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First look at the new Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Right now David Fincher is busy calling the shots directing the American remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Daniel Craig is playing the part of journalist Mikael Blomkvist while Roomey Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street) is playing Lisbeth Salander, the punk hacker who teams with Mikael. Today the first image of Mara dressed in her role has surfaced, and it's appearing on this month's cover of W magazine as part of a visit to the film's set.

In the article Fincher talks about how he first met the actress while she was auditioning for the part of Mark Zuckerberg's girlfriend in The Social Network. The director was impressed with the confidence and demeaor of Mara, and when the opportunity to direct the remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo presented itself, Fincher suggested that she audition for the part.

"Before I read the book, I didn't think I could do it," Mara told W's reporter. "I locked myself in a room for a week and read all three books, and decided I really wanted to be Lisbeth. But I thought I had no shot at it."

But she did get the part and eventually prepared both mentally and physically for theharrowing role of Salander. One of the film's scenes depicts the rape of Lisbeth, something that shapes the core of her character and why she involves herself with solving the murder at the heart of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. As for her physical appearance, Fincher had something in mind. "Lisbeth is the goth Pippi [Longstocking]," he observes.

Read the full piece at W's website.

-W.

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