'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the most highly anticipated film since 'Harry Potter. W Magazine has an exclusive interview with director David Fincher featuring an intimate look at the making of the film and bringing the best-selling book's dynamic characters to life on screen.

Fincher picked actress Rooney Mara for the coveted starring role of Lisbeth Salander, the story's complicated heroine. The character of Salander is described as an adrogynous, bisexual computer hacker with multiple piercings and- you guessed it- a prominent dragon tattoo on her back.

Fincher is an extremely hands-on director, involved in everything from the adjustment of fake blood on set to the physical transformation of Mara into the disturbed character she plays, which included dying her long brown hair black and cutting it jaggedly short.

The 48-year old director's work on 'The Social Network' brought his career to new heights, though he was quick to move with his longtime girlfriend to Stockholm to get started right away on 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.'