Thursday, January 13, 2011

Rooney Mara IS Lisbeth Salander?

The first pictures of Rooney Mara in full Lisbeth Salander regalia were published Wednesday. Color me intrigued.

I think the look strikes just the right balance. It's faithful to the look Noomi Rapace created in the original films, and yet it's different enough to suggest that Rooney will be her own animal.

I can't quite put my finger on it, but I think it's because she looks somewhat younger than Rapace did, suggesting more of a tarnished soul underneath a pierced exterior.

It's not just the look that sells me, though. It's Mara's performance in The Social Network.

That may seem strange considering she's in the movie for all of 15 minutes, if that. That may be true in terms of screen time - but her character is everywhere in that film,

As The Social Network tells it, Mara's character, Erica Albright, was the motivating force behind the creation of Facebook. And every time Mark Zuckerberg thinks of her, it only increases his already formidable drive to make himself the winner of whatever game he plays. And the pitch-perfect ending drives home just how critical Mara's work was in the film.

It helps, of course, that David Fincher directed The Social Network and will direct The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Fincher has rarely stepped wrong, and I trust in his skill and judgment. And Mara already has me hooked.

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