Rooney Mara 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Lisbeth Salander: Good Choice?

by Anna Robinson

Rooney MaraRooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Good news? Well, possibly. I'm unfamiliar with Mara's work (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Youth in Revolt, The Winning Season) though I'm a fan of her sister, Kate Mara.

Anyhow, I'll have a better chance to become acquainted with Rooney Mara once David Fincher's The Social Network comes out. Fincher, who will be directing the Hollywood version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, was himself responsible for Mara's casting according to reports.

For all I know, Mara may turn out to be a great Lisbeth, the asocial, tattooed, nose-ringed computer hacker who helps a disgraced journalist crack a 40-year-old disappearance case. Even so, I can't help but be disappointed that Kristen Stewart was taken out of the running a while back. I believe Stewart would have been a great choice for Lisbeth, played by Noomi Rapace in the Swedish original.

As the journalist, Daniel Craig will potentially have another franchise lying in wait for him – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is part one of late author Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. That would not be a bad thing for Craig, considering all the MGM-James Bond woes of late.

Adapted by Steve Zaillian and produced by Scott Rudin for Sony Pictures, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is slated to open on Dec. 21, 2011. Robin Wright and Stellan Skarsgård are also in the cast.

Fincher's The Social Network, by the way, opens the New York Film Festival on Sept. 24. Fincher is probably hoping that all the publicity surrounding Mara's Dragon Tattoo casting will translate into hyped-up interest for The Social Network.

As an aside: To compare the search for Lisbeth Salander in 2010 to the search for Gone with the Wind's Scarlett O'Hara in the late '30s is pretty absurd. David O. Selznick kept hunting for his Scarlett for about two years; dozens of top names – from Norma Shearer to Katharine Hepburn – were considered and/or tested for the role before Vivien Leigh nabbed it.

Perhaps Lisbeth is the most sought-after role since, huh, the lead in Sydney Pollack's Sabrina remake? (Remember who played her?)

Photo: HO / Reuters

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marie castelli -


J.P.D. -

Meh. Not excited about this casting. When I read the books I see Noomi Rapace.

I agree with Ebert. Kristen Stewart and Edward Norton would have been the edgier choice. Now, it just seems like another boring remake. Congrats to Rooney for working, though.

Louis -

Hey Nicole, thanks for those KS recommendations. I'll def'ly check them out. She's been working with some heavyweights!

Nicole -

@Louis Please go out and rent The Runaways. You will definitely see why A.S. mentioned Kristen. Plus she's the best thing about Twilight. Without her, I wouldn't have ever seen that drivel.

Kristen is also working on Kerouac's On the Road, produced by Francis Ford Coppola and directed by Walter Salles. Her next movie Welcome to the Rileys comes out in November. KS is definitely doing movie to appeal to an older and bigger audience.

Sorry for the fangirling. Kristen would have totally rocked it as Lisbeth, but I also don't think they need a remake. The only benefit of Breaking Dawn (last Twilight movies) is seeing her become a vampire and a mother.

Louis -

Have to admit I had to “imdb” her, 'cause I only know her name from the “Twilight” series - which I haven't seen. Didn't know she was Jodie Foster's kid in “Panic Room,” remember liking the child actress in that. Also saw part of “Speak” once, she was very good in that. So… can def'ly see how she'd have been your pick.

Louis -

A: Julia Ormond. Q: Perhaps Lisbeth is the most sought-after role since, huh, the lead in Sydney Pollack's Sabrina remake? (Remember who played her?)

You make a good point about comparing the search for “Lisbeth” to the one for “Scarlett,” the media is more than a bit out of breath on that score. However, the books are indeed a huge phenom, huge loads of fans, and the May release of the third book was indeed avidly anticipated, so the movies will have a huge built-in audience here.

(Kristen Stewart? Never thought of her, but I can see that, she could've been cool. Myself, I was going for Ellen Page, she was eerie in “Hard Candy.”)

azure -

I am one of the biggest Kristen fans, but I didn't want her in this. She is working on OTR and the last two Twilight movies. They have top directors (Walter Salles and Bill Condon). By the end of the saga, she will have been in a five movie franchise. This role is suited for someone that needs the break. Kristen doesn't need it. She would have been great as Lisbeth, just like she was as Joan Jett.

Carey Mulligan really wanted this part. She even met with the author's family. I wonder what went wrong. Daniel Craig is bad casting to me. I was more excited when there were George Clooney rumors. Then to hear Fincher is putting it in Sweden makes me wonder what the point is for a remake in the first place.

This definitely isn't the biggest casting news. More people care about who plays Katniss in The Hunger games than this. That casting is going to be brutal. I hope this girl can pull it off because the fans of the original will be watching.


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