The actor is in negotiations to play Martin Vanger in the American adaptation of the popular Swedish novel.
He will play journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the David Fincher film.
Sony Pictures will unveil the David Fincher film on December 12, 2011.
Sony's Amy Pascal also wants the director to make all three books in Stieg Larsson's series.
The current James Bond is in talks for the David Fincher remake.
David Fincher's English-language adaptation of the Stieg Larsson bestseller.
It seems his latest project, Pawn Sacrifice has been placed on the back burner.
The director is reteaming with Columbia pictures for this project.