With director David Fincher in her corner, she beat out all contenders for the role of Lisbeth Salander in Sony's upcoming English-language The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation. Audiences will first see Mara in a supporting role in Fincher's The Social Network as the girl that inspires Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook after breaking up with him. Exactly who is this young actress? Does she have what it takes to embody the tiny, tough, tattooed, damaged, brilliant, androgynous computer hacker Salander? And to hold her own with co-star Daniel Craig?
Before she turned to acting, Rooney was interested in non-profit work and used a different first name.
Rooney was called Tricia until last year, when she replaced her first name with her middle after appearing in Tanner Hall, a coming-of-age story about four girls in boarding school, written and directed by royal offspring and boarding school vets Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg.
Tricia's first work was alongside her older sister, Kate Mara (Brokeback Mountain, We Are Marshall, Shooter, Transsiberian), in the direct-to-DVD Urban Legends: Bloody Mary. The younger Mara then followed a standard trajectory of TV appearances leading to indie film roles and a supporting role in festival flick Youth in Revolt.
Filmmaker profiled her as one of their 25 New Faces. And in a recent Interview Magazine feature, Mara described her own acting as "... not at all funny, I can do dark comedy pretty well, but straight-up comedy, I don’t know. I’m much darker. I’ve been like that since I was 3 years old. For Halloween, my mom asked me what I wanted to be. I said Klara, the crippled girl in the movie Heidi.”
Maybe she's got some Salander in her after all.
Here's the Tanner Hall trailer:
[Red carpet photo courtesy of Getty Images, Filmmaker Magazine photo by Thomas Whiteside]