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First Look: Rooney Mara Is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Filming is underway for David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and W magazine scored the first look at Rooney Mara all done up as Lisbeth Salander. Right off the bat, Mara looks a little sexier than the Swedish version of Lisbeth (and I certainly don't remember that huge "Salander" tattoo across her chest from the book).

This photo isn't the only peek inside the movie, either: Director Fincher opens up about his vision, how it will differ from the books, and why it was so hard to find the perfect actress to play Lisbeth. Most notably, the article points out that the ending of the film will be totally different than that of the book — but will it be better?

I found that the novel's ending tied up the story quite nicely, but I'm intrigued about screenwriter's Steven Zaillian's take. So, Dragon Tattoo fans, how do you feel about Mara in all that black leather? And are you ready for a different final act?


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Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 5 years
Elka, I definitely recommend reading the interview with David Fincher in W that accompanies the article. It sheds a lot of light on Fincher's take on the film. Apparently the "revenge" scene was the scene he used to test the actresses and the article implies that it may even be TOO gritty (but at least it won't just be glossed over, like in The Lovely Bones).
Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 5 years
So far I've only seen the first of the three Swedish films, which I felt represented the book well (even if a lot of the side storylines disappeared). I'm with Tara — I really hope that Fincher doesn't mess the series up. I'm wondering how he's going to deal with the more problematic parts of the book and Salander's personality . . . will she be made Hollywood sexy and sassy (and lose the Asperger's)? How is he going to handle the rape scene (and her revenge)? I'll probably check it out, but I'm pretty attached to the authenticity of the original Swedish version.
KWM KWM 5 years
I finally finished the book last night and was satisfied with the ending, but I am intrigued to see what they do with it in this movie. Next on my list is the original movie. But definitely not digging the Salandar tattoo, I feel like her tattoos are a little more obscure than that.
Allie-Merriam Allie-Merriam 5 years
That's QUITE a makeover.
Allie-Merriam Allie-Merriam 5 years
That's QUITE a makeover.
Tara-Block Tara-Block 5 years
I want to give the American adaptation a chance, but it just seems so wrong to adapt a Swedish book series for US audiences so soon after the Swedish films were released. The cynic inside me feels like this is yet another example of the US tendency to take over something that doesn't belong to us and then do what we do best, dumb it down (no subtitles, those are too confusing for mainstream audiences), commercialize it, change it (a new ending? Really?!), and no doubt water down its complexities. I hope I'm wrong, and with Fincher's track record, maybe I am.
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