Rooney Mara to star in 'Dragon Tattoo'

Updated: August 17, 2010, 1:54 PM ET
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AP Photo/Matt SaylesRooney Mara (left) and her sister, Kate, who is also an actress.
LOS ANGELES -- Actress Rooney Mara, the great-granddaughter of New York Giants founder Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, will be working alongside James Bond star Daniel Craig in the Hollywood remake of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

Sony Pictures announced Monday that Mara will play Lisbeth Salander, a fearless genius tormented by a terrible childhood, in the crime thriller based on the first book in Stieg Larsson's best-selling series.

Mara, 25, joins Craig, who stars as a journalist (Mikael Blomkvist) who teams up with Lisbeth to delve into a string of decades-old murders.

"Dragon Tattoo" is directed by David Fincher, who cast Mara in "The Social Network," a drama about the founders of Facebook due in theaters Oct. 1.

The English-language adaptation of "Dragon Tattoo" begins shooting next month in Sweden and is due out Dec. 21, 2011.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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