Into the Dragon's Den; Can Rooney Mara Fill Noomi Rapace's Shoes in the Tattoo Remake?

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Into the Dragon's Den; Can Rooney Mara Fill Noomi Rapace's Shoes in the Tattoo Remake?


Byline: ALUN PALMER

A host of stars were desperate to play bisexual computer hacker Lisbeth Salander alongside Daniel Craig in David Fincher's Hollywood remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Noomi Rapace - who portrayed the part to great acclaim in the Swedish film versions of Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium books - wasn't interested in the project.

And, after much speculation about big names such as Scarlett Johansson, it is the little-known Rooney Mara who has won the hottest role around in the Tinseltown version, due next year.

Here we compare the two actresses, Rooney and Noomi, the latter of whom can be seen from today in The Girl Who Played With Fire - the second part of the trilogy.

NOOMI RAPACE

AGE 30

BORN Hudiksvall, Sweden

PICKLED HERRING OR NEW YORK DELI?

Her mother was Swedish actress Nina Norn, her dad Spanish flamenco singer Rogelio Dur[sz]n. Noomi rarely saw her father before he died in 2007. Her mum remarried and moved from Sweden to Iceland.

HACKER OR SLACKER?

Noomi won her first film role at the age of seven in an Icelandic film. The non-speaking role sparked her love of acting and when the family returned to Stockholm she quit school at 15 to study theatre. In 1996, she made her TV debut playing the part of Lucinda Gonzales in the TV series Tre Kronor. She is married to Swedish actor Ola Rapace and they have a son, Lev.

FAKE ACCENT OR NATIVE SPEAKER?

Long before Stieg Larsson's books became a global sensation, Swedish director Niels Arden Ople bought the film rights. In September 2007, he interviewed young Noomi.

"At first, he said no," she recalls. "It may even have been that he thought I was too good looking. I said, 'If you trust me, I'll do anything you want me to do to become her'. And he finally agreed."

Noomi went on a strict diet to get Salander's ultra-skinny look. "I wanted to get rid of my female softness," she says. "I wanted to be more like a boy in my body.

Lisbeth's athletic, but she can fight."

Despite the lure of Hollywood, Noomi had no interest in getting involved in the big-money remake.

"I've been very clear on that point from the beginning," she says. …

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