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Hollywood unknown cast as Lisbeth Salander

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 17 Aug 2010, 10:30

Published: 17 Aug 2010 10:30 GMT+02:00

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The identity of the actress to play the hacker heroine of the Swedish author's bestselling thriller trilogy has been the topic of intense discussion during the spring as the role has been seen as one of the most coveted for many years.

The choice of Rooney Mara, who worked with Tattoo director David Fincher in The Social Network, a film about the founders of Facebook due for release in October, has surprised Hollywood watchers with almost every A list young actress connected to the role at some point.

Mara will play opposite Daniel Craig who has been given the role of investigative journalist Mikael Blomqvist. Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård has also confirmed that he had been offered the role of the main villain, Martin Vanger.

The 25-year-old has a modest CV in comparison to the likes of Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, Scarlett Johansson and Ellen Page, all of whom were hotly tipped to claim the role played by Noomi Rapace in the Swedish language original.

Aside from her role in The Social Network, Rooney has starred in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Dare and has appeared on ER. She is the sister of actress Kate Mara and oversees the charity Faces of Kibera, which provides food, clothing and medical care for orphans in a Nairobi slum.

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Shooting for Tattoo is slated to begin in Stockholm in October for a December 21st, 2011 release.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:17 August 17, 2010 by Annaya
She is unknown but perhaps she will fit the role. My choice would have been

Natalie Portman who would have been excellent. It probably doesn't matter because the book is always better than the film.
12:43 August 17, 2010 by l33tshane
so we don't get to see natalie portman topless now?!
12:48 August 17, 2010 by summo
I might be wrong but the author was probably not picturing a character like daniel craig when he thought out Blomqvist.
13:09 August 17, 2010 by planethero
That´s a picture of two ladies, just wondering which one is rooney?

It´s like a dating site when the girl has a picture of her and mates and you are left wondering whether it is the fit one, ugly one, slutty one or fat one. part of you hopes for the fit one, and another part of you for the slutty one =:O)
13:49 August 17, 2010 by Kevtravels
She's the dark haired one. Extremely unknown. Her sister though is slightly more well known than her.
20:08 August 17, 2010 by bloozshooz
Stieg was right, a lot of you do hate women. --Reg Keeland
00:41 August 18, 2010 by Aussie Swede
I'm sorry, but as an Australia who appreciates Scandinavian films, I have a blatant fear that this movie will be ruined by re-making it. They did the same with the Danish film Brothers. What an utter abomination.
08:25 August 18, 2010 by bergmästaren
Well, they already ruined the book by translating it into english and giving it a completely different title.
10:45 August 18, 2010 by Borilla
As an American who loves the Trilogi (books and movie), I was hoping Rapace would get the part but I knew that hope was in vain. I like Craig but have absolutely no doubt that, by the time they are through, Hollywood will have completely screwed things up. Unfortunately, I will then have to spend my money to go see how they did.
11:42 August 18, 2010 by hpunlimited
It will probably go well in Canada and the UK. In the USA it will go under "Lesbian theme" label.
11:53 September 22, 2010 by Earandur Lissesul
I am not keen on the idea of a Hollywood remake, personally think the original Swedish versions will be hard to beat. Noomi Rapace made the Lisbeth Salander role her own.
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