Stieg Larsson’s new-style heroine, pierced punk Swedish hacker Lisbeth Salander, was the red carpet focus for Columbia and MGM’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” Dec. 14 preem at the Ziegfeld.

“Lisbeth is a character we’ve never seen before: Stieg Larsson invented her,” said screenwriter Steven Zaillian. “She’s a moral character, but one who takes care of things in her own way.”

Said co-star Daniel Craig: “The great thing about her is she’s somebody who’s been abused since she was a child and somehow comes out the other end and makes a success of herself. I think we can relate to that.”

Robin Wright noted: “She is not that quintessential feminist. She’s that quiet elusive strength with that sensitivity. She’s an animal, right? She’s invincible: really tough, but soft.”

Added Christopher Plummer: “She reminds me of the punks of the 1960s. We’ve come full circle.”

As for the actress who plays Lisbeth, Rooney Mara isn’t sure this is her a-star-is-born moment. “I don’t know,” she said. “I hope people like the movie and go see it.” n

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