Girl With Dragon Tattoo Gets Female Lead

Sony has just announced today that Rooney Mara will play hacker Lisbeth Salander. Mara started out with TV guest spots and small roles in recent indie features. You might know her from "Dare", "Youth in Revolt", "A Nightmare on Elm Street" -- and soon enough: "The Social Network".

After many weeks of speculation, Fincher has finally made his choice. He probably had to argue with Sony for approval on this unexpected choice. The Social Network and young actress gets quite a promotion for being the potential star of the upcoming Sweedish trilogy.

Another intriguing decision is to have the cast speak with Sweedish accent. Humm... Sounds risky and potentially ridiculous if badly executed. But Fincher loves challenges, so let's give him credit for that until we hear of something.

Fincher will start shooting next month in Sweden. That will make the director available for a Euro promotion of TSN (as far as promotion goes for Fincher...), and who knows maybe he'll pay a visit to the upcoming BFI Film Festival in London this October, where his pal Mark Romanek will premiere his new movie. Count on us to keep you informed.

Worldwide release is still set for December 21, 2011.

So what do you think about the cast? Bold choice? Bad decision?
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And by the way did we mention that TSN web site has been updated?
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  1. Oh yes! Rooney Mara is hotness. She might seem a bit timid for Salander, but let's see what Fincher can do.

  2. Can I have an AMEN??!

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  5. [Hoping Fincher sees this or is told about it in time]
    A couple of troubling aspects of the Swedish version I just saw: It didn't ring at all true that Lisbeth would have given in even once to her slime-bag probation officer after watching her take on a gang of young thugs with no concern for physical or legal harm. It just didn't jibe with what we see of her character up to then and even less with what we learn of her later. She would walk out, deck him or bite right through him. It made that second sadistic scene with the skeezy geezer seem utterly gratuitous.

    Far more troubling than this character contradiction was the film's silence on Harriet Vanger's pivotal culpability. Surely it was dealt with in the novel (not read it) and, hopefully, the US version will deal with it very differently. Her escape for self-preservation is absolutely justified, but once out of immediate harm's way to not find some way -- ANY way -- to inform authorities of what her father had done -- yes, he was dead, but there were victims' families to consider -- and, more importantly, of what her brother was capable of, makes her a silent partner in the horrific torture and murder of dozens of innocent women. Between her knowledge and the good uncle's wealth and power, there's no scenario to justify decades of preventable murders. It stunned me this angle wasn't even mentioned in the film. Harriet is no hero, and Fincher would do well to explore her guilt.