Rooney Mara scores lead in adaptations of Larsson trilogy

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American actress Rooney Mara has scored a casting coup and will play the lead in three Hollywood adaptations of Stieg Larsson's wildly popular "The Millennium Trilogy."

Mara, 24, hails from New York state and will play Lisbeth Salander opposite Briton Daniel Craig, 42, of James Bond fame.

The US actress has worked with director David Fincher in the past on "The Social Network." In the end, the actress who also appeared in a "Nightmare on Elm Street" film reportedly beat out a raft of top young actresses interested in the plum role.

The first film, "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," will film in Sweden and the United States and is due out in 2011.

Published in 44 countries, the cult Larsson crime tales have sold more than 40 million copies, Sony says.

A Swedish film adaptation of Larsson's work has already been done; Dane Niels Arden Oplev directed the first installment and Swede Daniel Alfredson the other two.

Larsson died in 2004 aged 50 before the books became a global hit.

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