As far as this critic is concerned, there’s only one Lisbeth Salander and that’s Noomi Rapace in the original breakout Swedish trilogy that started with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. For all the Goth punk-rocker accoutrements and biker-chick toughness, Rapace plays the iconic damaged-yet-fiercely-vengeful lesbian hacker with such burning intensity her performance lingers long even after watching the three films altogether. And whatever David Fincher is up to with his new ‘girl’ in the upcoming Hollywood remake, Rapace is a compelling act to beat. Enter Rooney Mara, now largely renowned for dumping Jesse Eisenberg’s genius-cum-arsehole Mark Zuckerberg in the brilliant Fincher-Sorkin lovechild The Social Network.
W Magazine has recently released Mara’s new makeover as Salander, or Salander’s American doppelgänger, and the result folks is dark (as you can see below). It seems like Fincher is going back to his Se7en and Fight Club roots – grim, gritty, urban thrillers with a moral punch. And Mara, who singled out the role from among a line-up audition competitors that must be the most coveted role in recent cinematic memory (Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence all tried), looks sizzling and convincing that she could stab anyone who pisses her off with a dildo. With Fincher riding the wave with Social Network, he might just pull off a good film out of Dragon Tattoo. Given the startling success of Let Me In, another American revamping of a Swedish masterpiece Let The Right One In, there is indeed a room for a vast American audience who cannot give a toss reading subtitles (that’s American literacy for you) to experience these stories really worth giving a toss.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo will be out 26 December this year.