The competition to play the juicy role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincherís The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has come to a close. We have received a press release from Sony announcing that Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street remake) will play the part of the brilliant/slightly-psychotic hacker with an eidetic memory. Other finalists for the role included Sophie Lowe, Sarah Snook and French actress Lea Seydoux. Mara also had a slight ďinĒ as she co-stars in Fincherís upcoming film The Social Network. She will star opposite Daniel Craig who plays disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Stellan Skarsgard and Robin Wright are also attached to star.
The story of Dragon Tattoo centers on Blomkvist and Salander trying to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of a young woman forty years ago. It is the first part of Stieg Larssonís ďMillenium TrilogyĒ. The book is followed by The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornetís Nest. Both Craig and Maraís contracts have options for the sequels. Hit the jump for the full press release. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo begins filming next month in Sweden and is set to open on December 21, 2011.