Rooney Mara’s ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Transformation Has Begun

How does a gal go about turning herself into brooding-but-brilliant hacker Lisbeth Salander? Apparently, with no small amount of effort.

E! Online reports that Rooney Mara—currently seen on screens across the nation in the hit Internet drama The Social Network—is undergoing a radical transformation to prepare for playing Salander in the highly anticipated remake of the Swedish thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

As might be expected, Mara has chopped and dyed her hair for the role, but the alterations go beyond skin-deep: The 25-year-old actress has gotten several piercings for the role, and is engaging in “hours and hours of Pilates and Bar Method” workouts to winnow herself down to Salander’s slight figure, a source close to the production reports.

She’s also learning to ride a motorcycle for the part—a “custom bike built just for the film,” the source notes. No word on whether Mara will subject herself to the tattoo needle in an effort to fully embrace the part.

Sounds like she’s dedicated to the role—but will she be able to pull it off? Have your say in the comments section: Will Mara be able to match original Tattoo actress Noomi Rapace? Check out the Rapace in action in the trailer below if you need some help forming your opinion: