After months of speculation and waiting, Deadline is reporting that David Fincher has finally cast the female lead in his adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The site confirms that both the director and Sony Pictures have agreed that Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street) is the girl for the job.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo centers on a middle-aged journalist who joins forces with a private investigator named Lisbeth Salander to solve a missing persons case that’s been open for decades. Daniel Craig was previously cast as the journalist, who’ll now work alongside Mara as the young investigator. The cast also includes Robin Wright and Stellan Skarsgard.
Prior to this announcement, every actress in Hollywood wanted their chance at the role. Several notable women were brought up but Fincher chose to audition the lesser knowns including Mara, Sarah Snook, Sophie Lowe, and Lea Seydoux. When you look at the big picture, you shouldn’t be that surprised that Mara landed the part because she previously worked with Fincher on this fall’s The Social Network.
Hopefully, she’s got what it takes to pull this role off because her performance in A Nightmare on Elm Street was as enticing as cardboard, but then again none of the characters in that film had a personality.
What do you think of Fincher’s choice? Do you think Mara is the right pick to play Lisbeth?