Noomi Rapace was integral to making The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo so successful, the film's producer has said.
Without the Swedish actress' performance as the troubled hacker in the original film trilogy based on Stieg Larsson's best-selling books, the films could not have been a hit, Soren Staermose said.
"We did a lot of different casting but we were finally convinced with Noomi. The wrong casting could have ruined it. She is incredible," he said.
Soren was sure of Noomi's talent after seeing her act in a play in their home country.
"I saw her on stage as the lead, and she was unbelievable. She was like a hand grenade," he continued.
"She got so into the character, 100 per cent. I have worked with her before, and she proves she can play a lot of different characters."
"The main protagonist is Lisbeth Salander, not a police inspector, who is young, Gothic punk and a woman who is allowed to be herself in a very different way. She's so odd, and anti-social, yet grows to be very attractive. She is clever and she can fight back. It was great to have a female character that is so fresh and different."
Soren is thrilled she has broken out, with a role in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows and is about to start filming Prometheus with Ridley Scott.
"Her life has changed totally, I think. It's great for her. She has had a big jump into the world," he added.
:: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest is available on DVD from April 11.