'Dragon Tattoo' star Rooney Mara gives EW her status update

Rooney-Mara-TattooImage Credit: Angela Weiss/Getty ImagesEver since Rooney Mara was picked to star in David Fincher’s upcoming adapatation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we’ve been eager for every bit of news about her adventures as Lisbeth Salander.

To celebrate her inclusion in EW‘s Entertainers of the Year issue, Mara — alongside her Social Network cast-mates — emailed EW a personal status update. Hers comes straight from the Dragon Tattoo set in Stockholm, Sweden, where she took a moment to poke fun at Fincher’s well-known penchant for doing dozens of takes.

“It’s -9 degrees Celsius. 37 takes down, only about 42 more to go,” she writes. “Every time he says, ‘Okay, last one,’ I fall for it. Every. Single. Time. If only I could get this damn shrug right, then maybe I could go inside and my nipple ring would have time to thaw out…”

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 21, 2011.

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  • Q.H.

    Film already made, and better.

    • Bonk

      You’ve already seen Fincher’s version, which is still being filmed and won’t be in theaters until December, 2011? That’s amazingly impressive!!!

      • Justin

        I think they are referring to the Swedish versions, which are fantastic. I love Fincher too, but I would have preferred to see him do something original. I can’t imagine Fincher’s versions being better, especially a movie that is re-made about 2 years later.

      • DL

        The Swedish films weren’t as great as everyone makes them out to be, in my opinion. Noomi Rapace was awesome, for sure, but for me, the rest of the cast was mediocre, and I also didn’t care for the needless changes they made to the narrative of the novels.

      • metalliham

        Nobody thought a movie about the founder of Facebook would be any good either. This is David Fincher we are talking about here. Wait until the movie is out before you bash it.

      • Sigh

        Fincher isn’t remaking a Swedish film. He’s adapting a popular Swedish novel which just happens to already have been adapted once in Sweden.

      • RyanK

        Wow Justin. You’re not very good at this whole “sarcasm” thing are you?

    • dub

      Better than what? How can a movie be better than one that isn’t even finished yet?

    • Lizzie

      yeah, the swedish version is the bomb, but of COURSE I will be seeing the US remake! lol!

    • B

      Yeah, read the novel. First movie was good. But there is bviously lots of room for another interpretation… LOTS.

    • Kaelyn

      I’m not that impressed with the swedish version.

  • Jobless

    Not sure how the movie’s going be, but I find Rooney Mara really attractive.

    • Dave

      I agree. I have a little crush on her.

  • Jose

    So, Rooney Mara wanting her nipple ring to that is news?

  • Justin

    I don’t understand re-making a move that is about a year and a half old, even if it is in another language. Oh wait…… $$$$$$! At least Fincher is directing. I’m sure it won’t be horrible, but it just seems so unnecessary.

    • Will

      Does it really matter? In the end it was always a book first, not a movie.

    • K

      There not re-making a movie. They are adapting a book into a movie. Something the Swedes have already done. Do you say every Shakespeare film is re-making a previous Shakespeare film? No. You simply say there is a movie adaption of one of this plays. If Fincher’s movie turns out to be great, then who cares if he adapted the book so soon after the Swedes did?

      • Mitch

        I’m sure if they released ‘Hamlet’ as a French foreign-language film less than 2 years ago, and it was in American theatres as little as 6-9 months ago, it would be absolutely valid to complain about Fincher deciding to release an American ‘Hamlet’ in December and complain: “Why the heck is Fincher re-doing Hamlet when someone else redid last year?”

      • Mitch

        I would like to add that really I am (personally) very excited to see another version of this film, however. But only because I enjoyed the Swedish film so much. I actually think I would probably watch each version if every major nation decided to release it… but I also have an unhealthy obsession with the story (not really, but most likely a unique level of excitement), and while backin myself away to a rational perspective I dont quite understand why they are releasing it so soon already. (Swedish version of Girl who Kicked Hornet’s Nest is in local theatres as we speak!). Kinda as if the government were handing everyone free money. I would accept it with great enthusiasm, but never truly understand where the logic was.

      • Hen

        I don’t think anyone but the most uptight would complain about the Hamlet foreign film. Clearly, more people are complaining about this.

    • kevin

      The version I saw of the swedish movie had an english soundtrack option so it was quite watchable

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  • Dave

    Why do people keep calling this a re-make of the Swedish film? It’s not. It’s simply another adaptation of the book.
    And besides, the Swedish versions are good, but not as superfantastic as so many people make them out to be. It’s not like the Swedish versions are sacred material. People need to get over it. This movie is being made. If you have a problem with it, then don’t see it. Problem solved.

    • dub


    • Dave2

      The Swedish version doesn’t have Stellan Skarsgard, so maybe the US adaptation will be better after all.

