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Rooney Mara cast alongside Daniel Craig in Dragon Tattoo

Aug. 16, 2010by: Mike Sampson

It was perhaps one of the hottest roles in Hollywood: Lisbeth Salander the pretty punk princess at the center of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. While director David Fincher had settled on Daniel Craig as his male lead fairly early on, Fincher took his time finding the right girl for GIRL. Carey Mulligan and Ellen Page were in the running and Emma Watson even chopped off her hair for the audition. But in the end, Fincher maintained he wanted an unknown and, while he didn't exactly cast an unknown, he got something with a slightly lower profile.

Fincher and Sony Pictures have cast Rooney Mara (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) to star alongside Craig in DRAGON TATTOO. As per a deal struck when she did her screentest, Mara is signed on for all three books in the trilogy including THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE and THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST. Mara is no stranger to Fincher having filmed a role in the upcoming drama THE SOCIAL NETWORK for the director. While some are already complaining that Mara's performance in ELM STREET was so wooden in made Paul Walker look like Sir Laurence Olivier by comparison, remember that Fincher has a tendency to bring out the best in actors.

Filming on DRAGON TATTOO is set to begin next month in, where else?, Sweden with a December, 2011 release planned. THE SOCIAL NETWORK hits theaters on October 1.

Extra Tidbit: Rooney is actually her middle name. Patricia is her real first name.
Source: JoBlo.com

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11:09AM on 08/19/2010
my daddy owns the ny giants!
my daddy owns the ny giants!
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10:19AM on 08/17/2010

All About the Looks?

Interesting to compare the casting of the leads in the Swedish production, and here in the Hollywood production.

Up the ante on the sex appeal 10 fold in the Hollywood production. Not sure how Rooney Mara will fair in this role; Noomi Rapace knocked it out of the park, and I don't see R.M. being able to approach the level of intensity N.R. brought to the role (actually, I can't see ANYONE in the role besides her). As for Daniel Craig, I don't quite see me buying him as a financial
Interesting to compare the casting of the leads in the Swedish production, and here in the Hollywood production.

Up the ante on the sex appeal 10 fold in the Hollywood production. Not sure how Rooney Mara will fair in this role; Noomi Rapace knocked it out of the park, and I don't see R.M. being able to approach the level of intensity N.R. brought to the role (actually, I can't see ANYONE in the role besides her). As for Daniel Craig, I don't quite see me buying him as a financial journalist. If it has to be an A-list star, I would have loved a 'not as fat as in State of Play' Russell Crowe or even Clive Owen (who I think would have tackled the role better than Daniel Craig).

But its obvious that sex appeal and marketability were high on the charts, whereas in the Swedish production it was all about the character.
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6:36AM on 08/17/2010
Seriously I hate the Nightmare on elm street remake, its soooo bad it makes feast 2 and 3 and halloween 2 look like masterpieces but I have to say that david fincher (in my opinion) is the greatest director I mean he is able to take anybody no matter how stupid they may seem to the (Jared leto, Meat Loaf, Traji Henson, Brad pitt, Ricard Roundtree and with performances rom jeesie eisenberg and Justin Timberlake in social network coming up) he makes i work i have never seen a director take so
Seriously I hate the Nightmare on elm street remake, its soooo bad it makes feast 2 and 3 and halloween 2 look like masterpieces but I have to say that david fincher (in my opinion) is the greatest director I mean he is able to take anybody no matter how stupid they may seem to the (Jared leto, Meat Loaf, Traji Henson, Brad pitt, Ricard Roundtree and with performances rom jeesie eisenberg and Justin Timberlake in social network coming up) he makes i work i have never seen a director take so many people from varied acting gigs then turn up in finchers fil and give what has to be the performance of a life time (brad's done it 3 times i dunno how but he gets better in each film) So while we didnt get the girl we wanted (i wanted emily browning)I trust fincher that he has made the right decision especially if he does done extensive casting as being reported as long as its better than the shit original dragon tattoo then i have no problems with this film
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12:07AM on 08/17/2010
Hmmm, dun know what to think. She could do great, but this is a huge role to take on. However, of all the proposed actresses, I can see her playing the part. I can't see any of the others playing the punk role up, but I think this could be Mara's big break.
Hmmm, dun know what to think. She could do great, but this is a huge role to take on. However, of all the proposed actresses, I can see her playing the part. I can't see any of the others playing the punk role up, but I think this could be Mara's big break.
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9:53PM on 08/16/2010

