Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rooney Mara: From Elm Street to being the Girl with Dragon Tattoo

"Dare" - 2009 Sundance Portrait Session

I am currently in the middle of reading the book The Girl with Dragon Tattoo.  It has taken me a while to get into, the book but I am just at the point where the main characters meet up for the first time.  As this meeting occurred I could tell the book was going to pick up.  While reading this book, I thought about the different adaptations that were happening.  This book was first adapted as a foreign language film (which I will be watching as soon as I finish the book).  The next adaptation is being released this December and it stars Rooney Mara as the main character.

Rooney Mara is a star on the rise.  There is not much to write about this young lady; she took a small role in the film Youth in Revolt (2009); she also had lead role in the updated edition of A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).  Neither of these films were a good launch pad for her career, her role was just a blip in Youth in Revolt, and well Elm Street like all horror reboots was atrocious.

Mara happened to land a role in the film that should have won Best Picture in this past year The Social Network (2010).  Mara plays the girlfriend and quickly ex-girlfriend of Mark Zuckerberg.  Mara may be only the screen for 8 minutes of this two hour film, but she does a great job conveying innocence and pain as she deals with this  boy genius.   The director David Fincher must have seen something in this young actress because she was cast as Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming (second) adaptation of the book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  The character in the book is so deep and unique and I think this will help launch her into stardom.  Having this role is the opportunity of a lifetime because the book is so beloved it will be seen by many; she will also have a lot of pressure on her, but I think she is up to the challenge.

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