy in the “Sherlock Holmes” sequel, which is set to shoot later this year with Ritchie back to direct. Holmes and Watson will face off against Holmes’ greatest enemy Moriarty, a shadowy villain who was revealed to be lurking behind the scenes in the first movie.

The first “Sherlock Holmes” was a massive hit for Warner Bros., clearing $523 million in worldwide box office. The DVD has added $42 million since its release.

'Psst. Check it out, Watson. Girl with a dragon tattoo. Bet that hurt.'