Rooney who? After a long and drawn out search the relatively unknown Rooney beat out actresses including Ellen Page, Emma Watson, and Scarlett Johansson for the much sought after role!
After months of tests, talks, and an abundance of rumors, 24-year-old Rooney Mara has been cast to star in the much anticipated American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Our sister site Deadline Hollywood reports, “Sony Pictures Entertainment and director David Fincher have chosen Rooney Mara to play Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the film that begins shooting this fall in Sweden, with Daniel Craig starring.”
This will not be American born Rooney’s first time working with the director, having recently wrapped The Social Network with David which will premiere this fall. Her sister Kate Mara is also an actress, having starred in films such as Brokeback Mountain and Shooter.
Among the actresses who were competing for the role were Ellen Page, Scarlett Johansson, Mia Wasikowska, and Natalie Portman, who reportedly tried to purchase the rights to the books at one point.
Rooney has signed on to do three films, the length of the series, should the first be successful. She has clearly now been catapulted from a relative unknown to one of the biggest young stars in Hollywood overnight. It seems like The Social Network may be the launching pad for the next big things, as fellow costar Andrew Garfield recently signed on for Spiderman.
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