Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series, which began with the popular book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has a pretty great history in the zeitgeist of pop culture. From those initial three books, we got three Swedish films and one American film in the form of the David Fincher-directed Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Given the great quality of that film, you wouldn’t be blamed for assuming we’d be getting a sequel to that dark thriller.
Sadly, reality is a cold-hearted mistress, and despite the rave reviews to that entry, audiences didn’t really come out to see the film. Yet for years, many of us held out for a sequel. Given the stellar casting of Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, and the even more amazing casting of Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, it would have been a waste for that cast not to get utilized in any successive films, right?
Well that’s too bad if you did think that, as the studio is now going forward for a soft reboot of the franchise, jumping straight for the fourth book in the series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, to adapt. Helming the project is Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez, and he’d already made it clear that in order to make a film truly his own, he’d have to recast the franchise.
So who do we have on board to play the iconic Lisbeth Salander? Variety is reporting that The Crown star Claire Foy is currently the top choice to play the socially awkward hacker in the upcoming adaptation. However, there is one potential roadblock to making that happen: Foy is also meeting with La La Land director Damien Chazelle to potentially star in his next film, First Man.
This is an interesting choice. In the books, Lisbeth is describe as somewhat boyish in appearance, and Foy is very clearly not that. That being said, the same could be said of Rooney Mara, and she went on to get an Oscar nomination for her portrayal. Put her in the right outfit, and give her the right mannerisms, and there’s no predicting how this could all turn out. Given director Alvarez’s strong track record so far, if he feels she is the right person for the job, it’s probably best to trust him until proven wrong.
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