Rooney Mara Suddenly In Need of Giant ‘Dragon Tattoo’

By  · Published on August 16th, 2010

It probably didn’t hurt Rooney Mara’s chances at what might be the most sought-after role of the decade to work with David Fincher on The Social Network. Now, she’s going from that film straight into his next project: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

To call the role of Lisbeth Salander heavily prized is no understatement. Sony is planning on pouring money into the project, the film is based off of an international best-seller, and it’s the beginning of a franchise that could keep whomever is acting in it rolling in lunch money for a few years to come.

Mara, the younger sister of Kate Mara, landed the role after battling with heavy-hitters like Natalie Portman. She’ll play the scrappy bi-sexual that’s captured the heart of the world as soon as Daniel Craig’s schedule frees up post-Cowboys and Aliens.

Instead of going with a complete unknown, it looks like Sony will be going with one of those Known Unknowns the government warned us about. As for ability, Fincher must have seen something during the filming of The Social Network because she hasn’t made much of a screen presence known up to this point. Audience response to her performance in the Facebook movie might be the first indication as to whether the right choice was made (instead of, say, judging from her brooding one-note style in Nightmare on Elm Street).

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