When word hit that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace was looking to break into Hollywood, our Christopher Campbell mused about the many foreign actresses who try to hit it big stateside and come up short of their initial fame. It could, perhaps, happen to Rapace, but following in the footsteps of the character who made her famous -- Lisbeth Salander -- Ms. Rapace is making her own rules.

It turns out that the Swedish actress is eligible for an Oscar, so she's not only a hot commodity as she tours Hollywood studios and potential stateside work, but she's now a premiere name in the Oscar race.

Deadline has confirmed that Rapace is eligible for the Best Actress Oscar, because Music Box Films released Dragon Tattoo in an LA county theater in March, and Music Box will be hiring a publicist to promote Rapace as an Oscar contender. She's already won the Swedish equivalent.

To sweeten the pot, her tour of Hollywood is going very well. She's been compared to Marion Cotillard, and told that she could follow a similar path, especially because "you speak English better than she does." Sources say that Warner Brothers wants her for Sherlock Holmes 2, while Paramount wants her for Mission Impossible 4. She's also met with Brett Ratner (he says he just wanted to meet her), Ridley Scott (whose films she grew up on), Brad Fischer (about The Last Voyage of the Demeter), Jon Amiel (about Masterwork), James McTeigue (about The Raven), Tommy Wirkola (about Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters), and McG (about playing a villain in This Means War).

One can only hope that she can weed through that pile -- there are some she should disregard immediately -- and pick something really good and worthy of the Salander wake. Can you imagine her opposite Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes 2? I'd love to see them in a battle of wits. It would also be pretty darned great if Hollywood tries to up the ante on the female roles it offers her. Studios are already shocked that she's nothing like Lisbeth, and is actually a beautiful woman with a great sense of humor. What a revelation. That, my dears, is called acting.

Let's hope Hollywood can offer her something worthy of her talents.