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Rooney Mara vs. Noomi Rapace, 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'
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Rooney Mara vs. Noomi Rapace in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ — Who Is Better?

In one corner, we have Rooney Mara, the virtually unknown actress who beat out starlets like Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman for the life-changing role of Lisbeth Salander, playing opposite Daniel Craig in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' remake.

In the other, we have Noomi Rapace, who set the Lisbeth Salander standard by portraying the character in the original Swedish film versions of all three Stieg Larsson novels. Many audiences were convinced that the intensity she brought to the role could never be duplicated.

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Noomi Rapace vs. Rooney Mara — Who Has More Staying Power?

It's not uncommon for bestselling novels to make their way to the big screen -- but Stieg Larsson's 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' has seen not just one movie adaptation, but two.

Lisbeth Salander, the iconic tough-as-nails computer hacker from the book, has now been embodied by two gorgeous actresses: Noomi Rapace, who starred in the 2009 Swedish-language film, and Rooney Mara, who shares top billing with Daniel Craig in the recently-released English version.

That got us thinking: which lady will use this high-profile to launch the more successful career?

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New, Less Seizure-Inducing Trailer for ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Hits the Internet

"She’s different, in every way" — those are the words used in the second trailer for 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' (which is arguably less frenetic than the first) to describe Rooney Mara's mohawk-sporting titular character.

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