Last month Rooney Mara beat the likes of Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Carey Mulligan, Emily Browning, Ellen Page, and a bunch of other upcoming young actresses to land the role of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. She was an unknown, which director David Fincher wanted, and she had just worked with him in The Social Network, but why else was she chosen over the other actresses?
Fincher spoke to HitFix recently and explained:
“We read her and, not surprisingly, loved all of the things about her that we’d initially loved for Erica. She’s smart and capable and works really hard. She is ridiculously photogenic in a very interesting way — she can be plain, or she can be exquisite in a matter of moments — and she’s a great listener. Lisbeth is a very tough role to cast — the audience needs to project into a mystery, so we needed a mystery for them to fill.”
I guess we’ll have to wait until The Social Network is released in October to see Rooney Mara at work. The actress will be joining Daniel Craig, Robin Wright and Stellan Skarsgard in Tattoo which revolves around a young woman named Lisbeth Salander, a brilliant computer hacker who has a photographic memory, and a journalist named Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) who recruits her to find a woman who has been missing for 40 years.
Filming will begin shortly in Sweden.