One of the hardest parts for director David Fincher in his American retelling of the novel by late Swedish author Stieg Larsson and subsequent Swedish film might have been the casting. In the end, he went with fan favorite Daniel Craig for the role of investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Some devotees of the original movies might have wanted Noomi Rapace to reprise her role as Lisbeth Salander, the brains behind the operation, but the coveted role went to relative unknown Rooney Mara (sister to "Iron Man 2" and "Brokeback Mountain's" Kate Mara). Can we consider the fact that Noomi and Rooney's names sort of sound alike a compromise?
-- Whitney Friedlander
Left photo: Rooney Mara, credit: Merrick Morton / Columbia Pictures; Right photo: Daniel Craig, credit: Greg Williams / Columbia Pictures