Rooney 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.
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