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First Official Photo Of Rooney Mara As Lisbeth Salander From David Fincher’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

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Here are the first official photos of  Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in the David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

I love the character of Lisbeth Salander and loved the original films. Mara has made an impressive transformation for the role, which in my mind bodes well for the success of the film.

W gives a description of her transformation:

The transformation began with the hair. Mara’s long brown mane was dyed black and cut in a series of jagged points that looked as if she had chopped it herself with a dull razor. The bangs were cropped very short and uneven, and the rest of the hair was layered into an extended shag. The final result was a mash-up of brazen Seventies punk and spooky Eighties goth with a dash of S&M temptress. That look, which could also describe Salander’s nature, was echoed in her wardrobe—a collection of ripped stockings, low garter belts, skintight leather, and heavy-soled boots. In all the angry, attractive darkness, Mara, who is 25, lithe, and petite, radiated an intriguing mix of menace and vulnerability. Fincher’s Lisbeth Salander, as channeled by Mara, is unique—a brilliant but childlike avenging angel with an understanding and an appreciation of violence.

The film is based on The Millennium Series  posthumously published by Stieg Larsson. In the first book audiences are introduced to a mystery surrounding the long-unsolved disappearance of an heiress. A journalist recently dinged by a libel case and a young female hacker try to resolve it, stirring up bundles of personal and industrial corruption along the way.
Here is a cool section from the article that gives fans an update on what Fincher has planned for his version of of the film:

The script, which captures the novel’s bleak tone (its original Swedish title was Men Who Hate Women), was written by Academy Award winner Steven Zaillian, who wrote Schindler’s List, and it departs rather dramatically from the book. Blomkvist is less promiscuous, Salander is more aggressive, and, most notably, the ending—the resolution of the drama—has been completely changed. This may be sacrilege to some, but Zaillian has improved on Larsson—the script’s ending is more interesting. 

This is shocking material for a major studio like Sony. In one of the pivotal scenes, taken directly from Larsson, Salander punishes the man who raped her by raping him with a large prosthetic penis, and then tattooing his torso with the words i am a rapist pig.

I am anxious to see what type of changes there will be in Fincher’s version. I always believe that changes in a film adaptation or remake are a great idea, I don’t want to see the exact same thing I read or watched before, that is boring.
The film also stars Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Joely Richardson, Steven Berkoff, David Dencik and Alexandra Daddario and will be released in theaters on December 21st 2011!
Do you think Mara has done a good job of transforming herself into character? What are your thoughts on the film?
Source: JoBlo
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