Just this past weekend more set photos were revealed of Rooney Mara as the new Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in David Fincher’s remake, giving us a better look at the relatively unknown actress in one of the most sought-after female roles to come around in years.

We’ve seen quite a few photos of Mara in character, but today we get our first look at James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, as journalist Mikael Blomkvist, the other lead in Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

For those who are not familiar with the original Dragon Tattoo novel and film, Craig’s character, Blomkvist, is a journalist who teams up with a genius hacker named Lisbeth Salander to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl that occurred 40 years prior.

Mara has to change her appearance quite significantly to look like Salander, but as you’ll see from these new photos Craig doesn’t have to do much to look like Blomkvist. It doesn’t exactly hurt (or does it?) that Craig bears a passing resemblance to the Swedish actor, Michael Nyqvist, who portrayed Blomkvist in the Swedish version of Dragon Tattoo.

Check out the gallery of set photos below:

Both the novel and the film versions of Dragon Tattoo are thrilling and very complex, dealing with very touchy issues without pulling any punches, where similar stories might.

So when they announced the remake I was obviously very skeptical that they could do justice to the source material (sorry to be clichéd but Hollywood really does tend to dumb things down). However, my doubts were diminished when the great David Fincher signed on to direct and the more cast members that get announced the more faith I have in this particular remake.

All we need now is a great trailer and it should put to rest all worries for many doubtful fans.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo so far stars Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Robin Wright Penn, Joely Richardson and Steven Berkoff. It’s directed by David Fincher and written by Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List).

The film is scheduled for release in the U.S. on December 21st, 2011.

Source: BigPicturePhoto via The Daily Mail