As we reported earlier today, one of the most hotly contested and thoroughly debated casting decisions in recent film history was finally confirmed as Rooney Mara has been tapped to play Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming Hollywood adaptation of Stieg Larsson's blockbuster novel 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.' Now millions of fans have just one question left: Who the heck is Rooney Mara?

Not that being an unknown is necessarily a bad thing; after all, Noomi Rapace, who played Salander in the Swedish adaptations of Larsson's trilogy, was equally unknown and has since gone on to become one of the hottest actresses on the planet. But with James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, already signed to play opposite of Mara as investigative journalist Michael Blomkvist, the pressure will be on Mara just to keep from being blown off the screen, much less live up to the sky-high expectations that 40 million books sold have created.

So will Mara hold up under the scrutiny? And just where did she come from? To give you a better idea of just who will be playing Lisbeth Salander for the next three (or more) films, here's a look at the life and career of Rooney Mara.
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