A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Rooney Mara has landed Hollywood’s latest dream gig. The 25-year-old actress has been cast to play emotionally-disturbed hacker-punk Lisbeth Salander in Columbia Pictures’ upcoming adaptation of late Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s bestselling novel “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The film, directed by David Fincher, costars Daniel Craig in the role of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and begins to shoot next month in Sweden.
Columbia Pictures will also adapt Larsson’s “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” Collectively known as the Millennium Trilogy, the novels have sold over 40 million copies worldwide. No word yet on whether Fincher will direct the sequels. Mara and Craig, however, do have options in their contracts to reprise their roles.
Mara reportedly beat out Sophie Lowe (The Clinic), Sarah Snook (Sleeping Beauty), French actress Lea Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds), and Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) for the part. Her recent collaboration with Fincher on his upcoming Facebook flick The Social Network is believed to have given her the edge over the others.
Larrson, a journalist and political activist, died of a heart attack at the age 50 in 2004, just before his Millennium books were published (ain’t that a bitch). According to his longtime live-in girlfriend Eva Gabrielsson, Larrson left behind pages to his an unfinished fourth book in the series.
If you think reading is for nerds and can’t wait to see Fincher’s film, you can catch the Swedish film adaptations of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire now. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is slated for limited theatrical release in October.