The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Rooney Mara looks elegant UK premiere

From moody to magical: Rooney Mara is a far cry from her dark on-screen heroine as she attends The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo UK premiere in an elegant white dress
By Georgina Littlejohn

She plays a dark and disturbed young girl who wears black, is covered in tattoos and piercings and is extremely introverted.

But Rooney Mara couldn't have looked any more different to her on-screen heroine as she arrived at the UK premiere for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo tonight.

Mara, who plays the moody computer-hacker Lisbeth Salander, looked elegant and beautiful as she dazzled on the red carpet outside the Odeon Leicester Square in London.
Ice queen: Rooney Mara looked very festive in her long lace and chiffon white dress as she arrived at the UK premiere of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Mara, 26, stopped for the cameras as she showed off her long white dress made from lace and chiffon and which clung to her slender frame perfectly.

Her dark hair was swept back into an elegant bun at the back of her head and she patiently stood for the flashbulbs as an assistant fussed around below her, spreading out the fishtail bottom of her dress.
Partners-in-crime: Mara was joined by her co-star Daniel Craig,
who plays journalist Mikael Blomkvist

The young actress was joined by her co-star Daniel Craig, who plays journalist Mikael Blomkvist, and looked smart and sexy in his black suit, although he barely managed to raise a smile throughout the evening.

But unlike his on-screen sidekick, who was exposed to the cold London night, Craig, 43, kept warm in a thick black leather jacket as he posed for pictures with Mara.
Sisters: Joely, who wore a strange scaly dress, and Geraldine James, play on-screen siblings and were at the screening

Other stars of the film attended, including Stellen Skarsgard, who arrived with his wife Megan, Joely Richardson, Geraldine James and Steven Berkoff.

Stellen, 60, plays businessman and murderer Martin Vanger, Joely plays Anita Vanger while James plays her sister Cecilia who has an affair with Blomkvist, while Berkoff plays lawyer Dirch Frode.
The crew: Craig, Mara and Skarsgard posed inside the cinema with director David Fincher (far right) and writer Steven Zaillian (far left)

Yorick Van Wageninge, who plays Salander's rapist guardian Nils Bjurman, was also there along with director David Fincher and screenwriter Steven Zaillian.

The film is a remake of the 2009 Swedish adaptation of the award-winning, critically acclaimed Millennium books trilogy.

The original starred Michael Nyqvist, who plays Blomkvist, and Noomi Rapace, as Salander, and was made into a trilogy and all three films were released within nine months.
Happy couples: A very pregnant Sam Taylor-Wood came along with fiancé Aaron Johnson while last year's X Factor winner Matt Cardle attended with girlfriend Sarah Robinson
West End Girls: Made In Chelsea stars Francesca Hull and Gabrielle Ellis put on their finest for the red carpet event

The film also stars Christopher Plummer as Henrik Vanger, Robin Wright as Erika Berger and Goran Visnjic as Armansky, but none of them were at the screening.

In keeping with the novel, the original is quite a dark and violent film and Fincher said he wasn't planning the softly-softly Hollywood approach for his version, which has been rated 18 in the UK and R in the US.

It is released in the US on December 21 and in the UK on Boxing Day.