      • Justin

        I will see tho movie, but mostly because I’m a Fincher fan. He is an amazing director with a great visual style. And yes, I guess you’re right – it is just another adaptation of the book, not a re-make of the same film. I didn’t think that the Swedish ones were superfantastic (my new favorite word, all kidding aside), but they were all entertaining. I guess I just don’t see how much different they will really be. I hope I’m wrong though – because it’s a great story, and the cast is great too. Either way, the movies will make a TON of money, and as long as that happens, nothing else really matters. Dave – are you just so defensive about our opinions because you have a little crush? It’s not like we are throwing out lewd comments or anything.

      • Dave

        Justin, I’m glad you like superfantastic. Feel free to use it whenever you like lol.
        Actually, I’m probably being a bit defensive more so because I think David Fincher is brilliant and I have faith in anything he does. With someone like Fincher at the helm, there’s no reason to automatically assume it will be worse than the Swedish version.

      • Justin

        I’m with you 100 percent Dave. I love Fincher too. Well look at that… we had a slight disagreement and can STILL remain cordial. Well played!

      • Dave

        Haha! This doesn’t happen in these comment sections very often. Whenever people disagree, it usually gets pretty ugly.

    • mostboringseasonever

      I so agree.
      The Swedish film was rtecommended to me, so i did see it – the first one. I thought it was good, but very slow moving and, for me, kind of boring.
      I love David Fincher’s movies. I expect this will be a terrific one, as well.

      • B

        Slow moving? You’ll be surprised the first 200 pages of the book were covered in the first 10 minutes of the movie. This is no exaggeration.

    • Scytherius

      Wekk, I see your point but I think it’s semantics. You could say that about EVERY remake … that it’s just another adaptation. That’s what a remake is. I don’t think it matters not bit what you call it. The only question is, can Mara get close to Repace in performance? We will see.

  • Justin

    And yes, I misspelled “the” as “tho” in my last comment. Please go easy on me.

    • Scytherius

      *goin’ easy* ; )

  • Don Nelson

    I have serious reservations about the US version being better than the Swedish version. I will ignore unless a whole lot of people tell me they feel it is superior. Just can’t happen.

  • Raine

    Hm….I’m intrigued by her commitment (nipple rings?!).

    As a big fan of the Swedish films, I think the books are even better. I don’t think they can top Noomi Rapace’s Lisbeth, but I am going to remain open-minded. Fincher is one of the best auteurs alive, Steve Zallian is a great screenwriter and the rest of the cast (Craig, Plummer, Skarsgard, Robin Wright) are pitch perfect. Also, the last quarter of the book the Swedish film glossed over, especially the great final scene that isn’t even in the movie.

    I still don’t think they can improve the quality of the first film though and Rapace is Lisbeth Salander. With that said, the second and third movies were rushed and while good, had a lot of problems. So, I think there is plenty of room for another take…if just for a more coherent adaptation of The Girl Who Played With Fire….Still, Mara will not get out of Rapace’s shadow, in my opinion.

  • Constance

    I beleive more attention will be paid in comparing Lisbeth’s character. Will Mara be able to match Noomi Rapace’s performance? A tall order since Noomi killed it!

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    • Scytherius

      Cuoldn’t agree more. For right or wrong, this remake will be all about did Mara pull it off. She doesn’t have to exceed Noomi, just get close. That may not be fair, but there it is. If she doesn’t get close, the film will be deemed a failure. While I don’t see it happening (Mara pulling it off). I hope it does. It’s not that Mara is bad, it’s just that Repace is SO damned good.

    • m1

      I think she can pull it off. David Fincher has gotten brilliant performances out of actors before, so why won’t Mara be able to give one?

  • Jay

    Fincher is God. Bunch of atheists on this board…

  • B-

    She got “Rave” reviews for “The Social Network” yet she was barely in the film. I know her character in a sense was pivotal, but she still wasn’t in enough scenes to erase the memories of her comatose performance in the “Nightmare” remake. She seems like a very nice girl. But she’s going to have to kill this role in order to prove herself. Noomi Rapace did a very good job in the original. I trust Fincher, I just don’t understand why he is re-adapting a story that is IMO not worthy of yet another movie or his talents. Look at what happened to “Let Me In”, it was deemed a worthy remake yet it was largely ignored.

  • Jeannie

    I finally watched the Swedish film last night, and I have to say I was very disappointed with it! I’m a huge fan of the book and I’d heard so many good things about the movie and it definitely did not hold up to my expectations. I’m officially excited for Fincher’s version now. He’s done some AMAZING movies (Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network, Zodiac) and after seeing the Swedish movie I can see a million ways Fincher could improve upon it.

  • DTO

    I can’t believe nobody’s focused on her nipple comment. I know that’s all I can think about. Sophomoric attitudes are awesome!

  • ash

    I wonder who wrote that for her?

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