Lynn Hirschberg‘s exclusive W story about David Fincher‘s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has several photos of Rooney Mara in Lisbeth Salander mode. Clearly Fincher wanted his Lisbeth to look significantly different than Noomi Rapace‘s version. So he went with short, severe-looking bangs and bleached eyebrows. A little bit of an early ’80s Klaus Nomi look.
Honestly? I’m not entirely sure how I feel about these differences. I liked Rapace’s look, but I recognize that it would have seemed weird if Fincher had given Rooney an exact copycat appearance. Maybe I just need some time to get used to it. But right now I’m getting a little tiny bit of an Elsa Lanchester in The Bride of Frankenstein vibe. Just a slight one. Not the Lanchester look, obviously, but the otherness.