Rooney Mara Is Cast As ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’

Rooney Mara will be “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Columbia Pictures confirmed on Monday.

Rooney nabbed the highly covered role of edgy hacker Lisbeth Salander in the American big screen adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary set, The Millenium Trilogy.

The actress, who is up next in theaters in “The Social Network,” alongside Justin Timberlake (and directed by David Fincher), reportedly beat out a field of contenders that, at one time, included Natalie Portman, Ellen Page and recent Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan.

Last week, just Rooney, French actress Lea Seydoux and Australian actress’ Sarah Snook and Sophie Lowe, were reportedly left in the running, before Rooney was ultimately cast as Lisbeth.

Additionally, while his role as James Bond may be in limbo due to financial difficulties at MGM’s studio level, Daniel Craig has nabbed the part of Mikael Blomkvist in “Dragon,” Columbia Pictures also confirmed on Monday. Mikael and Lisbeth paths cross as they look for a missing girl.

“Dragon…” will begin shooting in Sweden in September.

David Fincher will direct, while Steve Zaillian has written the screenplay.

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” hits theaters on December 21, 2011. The second installment of the original Swedish trilogy, “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” hit American theaters on July 9, and the third movie in the original series, “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest” will be released stateside on October 15.

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