Actress Rooney Mara goes through a stunning transformation to play her next role as Lisbeth Salander, the nihilistic, goth, avenging angel, in a remake of Swedish cult classic “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.”

She’ll have big shoes to fill. Swedish actress Noomi Rapace defined the role in three Swedish Dragon films, which were based on the crime series “Millennium Trilogy” by late author and journalist Stieg Larsson.

The new version’s three central characters are Daniel Craig as investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist, Robin Wright as magazine editor Erika Berger and Christopher Plummer as businessman and nemisis Henrik Vanger.

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Salander is a wealthy, antisocial, but extremely intelligent woman, with a photographic memory.

She is skilled at computers and the Internet and works as a private investigator and researcher, with a specialty in tracking down people.

Among its dark themes, the books explore sexual violence, corporate corruption and latent Nazism in Swedish society.
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Mara25, 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.

But she showed she has the look down in a series of photographs in latest issue of fashion title W magazine.

She’s dressed in character posing on a motorcycle in dark eye make up, with jet black hair in a short choppy cut. She’s wearing a white vest top with her leather trousers pulled down below her butt.

A tattoo artist busily works on her hip.

In addition to dye job and haircut, Mara said she had her eyebrows bleached, her lip, brow, nose, and nipple pierced, and four piercings in her ears.

‘I didn’t even have pierced ears,” she tells the magazine. “They put four holes in each ear, and, weirdly, that hurt the most.”

Although she was one of five actresses considered for the role, she caught the eye of director David Fincher.

“I wanted her from the beginning,” he tells the magazine. “She’s level headed and hard working.”

The move is set for release in December.

The February issue of W magazine hits stands on Jan. 25. Check it out a Wmagazine.