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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.

462 comments on “Rooney Mara praised as Lisbeth Salander”

  • not lisbeth says:

    blomvist was short, not in great physical shape but not repulsive, most likely average-ish, but still sexy, slightly balding, but wicked smart and totally hyperfocused. still thinking who that actor should have been, at least for the american film.

    - not lisbeth,

  • not lisbeth says:

    daniel craig was so very wrong for the character of blomvist. who the heck was casting, or was the position totally vacant?

    - not lisbeth,

  • Merryl F. Goldman says:

    I saw both the SwedIsh and American versions. They were both good,but Rooney Mara really nailed Lisbeth. After reading the books you realize the extreme anger, hurt and betrayal that Lisbeth feels. Rooney really portrayed that and made you feel that she was Lisbeth.

    I can’t wait to see the American version of the Girl Who Played with Fire.

    - Merryl F. Goldman,

    • admin says:

      I agree with this comment.people have to read the books to understand the character

    • admin says:

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

      - bond girl,

  • ZJ says:

    She was excellent in the role. Very believable and helped me get in the psyche of Lisabeth. A real survivor the character fights back with an unexpected energy and devotion. Such a raw model for women. Loved her and Rooney Mara portrait that with such ease.

    - ZJ,

  • Anna From honduras says:

    i saw both swedish and amercan version i get in love of the american version i read all 3 books and the similiarity of TGWTDT movie and the books are perfect, but the swedish version was very different from the books!! and Rooney and Lisbeth fits perfect she is Lisbeth!!! Noomie did a great job but i pick Roooney

    - Anna From honduras,

  • Lidija, Zagreb says:

    Must say that the original Swedish crew did much better job than the US one. Great novels, and strong smell of a real life situation Stieg must have had stumbled upon in his journalistic endevours (once upon a time).

    - Lidija, Zagreb,

  • Mark Chisnell says:

    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,

  • Steve Hemmerick says:

    Rooney Mara was great at portraying the strengths and the emotions of a woman. Daniel Craig was great at playing kind of a dopey guy. He was nothing much without her. Rooney’s character was betrayed at the end by Michael’s disinterest in her. Without her, he was incomplete.

    - Steve Hemmerick,

  • Mel says:

    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,

  • jim wakeland says:

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

    - jim wakeland,

  • Rooney Mara is better than noomi... Sorry
    - BrittanyLovesR,

    • says:

      I agree....Rooney anytime.
      - ,

    • says:

      - Bruce,

  • Rooney Mara is better than naomi.... Sorry
    - BrittanyLovesR,

  • 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

  • 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,

    • says:

      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,

  • Rooney was using a computer program on her laptop to organize her search. What program was that?
    - Lee Nam,

  • 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,

  • 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,

  • ROONEY MARA WAS AMAZING we want a sequel in AMERICA
    - John,