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Rooney Mara plays Lisbeth Salander

Rooney Mara, previously known from TV-series “ER”, and films like The Social Network and A Nightmare on Elm Street, plays the role of Lisbeth Salander in the American version of Stieg Larssons “Millenium-thrilogy”. Since the movie's premiere on December 12th in London a unanimous body of critics has praised Rooney Mara's part as Lisbeth Salander and, due to her achivements, she has rightly become one of Hollywoods most wanted. She was nominated for “best actress in a drama” for the Golden Globe Awards in 2012. 

It was not however decided from the start that Mara would play the part, many speculations about who should be playing the role of Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood remake. Noomi Rapache, who played the role in the Swedish versions of the films where mentioned at first, but later on focus turned to more well-known names such as Natalie Portman, Ellen Page and Kristen Stewart. However none of them felt right to director David Fincher, who instead decided to go for the, at the time relatively unknown actress Rooney Mara.

Fincher and Mara were not complete strangers, they had worked together quite recently on “The Social Network”, the movie about Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of Facebook. 

The role of Mikael Blomkvist were played by Daniel Craig, who has played James Bond in the last two movies about the famous secret agent 007.

Directer David Fincher had before the premiere stated that the actors will speak with a swedish accent. This caused a quite a stirr and media stated it to be a clue as to why so many Swedish actors had figured in the rumors about the casting of the film, for example is Max von Sydow rumored to play Henrik Vanger. What is clear is that Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård will play the role of Martin Vanger. In the end, Stellan Skarsgård were the only swede signed on, but the Swedish accent was indeed applied.  

Co-stars Daniel Craig and Stellan Skarsgård talks about the perfect fit between Rooney Mara and the role as Lisbeth Salander.

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John, 24 June 2015

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I myself prefer Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander than Rooney Mara. Rooney did a great job as Lisbeth. Except I thought she was a little too vicious and out of character. For example when she tells Mikael about what she did to her father and asked him if she could kill Martin Vanger. Why would she do that? It’s simple, she wouldn’t. She doesn’t.

I’m not saying Noomi did exponentially better. But at least her Lisbeth still played by her own rules and moral code. When I saw Noomi as Lisbeth, I felt like I was looking at Steig Larsson’s Lisbeth. When it came to Rooney’s Lisbeth, it felt more like Fincher’s Lisbeth.

Personally I wasn’t crazy about Fincher’s “vision” of how the movie was going to be. From what I remember it just about contradicted Stieg Larsson’s overall message/theme in the book.

Their method of promoting the film was by sexualizing Mara as Lisbeth. I can’t remember entirely but I swear I read in an interview with Fincher that he said the movie was all about the “sex and the violence”. Or something along those lines.

Plus I didn’t think Daniel Craig’s Blomkist expressed the same admiration and respect that Michael Nyqvist did.

A.C. Hughes, 30 October 2014

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I personly liked Noomi better but she developed the character through the whole trilogy. Ms Mara would probably be great too this is a story that can be appreciated in just one film

Frank Gossler, 23 July 2014

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Rooney was using a computer program on her laptop to organize her search. What program was that?

Lee Nam, 23 Mars 2014

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I love the book and been reading it for a while, I’m finishing the third book and waiting if the fourth book would be available soon. I am kinda disappointed that they made a movie without even giving justice to the whole story of Lisbeth Salander.

Sala, 21 Mars 2014

I also am surprised at the amount of content left from the film. Huge story should have been released a 4 hour film with a matinee break. So much lost from the 1st book. Of course I was glued to the screen; something about Dan Craig & Elizabeth.

Bill Moore, 19 April 2014

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I really, REALLY love Noomi’s portrayal of Lisbeth, but overall Mara wins it for me. Why?

Although I thought Rapace was excellent, her Lisbeth deviated way too much from the books; not only her appearance (it’s the lesser of the differences, though), but she ALWAYS seems to be agressive, angry and a “badass” all the time. It was raw and rough, and AWESOME, but not so much faithful.

Rooney, on the other hand, was more the “disassociated” kind, apathetic but with a look of fury and hatred in her eyes, but without forgetting the sensibility and fragility perceivable behind Lisbeth’s broken personality, just like the books. She also captured the looks and style more closely.

In the end, they were both incredible representations of a character that is so important and now an important part of my life. I’m glad that Lisbeth is represented so well by these talented women.

Arthur Ribeiro, 11 September 2013

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Rooney Mara is better than noomi… Sorry

BrittanyLovesR, 27 August 2013


Bruce, 9 February 2014

I agree….Rooney anytime.

, 27 Mars 2015

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Rooney Mara is better than naomi…. Sorry

BrittanyLovesR, 27 August 2013

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there’s only been the one American version…not enough to convince me that rooney is better than noome

jim wakeland, 13 May 2013

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As an American I really enjoyed the American version and felt that it played more to the book then the original Swedish version. I felt both Daniel Craig and Ronney Mara were excellent in there roles as Salander and Blomkvist. Noomi is a great actress, but she really couldn’t pull of Salander as well as Ronney, with her depth and brutality. She really was vicious and I though she kicked some serious butt.

Mel, 24 Mars 2013

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