Original ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Noomi Rapace Cast In ‘Sherlock Holmes 2’

It was hard to pay attention to anything other than the crazy, hectic excitement swirling around the VMAs this weekend, but when we did take a break to see what else was going on in the film world, we were shocked and thrilled by what we found. On Saturday, The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog got the exclusive that Noomi Rapace, star of the Swedish “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” film and its sequels, was cast as the female lead in the upcoming “Sherlock Holmes 2.”

This will be Noomi’s first English-language role, and it’s definitely a pretty big deal! We’re glad Hollywood isn’t ignoring her great work in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and pretending that the entire film trilogy didn’t happen now that David Fincher is doing his own American adaptation of the novels starring Rooney Mara.

Heat Vision says that Noomi’s role is “shrouded in mystery,” but they’ve heard that she might be playing a French gypsy. It’s also unclear whether the role will be romantic in nature, like the previous “Sherlock Holmes” film.

We love us some Rachel McAdams, but it seems pretty fair to say that she was the weakest link in 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes,” which grossed over $209 million domestically. Our favorite parts of the film were the ones that highlighted the chemistry between Sherlock (Robert Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law), so Noomi will hopefully be able to tap into that in the upcoming 2011 sequel.

Since Noomi’s breakthrough performance in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Heat Vision says she has had several meetings with top producers and directors to discuss breaking into Hollywood, and that “Sherlock Holmes 2” is the first role to come out of them. We expect to hear at least a couple more roles announced soon for Noomi, and wish her the best of luck.

Are you glad that Noomi Rapace is getting roles in Hollywood? What did you think of her performance in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”?