Actresses eye `... The Dragon Tattoo`

London: Hollywood actresses Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Keira Knightley are reportedly being considered for the lead role in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo".

"An Education" actress Carey Mulligan and "Juno" star Ellen Page are also reportedly keen to take on the lead role in the new version of the film based on the novel by Swedish author Stiegg Larsson.

However, director David Fincher is said to be unsure whether he wants to cast an established star or an unknown actress.

"David is not sure if he wants to go with an actress of any note or go with an unknown. David`s process is very specific and private. He`s looking for authenticity and a degree of fierceness and believability capable of delivering the intensity that the part on the page calls for," quoted a source as saying.

Actor Brad Pitt is believed to have been offered the male lead in the film.