It wasn’t until I was reclining back on a long-haul flight to Stockholm, e-book reader in hand, that I decided to give Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy a shot. To make my way around Södermalm’s landmarks without having Larsson’s seedy backstories in mind suddenly just didn’t seem an option. I was glad I indulged; it was a far better alternative to whatever films the in-flight entertainment system had on offer.
Soon, though, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first Millenium instalment, will have the gritty themes taken from its pages and put, in film version, on those in-flight entertainment systems. Soon the English language take on the film, directed by David Fincher, will be released. And Rooney Mara will not just be the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – she’ll be the Girl with a Lot To Live Up To.
Before we get to see Mara’s performance – one that will no doubt be judged against both the book and the Swedish film before it, we will see her face gracing magazine pages. Here, in a shoot for US Vogue, Mara sports her pitch black Lisbeth Salander hairstyle – but the styling by Tonne Goodman doesn’t play to the visual aspects of the Larson character. Instead it’s a mix of soft and hard, vulnerable and tough, perhaps like the character’s true self.
Recognisably photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, you can view more of Rooney Mara for US Vogue’s November 2011 issue by clicking on the thumbnails above.