August 16th, 2010
05:53 PM ET
After a closely watched search, Sony Pictures has announced that Rooney Mara will portray Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
Reportedly, the “Tattoo” team wasn’t considering actresses over 24 or taller than 5 feet 5 inches in order to match Larsson’s vision of Salander’s physical presence; she’s been described as a 24-year-old who could sometimes look 14. There was the added preference that the ideal lead be relatively unknown.
That combination of requirements is thought to be the reason why actresses like Natalie Portman, Mia Wasikowska and Ellen Page weren’t likely to get the part.
That left Mara, along with Australian actresses Sophie Lowe and Sarah Snook, plus Lea Seydoux of "Inglourious Basterds" thought to be in the running. Mara ended up beating them all out for the role of Larsson’s “fierce pixie of a heroine,” as the character has been described, Sony Pictures points out in their press release.
Mara will star alongside Daniel Craig in the movie, which begins shooting in Sweden next month. The picture will be directed by David Fincher, who also helmed "The Social Network," coincidentally the film where you can next see Mara when it debuts in theaters October 1.
Some of you weren’t convinced that a new version of Stieg Larsson’s blockbuster novel was even necessary, and are completely satisfied with a different adaptation starring Noomi Rapace.
If you’ve seen “Youth in Revolt” or 2010’s “Nightmare on Elm Street,” you’re familiar with a bit of Mara’s work – do you think she can pull it off?
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