First Official Photos of Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander

W Magazine has revealed the first official photos of Rooney Mara as the titular character in David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, due December 21. Mara’s transformation from the fresh-faced coed who broke up with Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network to the badass chain-smoking Lisbeth is quite startling. It’s interesting to see the differences between her incarnation and Noomi Rapace’s Lisbeth in the Swedish films. Whereas Rapace was straight-up tough, Mara looks more heroin-trashy and fragile, which is okay since Lisbeth is often underestimated by the bad guys, right up until the moment she kicks them in the testes. It’s a little disconcerting for me to see Mara baring her cleavage, though, because Lisbeth is so exploited by the men in her lives, she doesn’t need to play up her sexuality.

What do you think of these pictures?

via Cinematical



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    January 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Just from these 2 stills, the heroin-trashy just doesn’t look strong enough to me. I’ll have to wait and see if her acting can balance it out. And what you said about the cover shot – maybe that’s what bugs me about it. [Another negative was that it struck me as too American-trashy sex-sells vibe.]

    Trying to keep an open mind, because I’d like it to succeed.

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      January 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      I’m with you completely on this one, Christine. I hope it’s not a reflection of where director Fincher wants to take the material.

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    January 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    hm. i really like rooney mara. and i want her to succeed. but these photos seem so derivative. i hope she takes the role to a deeper level, because if not, it really is just a fashion spread for W.

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    January 13, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I am going to assume that this was more of a fashion spread going for “edgy” and not indicative of the direction for the film….agree with Christine. Keeping an open mind and fingers crossed!

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    January 13, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Trashy indeed. What does baring her cleavage have to do with the character or the film?

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