Rooney Mara Snags Lead Role in 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'
by Ethan Anderton
August 16, 2010
Fantastic young actresses like Ellen Page, Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman and Mia Wasikowska have been mentioned as contenders to take the lead role of Lisbeth Salander in the American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Today Columbia Pictures announced via press release that Rooney Mara (The Social Network, A Nightmare on Elm Street) has landed the role opposite Daniel Craig, Robin Wright and Stellan Skarsgard in David Fincher's take on the first book of The Millenium Trilogy, Stieg Larsson's series of books which have been published in 44 countries and sold more than 40 million copies worldwide so far.
The story (courtesy of Amazon) follows Mikael Blomkvist (Craig), a once-respected financial journalist who watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch - and there's always a catch - is that he must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a misunderstood hacker genius with a cache of authority issues.
Mara isn't as high profile of an actress as some of the other names mentioned, but her casting shouldn't be all that surprising considering she just starred in Fincher's Facebook-centric film The Social Network. The actress will certainly be better known after this but now she has the difficult task of bringing a character to life which the NY Times called, "one of the most original characters in a thriller to come along in a while." Lisabeth Salander (as you can see in any photos) is a strong, active female - "a gamin, Audrey Hepburn look-alike but with tattoos and piercings, the take-no-prisoners attitude of Lara Croft and the cool, unsentimental intellect of Mr. Spock. The vulnerable victim turned vigilante; a willfully antisocial girl."
It's definitely clear why this was such a highly sought after role for actresses, and we'll be eagerly waiting to hear how Fincher's adaptation moves through production up to it's release in December, 2011 next year.