They play the same role in different adaptations of the same book and the internet seems intent on pitting them against each other, but Deadline Hollywood’s Nikki Finke puts Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara, both portraying Lisbeth Salander in separate adaptations of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, on equal footing in Elle Magazine’s annual Women in Hollywood Power List.
Here’s what Finke had to say about the two Salanders:
Rapace is Hollywood’s new It Girl. As the hard-ass-on-a-Harley heroine in the Swedish version of Stieg Larsson’s book trilogy, most famously The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, she’s being considered for an Oscar. Rooney Mara won the most closely watched casting search for an actress since Gone With the Wind to star as Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood version of Dragon Tattoo. That, and her big role in The Social Network, makes her the “get” of every media outlet.
Indeed, both women seem on the precipice of becoming bona-fide Hollywood stars, due in no small part to their association with the Salander role. Rapace has already played Salander (and is “done with her”) and is currently filming the “Sherlock Holmes” sequel in London for director Guy Ritchie. She is also said to be a favorite of Ridley Scott’s for the highly sought-after “Alien” prequel. Mara is currently shooting the first English language “Dragon Tattoo” adaptation with Daniel Craig for David Fincher in Sweden.