Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Rooney Mara took over the role of Lisbeth Salander in the U.S. reboot of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Photo: Sony)

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander (Click Photos to Enlarge!)

Rooney Mara opens the latest trailer from the highly anticipated David Fincher film “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.” She roars to a stop on her motorcycle dressed in black leather with a black helmet and face mask.

Mara, who plays the crime thriller’s anti-hero, Lisbeth Salander, is a nihilistic, goth avenging angel on a mission to uncover an equally dark world of sexual violence, corporate corruption and latent Nazism in Swedish society.

This is the second clip released by the studio to introduce audiences to Fincher’s adaptation of the the late Stieg Larsson’s international best-selling crime series “Millennium Trilogy.”

It’s a scene setter that sheds some light on how Slander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) join forces to unmask the crimes of industrialist Henrik Vanger played by Christopher Plummer.

Mara has big shoes to fill. The movie was originally filmed in Sweden and Swedish actress Noomi Rapace defined the role of Salander in three pictures.

Mara, 25, brings an unlikely background to the role.

She is a child of privilege and wealth, related to both the Rooney Family, which owns the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Mara Famiy, owners of the New York Giants football team.

The clip reveals key aspects of the characters, such as Blomkvist’s torrid affair with the editor of the magazine where he works. Very Swedish.

He’s been asked to investigate a 40-year-old murder that he eventually ties to underworld corruption.

Salander has her own past to deal with. She’s been institutionalized, her background is mysterious, but she has a large trust fund controlled by an evil guardian.

All of this loops back eventually to Henrik Vanger.

The film is set for release December 21st. Check out the trailer below.