12/22/2011 03:30 pm ET Updated Feb 21, 2012

Actresses As Lisbeth Salander From 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' (PHOTOS)

Before director David Fincher could officially cast Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in his version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," he had to put her through three months of auditions and tests to prove to Sony that she could carry a major franchise. But to get to Mara in the first place, Fincher had to go through a laundry list of different Hollywood superstars that just weren't right for the part.

"Look, we saw some amazing people. Scarlett Johansson was great. It was a great audition, I'm telling you. But the thing with Scarlett is, you can't wait for her to take her clothes off," he told Vogue back in October. "I keep trying to explain this. Salander should be like E.T. If you put E.T. dolls out before anyone had seen the movie, they would say, 'What is this little squishy thing?' Well, you know what? When he hides under the table and he grabs the Reese's Pieces, you love him! It has to be like that."

Natalie Portman, Ellen Page and Carey Mulligan were also rumored to be up for the role. Obviously, they didn't get the part, but one artist decided to imagine what it might look like if those actresses, amongst others, did win the role. Check out a few of them below, and click over to ButYoureLikeReallyPretty.com to see the rest.