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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to Square Off With Dracula

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    VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Actress Noomi Rapace attends the "Raavanan" premiere during the 67th Venice Film Festival at the Sala Grande Palazzo Del Cinema on September 6, 2010 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Noomi Rapace

    Settle down, folks. No one's writing a fourth installment of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. No, Noomi Rapace, star of the original Swedish films, has been cast for a new vampire film.

    Rapace and Ben---excuse us--Sir Ben Kingsley have signed on to star in "The Last Voyage of the Demeter," about the ill-fated ship that was meant to carry Count Dracula's coffin to the "teeming millions" of London, reported 24 Frames.

    In Bram Stoker's original novel, the Demeter is a Russian ship that sets sail from Varna only to run aground in Whitby, England, it's entire crew having vanished. A reading of the captain's log shows that one by one the men aboard the ship disappeared amid strange circumstances.

    While the role of the Count remains uncast, Rapace will play a stowaway on the ship and we're willing to bet that Kingsley will be the ship's captain.

    "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"

    [NATL] "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
    Based on the first installment of Swedish author Steig Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy," it tells the story of a middle-aged journalist and a punk rocker who team up to solve the mystery of a young girl's disappearance. David Fincher is thinking about directing the American version.

    Rapace has previously locked up a role in "Sherlock Holmes 2," and is being courted by producers all over Hollywood. It's a safe bet her name will continue to crop up around all manner of projects. Her final turn as Lisbeth Slander, in "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," opens in the states on Oct. 29.