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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 12, 2011 at 11:24 AM

A first glimpse of Rooney Mara’s Lisbeth Salander

Well, we’ve all been wondering, haven’t we? Rooney Mara was certainly cute and witty and fast-talking in that opening scene of “The Social Network,” but it wasn’t enough to convince me that she was the right choice for cyberpunk investigator Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s English-language version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Being a Fincher fan, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt — but today we get the first hint that he might be on the right track, with Mara’s Salander revealed in costume in, of all places, W magazine. (Would Salander have even known that W magazine existed? I think not. Then again, there wasn’t much this character didn’t know.) Click here to see the photo (which is also on the magazine’s cover, soon to be on newsstands) and read the article, much of which is an interesting discussion with Fincher about his career. (He notes that “nothing is truly hard after ‘Benjamin Button.’ . . . I put Brad Pitt’s head on somebody else’s body. That was hard.”)
Fincher describes considering numerous actresses for Salander, including Natalie Portman (she said she was too tired), Jennifer Lawrence of “Winter’s Bone” (ruled to be too tall), Scarlett Johansson (whose audition Fincher describes, hilariously if a bit unkindly, as “Marilyn on a bike”), lesser-knowns like Katie Jarvis of “Fish Tank,” and many others. (Noomi Rapace, who played the role brilliantly in the Swedish-language movies, has said in interviews that she didn’t want to consider returning to the character — she felt as if she’d done all she needed to do with her.) Looking at Mara here, I’m starting to think Fincher might have the right idea. We’ll see.

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