The first shots of Rooney Mara as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘s Lisbeth Salander have finally surfaced!

There is loads of anticipation surrounding David Fincher’s Hollywood adaptation of the first book in the  hugely popular Millennium Trilogy series by Stieg Larsson. The Swedish version, starring Noomi Rapace in the role of Lisbeth, was released to critical acclaim back in 2009, and is likely that Fincher will be looking to achieve similar success with this English-language version.

Mara was reported to have beaten off competition from the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Emma Watson, Kristen Stewart and Carey Mulligan for the part of Lisbeth, despite the fact that the character could not be more different from her last role as The Social Network‘s Erica Albright, which was also directed by Fincher.

And judging by these pics, she’s undergone quite a transformation! The formerly fresh-faced actress, who reportedly didn’t even have her ears pieced prior to this dramatic makeover, looked virtually unrecognisable in pictures taken for W magazine’s feature on the film.

She may look remarkably similar to Rapace’s interpretation of the character, but rumour has it that several changes have been made from the original film, with Lisbeth’s character said to show a slightly more aggressive side. Crikey.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will see Mara star opposite Daniel Craig, and is due to reach UK cinemas on 26th December.

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