W Magazine has the first look at Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, the female protagonist in David Fincher’s adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Fierce right? Of course it’s fierce. Know what’s fiercer though? The adjoining interview which details the confronting search for pop-lit’s most iconic Asperger’s affected, bisexual, goth, computer hacking heroine. Says Fincher: “We had five or six girls audition with the rape scene. The girls had to kick a dildo up his ass. That’s Salander’s big scene, and we had to see if they could do it.“. Yikes.
Mara’s description of the casting process is just as harrowing: “David added the rape scene at the last minute, and I said, ‘Ohmigod! They must be really serious.’ They did one test, then another a week later. They shot me in the subway in L.A. in full hair and makeup with a motorcycle. Every day they had a new request. On a Monday morning, David called me in, and I said, ‘What do you want me to do to my hair now?’ I was at the end of my rope. He told me I had the part. I hadn’t even read the script yet.“