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Rooney Mara will be 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

Playing the lead role of Lisbeth Salander opposite Daniel Craig in the Hollywood production of "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" will be ... Rooney Mara. The 25-year-old actress has a nice list of film credits, as compiled by Celebritology, and now she clotheslines the competition to add the most coveted role of the yeardecade as the troubled, pierced goth hacker in the Stieg Larsson novels.

Still, that can't match Rooney Mara's football cred.

That's Rooney ... as in the family that has owned the Pittsburgh Steelers since forever. She is the great-granddaughter of Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr.

And Mara. You know, the New York Giants Maras. Her uncle, John Mara, is the co-owner of the team. Her great-grandfather was the founder. Her father, Timothy Christopher Mara, is the vice president of player evaluation.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 16, 2010; 6:13 PM ET
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I read the book and kind of liked it, but it's down the list of Scandinavian murder mysteries I've read... though I confess I've just started reading the second book and will probably read the third as well.

Back to the issue at hand, it seems like a good call to cast an "unknown" because this is such a distinctive character, but I have to wonder how much the US version will elide the brutal stuff in the book and Swedish version of the film.

Guess I'll find out when this hits Netflix a few years hence...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | August 16, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

You can see the Swedish versions of the first two books now. The girl who plays Salander is terrific; Mara has a tough act to follow. The guy who plays Blomqvist is so-so. I thought the second book was the best of the three. I agree with you that the series isn't the best ever...I just picked it up at the right time and got caught up in it.

Posted by: CindyBoren | August 17, 2010 5:48 AM | Report abuse

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