'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Gets Its Leading Lady: Rooney Mara

The question of who would be playing the coveted lead role of Lisbeth Salander in the highly anticipated (second) big-screen adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has been shrouded in mystery. Until now.

After speculation that Hollywood stars such as Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, Carey Mulligan and Ellen Page could possibly take on literature's most famous female hacker, it was finally announced that the relatively unknown Rooney Mara would be starring in the trilogy. (Dragon Tattoo is followed by The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.)

Sony released a statement on Monday that 25-year-old Mara (who has been previously seen in A Nightmare on Elm Street and Youth in Revolt) will star opposite Daniel Craig and Robin Wright Penn in the film, directed by David Fincher, which is expected to be released in theaters by December 2011. 

According to Entertainment Weekly, Fincher (who also directed Mara in the upcoming Facebook movie The Social Network) plans to film the movies in Sweden and have the entire cast speak with Swedish accents.

A Swedish version of Stieg Larsson's mega-successful books (which was originally written in Swedish and has since sold more than 40 million copies worldwide) has already hit theaters and has grossed upwards of $157 million at the box office. But, with this stellar cast, the new version might just surpass the original.

Do you think Rooney Mara is a good choice to play Lisbeth in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Chime in below!

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