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Posted Wed, January 12, 2011 2:01pm EDT

First Photos! See Rooney Mara's Dramatic Punk Transformation For 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo!'

The beautiful star of ‘The Social Network’ is unrecognizable in these just-released pics!

Rooney Mara, 25, may have had some memorable lines in 2010’s The Social Network, but in her newest film she’s letting her body speak for itself!

She graces the cover of the Feb. 2011 issue of W magazine in character as punky Lisbeth Salander from the upcoming film The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The highly-anticipated English-language adaptation is set to be released in Dec. 2011.

In the article, director David Fincher says Rooney’s ability to be a chameleon helped her beat out Scarlett Johansson for the role. David says although Scarlett auditioned, she was not able to quell her beauty, making the motorcycle-chic Lisbeth appear more like “Marilyn [Monroe] on a bike.”

Rooney’s transformation is shocking, but we’re sure it will add to the authenticity of this dark, gritty story!

— William Earl