If you thought the first official looks at Rooney Mara as the title character in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” were a touch provocative — she posed with a bared chest and bloody hands in one, her buttocks exposed in another — you haven’t seen anything yet.
W magazine has published a new series of photos of Mara as Lisbeth Salander, capturing the 25-year-old actress in an array of revealing poses. In one pic, Mara stands topless on a snowy Stockholm street, clutching her breasts and looking utterly dazed, unaware of her surroundings. Another shows the actress rocking a tiny T-shirt and tinier tutu, the expanse of her belly exposed and the makings of biceps clear in her upturned arms.
This is Mara unlike we’ve seen her before; a pre-makeover image of the actress included in the photo series underscores her comprehensive transformation. Director David Fincher may have seen something in Mara when they worked together on “The Social Network,” but her Salander bares preciously zero resemblance to the ponytailed college student she played in Fincher’s current Oscar darling.
Other new photos include Mara in ripped tights straddling a motorcycle (she reportedly has learned how to ride for the role); lighting a cigarette and staring into the camera as if to say, “What the f— are you looking at?”; and rocking a mohawk and looking much more vulnerable than in the tough-gal poses.
Said Fincher of his conception of the character, often said to resemble a modern-day Pippi Longstocking, “Lisbeth is the goth Pippi.”
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