I'm up for this

Remember "A Nightmare on Elm Street" was also directed by a music video director with a knack for visuals. While that film looked great a lot of the time, I don't think he was ready to draw a performance out of a group of teens. Fincher, on the other hand is completely capable of getting a good performance. Therefore I'm excited she got the role as opposed to an actress that may be overexposed.
Remember "A Nightmare on Elm Street" was also directed by a music video director with a knack for visuals. While that film looked great a lot of the time, I don't think he was ready to draw a performance out of a group of teens. Fincher, on the other hand is completely capable of getting a good performance. Therefore I'm excited she got the role as opposed to an actress that may be overexposed.
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9:46PM on 08/16/2010

I'm up for this

Remember "A Nightmare on Elm Street" was also directed by a music video director with a knack for visuals. While that film looked great a lot of the time, I don't think he was ready to draw a performance out of a group of teens. Fincher, on the other hand is completely capable of getting a good performance. Therefore I'm excited she got the role as opposed to an actress that may be overexposed.
Remember "A Nightmare on Elm Street" was also directed by a music video director with a knack for visuals. While that film looked great a lot of the time, I don't think he was ready to draw a performance out of a group of teens. Fincher, on the other hand is completely capable of getting a good performance. Therefore I'm excited she got the role as opposed to an actress that may be overexposed.
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7:51PM on 08/16/2010
All i know is that her sister Kate Mara is #1 on my all time hotties list!

I was hoping they would cast the same girl from the Swedish would be cast. Or Emma Watson.
All i know is that her sister Kate Mara is #1 on my all time hotties list!

I was hoping they would cast the same girl from the Swedish would be cast. Or Emma Watson.
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7:12PM on 08/16/2010

Not having read any of the books or seen the original...

isn't the character supposed to be unfeeling and wooden?
isn't the character supposed to be unfeeling and wooden?
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7:07PM on 08/16/2010
He could have chosen ANY of the bevvy of gifted young actresses out there and he chooses Rooney Mara? They obviously cast her for her appeal. She's not a good actress. You disappoint me, Fincher.
He could have chosen ANY of the bevvy of gifted young actresses out there and he chooses Rooney Mara? They obviously cast her for her appeal. She's not a good actress. You disappoint me, Fincher.
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12:06AM on 08/17/2010
What exactly have you seen her in to make such a determination? She hasn't really been in anything to prove she's a good actress. This could be a great opportunity to do as such.
What exactly have you seen her in to make such a determination? She hasn't really been in anything to prove she's a good actress. This could be a great opportunity to do as such.
7:29AM on 08/17/2010
ANOES and that was enough. Give me a break. Just because she's hot doesn't mean she's a good actress.
ANOES and that was enough. Give me a break. Just because she's hot doesn't mean she's a good actress.
9:00AM on 08/17/2010
David Fincher knows more about filmmaking then you, man - sit back, relax and enjoy Fincher's instinct.
David Fincher knows more about filmmaking then you, man - sit back, relax and enjoy Fincher's instinct.
1:26PM on 08/17/2010
Eat my nuts and enjoy the ooze. This is a bad casting choice. Sorry I verbally bitch slapped you like that.
Eat my nuts and enjoy the ooze. This is a bad casting choice. Sorry I verbally bitch slapped you like that.
6:19PM on 08/16/2010
David Fincher is one of my fa vorite directors, the man can do no wrong. Though I have seen the original version of this film, I will check out Fincher's version...on Blu-ray.
David Fincher is one of my fa vorite directors, the man can do no wrong. Though I have seen the original version of this film, I will check out Fincher's version...on Blu-ray.
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5:51PM on 08/16/2010

No complaints from me.

