The 26-year-old Mara, who dominates David Fincher's version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," has been called "nothing short of brilliant" in a CNN review by Mark Rabinowitz, and "a mesmerizing screen presence" by Ann Hornaday, a Washington Post reviewer.
Noomi Rapace, 31, garnered similar bouquets when she played Salander in the three Swedish movies based on Larsson's trilogy. Those were broadcast in Sweden as a TV miniseries and in the U.S. as a trio of movies.
It was American audiences' fascination with Larsson's work that brought Rapace to Hollywood's attention. She now has a role in the just-opened "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows" with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law and has been cast in Ridley Scott's "Prometheus."
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