Unknown Rooney Mara wins 'Dragon Tattoo' role

Tuesday August 17, 2010

Little known American actress Rooney Mara will play the lead female role in the English film version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Columbia Pictures has confirmed.

The 25-year-old brunette has beaten the likes of Hollywood starlets Emma Watson, Carey Mulligan and Natalie Portman to claim the sought-after role.

Rooney takes on the character of smart but anti-social hacker and private investigator, Lisbeth Salander, and will play opposite James Bond heart-throb Daniel Craig when the films begin shooting in Sweden next month.

The actress's credits include: Youth in Revolt, the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street as well as various smaller parts in TV dramas ER and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

All three films - which will be based on Stieg Larsson's best-selling trilogy - will be directed by David Fincher and the first one is set for release in December 2011.

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