The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is the first of a trilogy of novels by the late Swedish writer Stieg Larsson that have become a worldwide publishing phenomenon. Director Niels Arden Oplev’s film version, with a box office of $100 million. Subsequent European release of film versions of the other books in the trilogy – “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest” – have extended the success of the franchise.
And a first glimpse of the barely recognizable actress on the London set of the upcoming film shows how amazing her make-over is.
The 25-year-old triumphed over practically every A-list Hollywood actress for the part, which is a remake of the Swedish adaptation of Stieg Larsson's best-selling book.
She is filming scenes for her role as young goth private investigator Lisbeth Salander. The role of Lisbeth Salander was originally played by Swedish actress Noomi Rapace in 2009.
The heroine Lisbeth Salander is no easy task, and Mara definitely had her hesitations before actually reading the material (an “androgynous, bisexual computer hacker with multiple piercings and a distinctive tattoo on her back” doesn’t exactly sound like a cake walk):
“Before I read the book, I didn’t think I could do it, ” Mara said. She was calling me from Zurich, where the production moved in early December. “I locked myself in a room for a week and read all three books, and decided I really wanted to be Lisbeth. But I thought I had no shot at it. ”
For Fincher, Mara was always the perfect fit for Salander:
“I wanted her from the beginning, ” Fincher stated. “Rooney may be a trust-fund baby from football royalty, but she’s levelheaded and hardworking. It’s so odd how who people are comes out in auditions. We didn’t make it easy for Rooney, and there was no way to dissuade her. ”
As you may recall, there were a large number of actresses vying for the part of Salander. Regarding the rigorous audition process, Fincher talked about how he sprung one of the most difficult scenes from the film on each actress to see if she could handle it:
“We had five or six girls audition with the rape scene. The girls had to kick a dildo up his ass. That’s Salander’s big scene, and we had to see if they could do it. ”
The heroine Lisbeth Salander looks in stark contrast to the Sunny Blonde she played in her last film The Social Network.
If you’ve checked out the special features on The Social Network Blu-ray, then you may have seen that Fincher did eventually give Sorkin his shot at the director’s chair. When filming a couple of pick-ups on the very last day of production on The Social Network, Fincher left the set and told Sorkin to direct the scene himself (Sorkin will indeed get his directorial debut sooner rather than later, as he’s currently set to write and direct the John Edwards biopic The Politician).
Mara was pictured yesterday with a blunt cut fringe and her hair died jet black seemingly on a break as she has a cigarette in her hand and is leaning against her trailer.
She is later seen with a black hooded sweater covered by a green puffy jacket to keep her warm from the cold British weather.
Her co-star Daniel Craig, 43, is also pictured leaving his trailer carrying a red retro iPhone telephone accessory.
He is wearing jeans, a blue shirt and a buttoned down grey sweater.
His girlfriend Rachel Weisz, 41, was seen leaving his trailer shortly before.
Weisz is also in London for work - she is filming 360 with Jude Law and was seen in a steamy clinch with her co-star last week - on-set of course.
The happy couple were pictured leaving the exclusive Louis Vuitton store in Mayfair last week.
The James Bond star will play journalist and amateur sleuth Mikael Blomkvist in the movie.
Craig and Rooney will also appear in U. S. versions of the two movie sequels The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
Craig and Mara have already filmed scenes in various locations in Sweden and will also film some parts of the adaptation in Los Angeles.
Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright, Max von Sydow and Christopher Plummer will feature in the eagerly anticipated film.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is set for release in December 2011.
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