First Official Image of Rooney Mara in THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

Hey gang! Here's our first official look at Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in the David Fincher directed film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I think she looks awesome as this character. That's quite a transformation. Here's a little description from W that talks about this transformation:

The transformation began with the hair. Mara’s long brown mane was dyed black and cut in a series of jagged points that looked as if she had chopped it herself with a dull razor. The bangs were cropped very short and uneven, and the rest of the hair was layered into an extended shag. The final result was a mash-up of brazen Seventies punk and spooky Eighties goth with a dash of S&M temptress. That look, which could also describe Salander’s nature, was echoed in her wardrobe—a collection of ripped stockings, low garter belts, skintight leather, and heavy-soled boots. In all the angry, attractive darkness, Mara, who is 25, lithe, and petite, radiated an intriguing mix of menace and vulnerability. Fincher’s Lisbeth Salander, as channeled by Mara, is unique—a brilliant but childlike avenging angel with an understanding and an appreciation of violence.

The film is based on Stieg Larsson's posthumously published crime thriller trilogy, The Millennium Series. The book describes the mystery surrounding the long-unsolved disappearance of an heiress. A journalist recently dinged by a libel case and a young female hacker try to resolve it, stirring up bundles of personal and industrial corruption along the way.

The article mostly talks about Fincher's career, and it's a great read if you have the time, but here is a little bit about what he has doen with Dargon Tattoo,

The script, which captures the novel’s bleak tone (its original Swedish title was Men Who Hate Women), was written by Academy Award winner Steven Zaillian, who wrote Schindler’s List, and it departs rather dramatically from the book. Blomkvist is less promiscuous, Salander is more aggressive, and, most notably, the ending—the resolution of the drama—has been completely changed. This may be sacrilege to some, but Zaillian has improved on Larsson—the script’s ending is more interesting.

This is shocking material for a major studio like Sony. In one of the pivotal scenes, taken directly from Larsson, Salander punishes the man who raped her by raping him with a large prosthetic penis, and then tattooing his torso with the words i am a rapist pig.

I can live with a few changes. I'm actually interested to see how they end it in this movie. I already know the ending of the book, so it's kind of nice not knowing what's going to happen at the end.

The film also stars Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Joely Richardson, Steven Berkoff, David Dencik and Alexandra Daddario.

The film is set to be released in theaters on December 21st 2011, and I'm really excited about seeing it. 

What do you all think about Mara's look, and the fact that the ending has been changed?

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