Rooney Mara led The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie casting searches for a while. Finally, Rooney Mara joined The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie cast, as Mara filled the biggest Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie piece of all. The search for the new Lisbeth Salander has consumed fans of the book for months, and now they have a year to dissect it. From the start, it was apparent that a newcomer, or someone relatively new, would fill the piercings of one of the most talked-about heroines in years. Now Rooney Mara has The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie expectations entirely on her shoulders, as fans will be putting her through the ringer.
The smash novel series turned smash foreign movie franchise, is getting adapted for American audiences in 2011. The first pairing of hard-boiled Swedish journalist Mikael Blomkvist and punk hacker Lisbeth Salander is set to start filming shortly. But it couldn’t start without a Lisbeth, so the search was finally concluded yesterday.
Mara won The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie search after an intense competition. Names like Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Ellen Page and Carey Mulligan were rumored, but it was likely the role would go to a lesser-known actress. Director David Fincher followed through on that route, giving the young Mara her big break.
Audiences’ first exposure to Rooney Mara was likely in the Nightmare on Elm Street remake back in April. Some may better recognize her sister Kate, who has appeared in Brokeback Mountain, We Are Marshall and Shooter. But Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie producers hope that casting an under-the-radar star will pay off, like when Twilight turned Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson into icons.
Although the bulk of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie buzz will be on Rooney Mara, she will have a fair share of help. Daniel Craig is already set to play Mikael Blomkvist, with Robin Wright and Stellan Skarsgard co-starring. Mara also has a familiar director, as she worked with Fincher in the upcoming The Social Network.
As it turns out, The Social Network is becoming a big launching pad for young actors, although it won’t be released for two more months. Andrew Garfield used advance buzz from the movie to become the new Spider Man, and now Mara has been propelled to leading-lady status. With Oscar buzz also surrounding the film, it seems Fincher will head into Girl With The Dragon Tattoo with a lot of momentum.
Now that the casting is finished, fans of the novels and the Swedish movie adaptations, have another wait ahead. Filming will begin on Labor Day, so behind-the-scenes pictures of Rooney Mara in Lisbeth’s distinct wardrobe will be a hot commodity. Yet The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo won’t arrive in theaters until December 2011.
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