Actress Rooney Mara will play Lisbeth Salander in film

TAGS:

US actress Rooney Mara will play the title role in the remake of cult Swedish film The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

The 24-year-old has been cast as Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker who teams up with a journalist to investigate a series of decades-old murders.

Twilight star Kristen Stewart, 20, and Ellen Page, 23, had been tipped to take the role.

Daniel Craig, 42, will play the male lead of Mikael Blomkvist and acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher will direct.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is the first of 3 novels in the best-selling Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson – all 3 have been made into movies in Sweden.

If the new English-language version is successful, sequels The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest will also get the Hollywood treatment.

Shooting on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo beings in Sweden next month and it is due for release on 21 December 2011.

VIDEO Trailer for Swedish film The Girl Who Played With Fire…