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. NOOOO! Noomi Rapace IS Lisbeth Salander! How can they change that! I will NOT go see the Hollywood version. How could they possiblly choose someone else?

    olive,

  2. 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,

  3. 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,

  4. NOOOO! Noomi Rapace IS Lisbeth Salander! How can they change that! I will NOT go see the Hollywood version. How could they possiblly choose someone else?

    olive,

    1. Noomi and Rooney (sounds like a vaudeville act!) really did give individual, unique interpretations to the role. I think most of my “preference” for the original comes from the fact that I saw the three movies well ahead of the American Tattoo film, and I’m dreadfully biased in favor of the way the Swedish version laid out the story. Other than the flaws I idenitified above, the American movie is fine, but I still don’t think, in tems of subject matter, cinematography, or acting this is Oscar material My two centavos only.

      – dwshepherd lexington kentucky usa,

    2. I liked the Swedish version of the first book (it is the only one I have seen thus far). I thought the actress that portrayed Lisbeth was outstanding. It is obvious the need for the American version is based on the need to earn money – which does not inherently make it a bad omen for the prospective movies. I would liked to have seen the original Lisbeth actress reprise her role, but it was posted on this board that she was not interested. I do not know the veracity of this information. I will go see the movies and hopefully they will be worth it.

      – rc,

  5. 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,

  6. 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,

  7. NOOOO! Noomi Rapace IS Lisbeth Salander! How can they change that! I will NOT go see the Hollywood version. How could they possiblly choose someone else?

    olive,

    1. Daniel Craig does make the whole “chick magnet” thing make sense. Man, he is one hot guy!

      – bond girl,

    2. The paperback version is only currently available in the European market.We picked up a copy at the Nuernberg airport in July 2010. Larsson’s three books are the BEST fiction that I,ve ever read. OR, Was it fiction??

      – P Dolter,

    3. I couldn’t agree with L.Sanchez more “As for Hollywood remaking them – I’m afraid they will just airbrush all the grit from the film. Everyone will have smooth skin and shiny hair, and the interiors will all have designer touches. Why bother?” THAT is exactly the American way of thinking… allure and distract people visually then nothing else matters much, then no one has to think much either.Harry, if anyone was going to do justice to these books it definitely will not be Hollywood.

      – Power to Noomi Rapace,

    4. There were always far too many cowardly, passive AND aggressive Nazis in Sweden. We have a few in the U.S.A. as well. We simply call them “white trash losers.” Show me an impotent man and I’ll show you a hater.

      – Tequilla Mockingbird,

  8. i dont even understand the point of making a remake. the european production is amazing.

    hollywood finds a pretty face to play lisbeth, makes a puritan version of the movie, makes a couple millions and there we have a mediocre movie!

    i hate this hollywood way of producing blockbusters. what is interesting about these movies, apart from the plot, is obviously the european way of making cinema!

    what a disgrace…..

    ,

  9. i dont even understand the point of making a remake. the european production is amazing.

    hollywood finds a pretty face to play lisbeth, makes a puritan version of the movie, makes a couple millions and there we have a mediocre movie!

    i hate this hollywood way of producing blockbusters. what is interesting about these movies, apart from the plot, is obviously the european way of making cinema!

    what a disgrace…..

  10. You know, the producers of the Swedish film had to give the rights for the remake to happen…Why aren’t people placing any ‘blame’ there?

    ,

  11. You know, the producers of the Swedish film had to give the rights for the remake to happen…Why aren’t people placing any ‘blame’ there?

  12. Remakes are always 2nd rate. It is a Swedish novel and Hollywood makes popularist movies for wide audiences and money, so it just won’t have the intellectual or particular Scandinavian grasp of the original. As Noomi Rapache is now inextricably seen as Lisbeth (and she speaks good English), any alternative will just be seen as a fake. It will be like the British version of Walander – totally missed the point and badly acted. All copies are never as good as the original – being first is the key.

    Ian Reed,

    1. noomi rapace has stated that she has “done my lisbeth,” and that she has never had any interest in being in the american films.

      – bill robertson – sandwich, il,

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