Wednesday, August 18, 2010

After a long wait of anticipation, the announcement has finally been made of who will be playing Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's English language remake of the Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy starting with "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" slated for a December 2011 release.

The choice of Rooney Mara, a relative unknown recently seen in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" remake and "Youth in Revolt," is a good one. It was also the most predicted choice as Mara is soon to appear in Fincher's "The Social Network." I'm trying to picture the actress with chopped black hair and wearing thick black makeup and lots of leather, and I think she could pull it off.

Comparing the two actresses, Rooney Mara (left) doesn't bear much resemblance to Noomi Rapace (right), who plays Lisbeth in the Swedish original, but no resemblance is required, however, as Mara can make the part entirely her own. The big question, though, is whether or not she has the acting chops to pull off the part, one that is quite dynamic and demanding both emotionally and physically. If she does make it work, then she's looking at a surefire breakout performance that is assuming Fincher's version of the films will be as big of a hit in America.

And with Daniel Craig (left) already announced to be playing the part of Mikael Blomkvist, who was played by Michael Nyqvist (right), I'm looking forward to him and Rooney Mara making a great team, one that will hopefully stand right there with the success of Nyqvist and Rapace.

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