The Original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Looking at MI:4 and Sherlock Holmes 2

It’s good to be wanted in Hollywood: just ask Christoph Waltz, who has parlayed “overnight” fame in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” into a couple of high-profile (and no doubt high-paying) villain gigs in “The Green Hornet” and Paul W.S. Anderson’s upcoming version of “The Three Musketeers”. (Rumor also has him messing around with the “Spider-Man” reboot, but that’s just a rumor at this point.)

Things are looking equally bright for Noomi Rapace, the original Lisbeth Salander in the original “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, a character that will be played by Rooney Mara in the David Fincher-directed remake.

Rapace arrived in Hollywood this week in one of those marathon “meet and greet” sessions that Hollywood executives seem to love so much. From those meetings, Rapace has apparently left with standing offers for two big-time Hollywood movies: “Sherlock Holmes 2” and “Mission: Impossible 4”, and now has plans to meet with Brad Bird, the director of “MI:4”.

Rapace speaks fluent English, so language won’t be much of a barrier to a Hollywood career should she choose to continue following that path. If that’s the plan, taking female leading roles in either of those two sure-fire hits is definitely the way to go. It’ll be simpler to take the success of a “Mission: Impossible 4” or a “Sherlock Holmes 2” and turn it into more gritty, artsy fare in the future.

Ah, the Hollywood meet and greet. It's like the casting couch, without the couch.