Rooney Mara Performance in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Extended Trailer

A new, extended trailer for director David Fincher’s movie adaptation of the popular “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” book has been released online and has generated increased excitement across the large, international fan base. The extended trailer briefly unveils a few of the dark, disturbing plot lines of a movie centered around a decades-old murder mystery. A shorter two-minute trailer was also released earlier this year, but only consisted of brief flashes of scenes that left fans longing for more.

The movie is Fincher’s first in a trilogy based on Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling “Millennium series” mystery novels, which include “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played with Fire,” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” In 2009, Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev released his own highly-rated adaptation of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and many fans are eager to compare Oplev’s version to Fincher’s upcoming release.

In the four-minute extended trailer of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Rooney Mara completely transforms herself into the dark heroine character, Lisbeth Salander, complete with a Mohawk, a Swedish accent, and a tough girl attitude. She plays a bisexual computer hacker with a troubled past who is recruited to help solve a 40-year-old murder mystery. According to MTV, Mara competed against and beat out a long list of actresses, including A-List celebrities like Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart, to win the part of Lisbeth Salander.

I was initially doubtful of the casting job because of Mara’s reputation as a sweet, innocent, good girl. However, her actions since landing the coveted role have proved her dedication to an accurate portrayal of Lisbeth Salander. People reports that Mara has since chopped off her long, flowing locks, dyed her hair black, got tattooed, and got piercings all over her body. Before landing the part, she didn’t even have pierced ears! On top of Mara’s physical transformation, she has also shed her good girl image by posing half-nude on a teaser poster for the movie, which has generated its own controversy.

In the extended trailer for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Mara is shown engaging in fight scenes and making out with her girlfriend, in addition to hacking computers and working undercover with disgraced journalist Mikhail Blomkvist (played by Daniel Craig) to solve a decades-old murder mystery. She has completely immersed herself in the character and, if I didn’t know any better, I would be convinced that her on-screen character was a representation of her real life personality. It is obvious that Mara is taking the role seriously and wants everyone to know it. The trailer simply cements this idea.

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” arrives in theaters on December 21, 2011.

Eric Ditzian, “Rooney Mara Lands Lead In ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’,” MTV.

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