Rooney Mara praised as Lisbeth Salander

Ronney Mara has been highly praised for her role as Lisbeth Salander in David Finchers version of “The girl with the dragon tattoo”. Mara has in only a few years made it from TV shows like “ER” to become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses.

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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463 thoughts on “Rooney Mara praised as Lisbeth Salander”
  1. 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,

  2. 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,

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

    Lee Nam,

  4. 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,

    1. 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,

  5. 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

  6. I thought the first Swedish film was great and better that the US version, but the second was almost incoherent, as they cut down the original tv series too much – I didn’t bother with the third. I’m hoping for better with the US version of book two…

    Mark Chisnell,

  7. I hope she can pull this off as well. I saw the first movie and I actually was very disappointed. I watched about 45 minutes of it and felt both Lisbeth and Bjurman were poorly cast. Maybe it was the director’s fault but I lost interest in how it was all being played out. I felt so much emotion while reading the books I wanted to feel some similar feelings while watching the movie. I felt none of the empathy I felt while reading the books. Maybe I should try to watch it again and give it more time since so many have said how good it was. Or I’ll just wait until we get another version.

    Bajamarti,

  8. Just finished watching the movie, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. Have not gotten the chance to read any of the series, but am definitely interested now! If that doesn’t say anything about the choice of actress, Rooney Mara, I don’t know what else to say.

    Sunny,

  9. I could see Shannyn Sossamon as Lisbeth. I’ll cross my fingers and hope that the Rooney girl will live up to my expectations.

    fica,

  10. Just finished watching the movie, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. Have not gotten the chance to read any of the series, but am definitely interested now! If that doesn’t say anything about the choice of actress, Rooney Mara, I don’t know what else to say.

    Sunny,

  11. I could see Shannyn Sossamon as Lisbeth. I’ll cross my fingers and hope that the Rooney girl will live up to my expectations.

    fica,

  12. Just finished watching the movie, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. Have not gotten the chance to read any of the series, but am definitely interested now! If that doesn’t say anything about the choice of actress, Rooney Mara, I don’t know what else to say.

    Sunny,

  13. I could see Shannyn Sossamon as Lisbeth. I’ll cross my fingers and hope that the Rooney girl will live up to my expectations.

    fica,

  14. To the predators of the world, Lisbeth Salander looks like the perfect victim: physically insignificant, socially marginalized and mentally challenged. Larsson’s brilliance is in conceiving a character who does not see herself as a victim, to the utter confounding of those self-same predators. Rooney Mara (admittedly on the basis of a slight body of work) appears to bring only a waif-like innocence as a qualification for portraying L.S. In other respects she seems to have all the dark edginess of a warm pat of creamery butter, in stark contrast to Noomi Rapace who used her own piercings from her punk-rock days. Hollywood’s dependence on mass market appeal will almost certainly result in yet another betrayal of authorial intent and purpose, made doubly poignant by Larsson’s untimely death.

    ThomM,

  15. Hollywood version ? Goodluck. After this Masterpiece, the new version is doomed to fail. Replacing Rapace with this innocent looking girl ? Game over before it even starts. The Swedish movies were great. It had all the charm of a true European film. The Hollywood version will be like a bad James bond / mission impossible type of thing. I will not watch it.

    Elox,

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