If Fincher thinks she can do it, she can do it. He knows a lot more about her talent than we do.
If Fincher thinks she can do it, she can do it. He knows a lot more about her talent than we do.
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5:47PM on 08/16/2010
Well, she was absolutely terrible in the atrocious A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake, but I have enough faith in David Fincher to believe he can pull a good performance out of her.
Well, she was absolutely terrible in the atrocious A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake, but I have enough faith in David Fincher to believe he can pull a good performance out of her.
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5:32PM on 08/16/2010
I figured Fincher would cast someone with a lower profile. I think Rooney Mara can do it. And like you guys said - Fincher has yet to make a dud, and the material feels like something he could pull off.
I figured Fincher would cast someone with a lower profile. I think Rooney Mara can do it. And like you guys said - Fincher has yet to make a dud, and the material feels like something he could pull off.
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5:15PM on 08/16/2010
Brings to mind the JoBlo Movie Podcast episode where Law and Moreno absolutely trashed her performance in Elm Street as more or less what ruined the whole film. But sure, she's hot and Fincher's a director I trust, so lets see how it pans out... prefer her to Emily Browning at least.
Brings to mind the JoBlo Movie Podcast episode where Law and Moreno absolutely trashed her performance in Elm Street as more or less what ruined the whole film. But sure, she's hot and Fincher's a director I trust, so lets see how it pans out... prefer her to Emily Browning at least.
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4:46PM on 08/16/2010
I think she's hot, and I'm looking forward to seeing her naked in 'Dragon Tattoo'. I also voted for her in Joblo's CAST THIS column, I think she's the best choice for the part.
I think she's hot, and I'm looking forward to seeing her naked in 'Dragon Tattoo'. I also voted for her in Joblo's CAST THIS column, I think she's the best choice for the part.
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4:02PM on 08/16/2010

She was hot in Youth in Revolt

Fincher probably knows something we don't, he is pretty reliable when it comes to casting. I have yet to see a bad performance in one of his films
Fincher probably knows something we don't, he is pretty reliable when it comes to casting. I have yet to see a bad performance in one of his films
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3:23PM on 08/16/2010
i trust fincher to the fullest. he knows what he's doing.
i trust fincher to the fullest. he knows what he's doing.
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3:11PM on 08/16/2010
Fantastic. She's paid her dues by starring in that piece of shit Nightmare On Elm Street remake, now she can star in something GOOD.
Fantastic. She's paid her dues by starring in that piece of shit Nightmare On Elm Street remake, now she can star in something GOOD.
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3:06PM on 08/16/2010
Here's hoping she learns a little more emotional range that what she showed in the Nightmare remake.
Here's hoping she learns a little more emotional range that what she showed in the Nightmare remake.
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2:58PM on 08/16/2010

what is so special about this movie?

why is this the biggest movie news on the planet right now? has been for a month it seems. why is this so coveted?
why is this the biggest movie news on the planet right now? has been for a month it seems. why is this so coveted?
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2:52PM on 08/16/2010
I'm looking forward to seeing her naked. Pants are down and now to some porn.
I'm looking forward to seeing her naked. Pants are down and now to some porn.
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2:33PM on 08/16/2010
I'm not sure if this is good casting, but it's so hard not to trust Fincher. I guess if he saw something in her, then she must be good.
I'm not sure if this is good casting, but it's so hard not to trust Fincher. I guess if he saw something in her, then she must be good.
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2:19PM on 08/16/2010

Alrighty then!

I had a feeling she would be cast considering Fincher liked her enough to cast her in The Social Network. I thought she was awful in the Nightmare remake but I'll blame the shitty director for that. The role requires serious nudity and being is some intensely violent sexual situations. SPOILER: Seeing Hermione or Juno getting raped might have been a little distracting. Seriously though, everyone should watch the original as it's one of the most disturbing thrillers since Seven, which might
I had a feeling she would be cast considering Fincher liked her enough to cast her in The Social Network. I thought she was awful in the Nightmare remake but I'll blame the shitty director for that. The role requires serious nudity and being is some intensely violent sexual situations. SPOILER: Seeing Hermione or Juno getting raped might have been a little distracting. Seriously though, everyone should watch the original as it's one of the most disturbing thrillers since Seven, which might explain why Fincher is so interested.
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2:17PM on 08/16/2010
I blame poor writing for her wooden performance in ANOES, then again Nancy has never really been a well written character. Fincher has yet to make a bad film.
I blame poor writing for her wooden performance in ANOES, then again Nancy has never really been a well written character. Fincher has yet to make a bad film.
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2:11PM on 08/16/2010
Really Fincher? She was so boring as Nancy. She just seems like a really bad choice for this role.
Really Fincher? She was so boring as Nancy. She just seems like a really bad choice for this role.
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