Ever since word hit that David Fincher was going to remake The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first part of Stieg Larsson's popular Swedish series, The Millennium Trilogy, the media world has been buzzing about who would replace Noomi Rapace as the unstoppable, tough, and cool Lisbeth Salander. The rumor mill never rested, throwing around names like Carey Mulligan, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Watson, and Ellen Page, and word has it that Salander hopefuls had to attend costumed readings for the part. Fincher looked far and wide to find his perfect Salander, and it looks like he's finally found her.

The winning actress is none other than twenty-five-year-old actress Rooney Mara, from recent films Youth in Revolt and A Nightmare on Elm Street, plus the upcoming The Social Network.

Sony has announced that Mara will star as Lisbeth Salander, alongside Daniel Craig's Mikael Blomkvist, in the adaptation, which will begin production next month in Sweden before hitting theaters on December 21, 2011. Though other big-name young stars have reportedly circled the part, it's not a huge surprise that Mara was chosen -- her name has been in the ring for a while now.

As Salander, she'll be a tough and punky computer hacker with a low tolerance for male misogyny and violence against women, who teams up with Blomkvist to solve a strange series of murders that seem to be linked to one heiress' disappearance decades earlier.

Rapace wowed audiences with her performance, and these are huge shoes for Mara to fill. Think she can do it? Share your thoughts below.