While the Millennium Series novels may only be about 15 years old, there has already been two iconic interpretations of Lisbeth Salander. The first was actress Noomi Rapace in the Swedish version of the film trilogy, and the second was Rooney Mara in the David Fincher-directed English language Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film. While both interpretations were different in look and feel, both were accurate to the character in the novel in their own way.
Actress Claire Foy will be following in their footsteps in this year’s Fede Álvarez-directed franchise sequel/reboot, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. This film will be based on the fourth film in the series, and be sort of a clean slate for the franchise, which I expect will move forward into the fifth novel, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, which hit bookshelves recently.
Those who’ve read those first three books know that they really worked hard to develop her as a character…so what other growth is in store for the character this time around? Speaking with Yahoo!, Foy said:
“In the first three books, you’re getting her life story, and how she frees herself from the shackles of being a ward of the state. The fourth book is a different story, in a way. It’s the same character, but you’re not joining a Lisbeth who is still dealing with that part of her life. The story we tell, especially in the beginning of the film, is ‘What does she do now? What’s her purpose?’ I’m excited for people to see it; we’re not trying to make it like anything else [in the series], but we’re also not trying to make it wildly different. We’re just trying to be truthful to the story.”
And what about her whole goth look? Can we expect her to look like the other two did?
“It’s quite a pared-down look. The costume we’ve found for Lisbeth isn’t the same as what any of the other actresses have worn, but it feels very like-minded. Her [thinking] now is, ‘I want to make sure that I’m wearing it — it’s not wearing me.’ I love the tattoos, because I got to help decide what I was having and where they were.”
Pared-down, huh? Admittedly, I don’t really understand what that means? Will she be taking away some of the piercings, or will they be working to get her to look more normal in nature? After all she’s been through, it makes sense that she may start to outgrow certain aspects of her fashion.
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