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Well, it looks like we have our “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Actress Rooney Mara has been cast in a three-picture deal as bisexual computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s adaptation of the famous book series by posthumous writer Stieg Larsson for Columbia Pictures. Casting decisions for the film have been made for the past several weeks, but the casting of Salander has been the long-awaited decision. She will star opposite Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomqvist.
Mara is an intriguing yet not out-of-the-blue choice for the role to say the least. Fincher said that he wanted an actress who hadn’t been “established.” Perhaps he meant that the actress shouldn’t be too famous, or maybe he meant that the actress wasn’t already identifiable with a certain film or franchise.
Mara fits perfectly into both of those scenarios. She hasn’t really had a breakout role or even one that she’s particularly famous for, but she has worked with Fincher on The Social Network, his upcoming film about the founding of Facebook. Since “Social Network” focuses mainly on characters portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, it’s arguable that Mara won’t break through with that project, but Fincher knows her acting style and how to work with her talents. Regardless, it had to be a very calculated decision as Mara will be commanding not just “Dragon Tattoo,” but all three films.
Mara most recently starred in the financially successful but critically mauled A Nightmare on Elm Street remake. Craig (Casino Royale), Stellan Skarsgard (Mamma Mia!), and Robin Wright (Forrest Gump) have already been cast in “Dragon Tattoo.” The film is set for a worldwide release on December 21, 2011.