Rooney Mara IS Lisbeth Salander

It’s official, Rooney Mara is set to play Lisbeth Salander in Sony Pictures’ three-film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary blockbuster ‘The Millennium Trilogy; starting with “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”.

Sony confirmed the news, along with Daniel Craig’s casting, in a press release issued earlier this afternoon. The press release also confirms that along with Steve Zaillian penning the script, producers will include Scott Rudin, Cean Chaffin, Ole Sondberg and Soren Staermose.

Mara started out with TV guest spots and small roles in recent indie features “Dream Boy,” “Friends (with Benefits),” “Tanner Hall” and “Dare”. She stars in no less than four films that have opened/will open this year – “Youth in Revolt,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “The Winning Season” and “The Social Network”.

Mara worked under the trilogy’s director David Fincher in ‘Social’ and was rumoured to be his favourite choice. Mara beat out the likes of Sarah Snook, Sophie Lowe, Lea Seydoux who were also in the final round of casting. Scarlett Johansson reportedly emerged as a serious late contender.

Shooting on the English-language ‘Tattoo’ kicks off in Sweden next month.