My teenage daughter is caught up with the idea that although a highly acclaimed film version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" has been made in Sweden and released on DVD in the United States (just $19.99 in a flashy display at Borders!), there are already plans to remake it with an American cast.
She is anticipating casting "disaster."
"They can't just stick a nose ring on some blonde Kristen Stewart and call her a badass."
Well, they can, but it won't make it so, I assure her.
There are few bedrock truths in this life, and one of them is that badass girls are brunettes.
So who could be believable in the role as punked-out crime-solving computer hacker Lisbeth Salander? A young Angelina Jolie? A young Wynnona Ryder? Do we even have actresses like this in the wings these days?
"No," she says emphatically. "They are going to have to find someone unknown."
You know, like Sweden's Noomi Rapace, the original Lisbeth.