This "news" was inevitable. A cute actress with long, flowing locks cuts off her hair one day. We're not talking a trim, but all of it, until said woman's hair looks like a pixie swim cap cutely clinging to her head. She then went on her website and said: "Cut my hair off a few days ago... Feels incredible. I love it. I've wanted to do this for years and years; it's the most liberating thing ever. Hope you like it."

Naturally, within a day or two of the news, gossip columns started bubbling with "reports" that this actress -- Harry Potter star Emma Watson -- chopped it off not for her own sense of liberation, but to audition for the part of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Gossip sites like The Sun claim that their sources attribute the new 'do to being gung-ho about the Salander part. Obviously, it's a possibility. Maybe she cut it to show that she's serious, and then realized that she really loved the new look. But to me, this screams an inevitable rumor whipped up because a young girl couldn't possibly chop off her hair like this without a film role in mind, and with Salander up for grabs, there was no chance these two things wouldn't be linked by someone, somewhere. And it looks like I'm right, since Gossip Cop reports that they talked to Watson's rep, who says this rumor is "absolutely false on all accounts."

No surprise.

If it was true, she's definitely an interesting choice, one that would allow Watson to continue the wizard-to-risque path crafted by her young co-stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Robert Pattinson. However, I can't say whether she'd be good. Watson has the least experience outside of Harry Potter, and a tough-as-nails punk heroine with a Swedish accent is in a whole other realm of performance.

Let's hope they cast this sucker soon so this continual wave of speculation ceases. Do you think Emma Watson is right for the role?