EXCLUSIVE: Robin Wright is negotiating to star in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the David Fincher-directed adaptation of the Stieg Larsson novel for Sony Pictures Entertainment. She is in talks to play Erika Berger, the publisher of crusading finance magazine Millennium, and the occasional lover of journalist Mikael Blomkvist (to be played by Daniel Craig). The film is casting up quickly, even as Fincher and producer Scott Rudin take their time searching for the right young actress to play the computer hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander. Berger figures in Larsson’s sequel books The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, and Wright is negotiating a deal that includes options for both.

Wright is currently in the Bennett Miller-directed Moneyball for SPE, playing the ex-wife of ballplayer-turned-A’s general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt). She wrapped the female lead in the Robert Redford-directed The Conspirator that will debut at Toronto, and most recently starred in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and A Christmas Carol. SPE begins production on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo this fall for a December 21, 2011 release. Wright’s repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.