Everybody’s talking about Rooney Mara and her upcoming role as that chick with the tattoo that looks like a dragon. But well before Ms. Mara brought Lisbeth Salander to life, a fetching actress by the name of Noomi Rapace made the character her own in the original Swedish adaptations of the Millenium trilogy. Rapace, who is also Swedish, wasted no time in parlaying that success into some pretty big gets as far as movies are concerned. This Christmas, she’ll match wits with Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and has already wrapped on Ridley Scott’s mysterious
Alien prequel, Prometheus. Rapace’s greatest role however, comes this month, when she stars as our brand new cover girl. Believe it. Rapace is lending her feline features to our annual New Regime issue, which is where we do what we do best: Tell you who will be shaping, bending, and defining culture in the year to come (and the years after that, we hope). This year’s portfolio of overachievers includes everyone from The Descendants break-out Shailene Woodley, to Montreal songstress Grimes, to Bushwick-based performance artist Xavier Cha. If you don’t know their names yet, that’s kind of the point. You will. Check out the issue, on newsstands now, and check back to Bbook.com for full coverage.