Mara, of course, has the title role The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,"director David Fincher's remake of the film based on Stieg Larsson's international bestseller. Mara posed as Salander for W magazine, revealing the hair, make-up and ink work that fans expect.
Looking at the photos, it's easy to see why Fincher had expressed interest last summer in talking to South African rapper Yo-Landi Vi$$er of the band Die Antwoord about the role. Mara's look is very much informed by Vi$$er's style.
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Fincher ultimately went with Mara for the role largely on the strength of her performance in "The Social Network," which is all but guaranteed to win Best Picture next month at the Oscars.
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," co-starring Danial Craig, is due Dec. 21, 2012.