Rooney Mara has received an extreme makeover. The typically sweet, chestnut haired actress who appeared in The Social Network and A Nightmare on Elm Street is currently filming David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. She plays Lisbeth Salandar, a goth-punk, rough around the edges type, who’ll push the actress to her limits. Mara covers the latest issue of W Magazine (February) as the character and exposes more than her fair share of skin on the inside. Take a look…

Mara was chosen as the cover girl for W’s “Movie Issue” which highlights the best films that 2011 will have to offer. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on December 21, and co-stars Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Joely Richardson, Steven Berkoff, David Dencik and Alexandra Daddario.

The film 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. Craig plays the journalist, who’ll work alongside Mara as the young investigator.

The original Swedish version of the movie became an international phenomenon so we’re excited to see what Fincher will do with the material. He’s got big shoes to fill but if anyone can properly adapt it for domestic audiences it’s him!

What do you think of Mara as Lisbeth? Does she embody the character? Can she pull it off?