Seven years on from David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist are back with two fresh faces taking on the roles. Fincher abandoned his plans to make the other two books in Stieg Larsson’s trilogy, and Sony eventually opted for a reboot of sorts.Bypassing Stieg Larsson’s remaining two books, Sony picked up the rights to David Lagercrantz’s continuation book The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Don’t Breathe and Evil Dead director Fede Álvarez was tasked to helm the new movie with The Crown’s Claire Foy replacing Rooney Mara as Lisbeth, and Sverrir Gudnason stepping into Daniel Craig’s shows as Blomkvist.
Having played The Queen for two years, Foy is taking on some challenging and wildly different roles. Her knockout performance in Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane was Oscar-worthy, and a world away from the corridors of Windsor Castle. The Girl in the Spider’s Web is an even further departure. Speaking to Collider, Foy had this to say about taking on such a complex character.
“I think the most amazing thing about Lisbeth Salander is that she doesn’t have any special powers, you know. She’s sort of an underdog, she has been an underdog her entire life. And the only power that she really has is that she’ll never give up, and she’ll fight to the bitter, bitter end. She’s sort of the most human person I’ve ever played, really, for that reason.
Co-written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and also starring LaKeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks, and Stephen Merchant. The Girl in the Spider’s Web arrives in UK cinemas on November 9.
Lisbeth Salander, the cult figure and title character of the acclaimed Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson, will return to the screen in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a first-time adaptation of the recent global bestseller. Golden Globe winner Claire Foy, the star of “The Crown,” will play the outcast vigilante defender under the direction of Fede Alvarez, the director of 2016’s breakout thriller Don’t Breathe; the screenplay adaptation is by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu.