Hollywood’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Mara Rooney

August 17, 2010 in Entertainment by pacejmiller

A day after reports stated that Scarlett Johansson was going to be a “shoo-in” as Lisbeth Salander, the titular character in the Hollywood remake of the Sweden book/film blockbuster The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it has now been announced that the role will go to relative unknown Mara Rooney.

Yeah, I can kind of see it

I’ve seen Rooney in the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, in which she was pretty decent.  She doesn’t necessarily have that dark intensity Noomi Rapace (the original Salander), though physically she does fit the role (skinny and not too tall).  I’m sure with the right make-up and outfit, she can make a decent Salander.

All I can say is that I’m glad Scarlett Johansson didn’t get the role.  Nothing against her personally but boy would that have been a horrible choice!  I know she’s lost some of her curves, but still.  Any of the other names mentioned before Rooney bagged the role — Emma Watson (a little too young-looking still), Ellen Page (too young and a little too small), Carey Mulligan (too classy?), Emily Browning (too young-looking?), Mia Wasikowska (could be good) and Natalie Portman (would be excellent) — would have been better than Johansson, who is just too clean/innocent/sweet to play the role.

Then again, this is a Hollywood remake, and as such, as expectations should be kept in check.  Is it going to be as dark as the original, or is it going to be sanitised for the US audience?  Will they remain true to the book, or will they make it more Hollywood?

Rooney is good in the sense that she is not a widely known name, so that will bring a sense of freshness to the film.  However, they have also chosen 007 Daniel Craig to play Mikael Blomkvist, so that defeats the purpose of trying to make it star-free.

In any case it’s still early stages — filming isn’t even set to begin until next month, with the release set for late 2011.