- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 17, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Newcomer Rooney Mara has landed one of the most-coveted roles in Hollywood, co-starring alongside James Bond star Daniel Craig in the English-language remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Sony Pictures announced Monday that Mara, 25, will play Lisbeth Salander, a fearless genius tormented by a terrible childhood, in the crime thriller based on the first book in Stieg Larsson’s best-selling series.

Craig is portrating journalist Mikael Blomkvist, who teams up with Lisbeth to delve into a string of decades-old murders.

“Dragon Tattoo” is directed by David Fincher, who cast Mara in “The Social Network,” a drama about the founders of Facebook due in theaters Oct. 1.

Along with television guest spots on “ER” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Mara’s credits include roles in this year’s remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and the upcoming sports comedy “The Winning Season.”

“Dragon Tattoo” begins shooting next month in Sweden and is due out Dec. 21, 2011.