Fame comes and goes pretty fast these days. For the past year Kristen Stewart has been Hollywood’s leading “it” girl while portraying Bella Swan in the Twilight franchise, but she lost out to newcomer Rooney Mara for the next generation of book-to-screen-heroine, Lisbeth Salander.
And in the fickle world of fame it isn’t hard to envision a future where Rooney can use her leverage in the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo franchise to eclipse Kristen’s star power. The pair will obviously be competing for similar roles going forward. They’re both talented young actresses of a certain age with the acting chops it takes to tackle difficult roles. But in some ways, Rooney will emerge from the Dragon Tattoo movies with an edge over Kristen.
“Kristen needs to watch her back. This is the kind of role that can change a young womans life. But let’s see how the movie does. I think it is premature to kill off Miss. Kristen just yet,” says PopEater’s Naughty But Nice Rob Shuter.
The character of Lisbeth Salander, the bisexual, introverted, highly sexualized hacker cum private detective is one of the most complicated female roles to wind its way onto the screen in a long time. The role is so beloved by fans that entire websites and Facebook pages have been devoted to debating which actress could possibly fill Lisbeth’ s combat boots.
Cult of Celebrity author Cooper Lawrence has no doubt that Rooney could easily eclipse (pun entirely intended) Kristen’s fame.
“Not only is she in GWTDT she is also in Social Network, the other HUGE movie coming out. Rooney has an older sister who is a working actress who can keep her in line, she founded a charity organization and her personal profile is as sweet as is that face! Kristen is already known for being a kind of curmudgeon, she tries to be unlikable despite her film’s popularity, whereas Rooney is much sweeter,” Lawrence says.
“We no longer have room for everybody, we are an information hungry society and if KStew wont give us anything real, we will move on and tire of her. If she is arrogant enough to think she won’t be replaced in the hearts and minds of fans, tell her to call Hanson and ask how things are going.”
What do you think? Could Rooney steal the spotlight from Kristen?