Rooney Mara is Girl With Dragon Tattoo

Actress lands lead in David Fincher's remake

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Rooney Mara, a relative unknown, has been cast as goth hacker Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

The actress, who's most high-profile role to date was in this year's A Nightmare On Elm Street remake, beat competition from A-list actresses such as Natalie Portman, Ellen Page and Anne Hathaway for the much coveted role.

Tattooed, pierced and no-nonsense, Lisbeth Salander is the star of all three books in the Millenium Trilogy, the best-selling series written by the late Stieg Larsson.

She is an expert hacker who lends her considerable skills and intelligence to journalist Mikael Blomkvist as he investigates a decades old disappearance.

One of the strongest and most complex female characters in recent creation, the race to play her in the English language remake of the hit Swedish adaptation has inspired much rumor of late.

With the prize being a starring role in a potential box-office smashing, awards baiting trilogy, it's easy to see why nearly every actress in Hollywood had been vying for the part.

Mara, who also appears in Fincher's The Social Network, rounds out the cast of Dragon Tattoo, which already includes Daniel Craig as Blomkvist, Robin Wright and Stellan Skarsgard.

Filming is due to start in September this year in Sweden, with the release set for December, 2011.

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    • koolerking

      Aug 17th 2010, 5:01

      There was also a rumour today that if the part went to a well known it would have been scarlet Johanson.

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    • graverobber666

      Aug 17th 2010, 7:41

      NO! No no no no no no NO! Possibly the worst choice out ofall those up for the part. I unfortunatley had to sit through the god-awful pile of tripe that was the Nightmare on Elm Street remake (oh forgive me "re-invisioning") and she was hands down oneof the worst actresses I've EVER seen. No emotion whatsoever, I'm amazed she was able to even string a sentence together. Looks like this will be the one and only Fincher film I sit out on and just stick with the original. To think it COULD have been Ellen Page, for shame.

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    • graverobber666

      Aug 17th 2010, 7:43

      NO NO NO NO! Great this is now a film I certainly wont be seeing and for such a fan of Fincher I'm bitterly dissapointed. She was GOD AWFUL in the Nightmare remake and can.not.act to save her life. Why the hell wasnt Ellen Page chosen?

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 18th 2010, 5:51

      She'll have done testing for the role and it's obvious Fincher was impressed with her work in Social Network. I'am willing to give Mara a chance.

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