Girl In The Spider’s Web Director On Why He Changed The Cast From David Fincher’s Film

If you hadn’t originally been following the production of the upcoming Girl in the Spider’s Web film, you may have been a little more than shocked when you watched the trailer a couple months back and noticed that a woman who wasn’t Rooney Mara was playing the role of Lisbeth Salander. More specifically, it was being played by The Crown‘s Claire Foy. This may have come as a shock, as Mara was nominated for an Oscar for her part in David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

For The Girl in the Spider’s Web, there would inevitably be change. This is the first book in the franchise not written by author Stieg Larsson to be adapted, and the fourth book in overall the series, meaning some real time has passed between that first book and fourth. But that isn’t the only reason director Fede Álvarez opted to recast the core duo of Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, and it had everything to do with servicing his own vision and making it his own:

“There was a lot of debate — but not with me — mostly debate among the studio, if they [were] taking that route or not. Eventually, I think it was me coming in, saying, I preferred to have my own cast. As a director, I just didn’t like the idea of taking someone else’s cast. As much as I admired Fincher as a filmmaker I think Rooney Mara is Fincher’s Lisbeth, right? And I wanted to find my own.”

He also found his own Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist who befriends the socially inept hacker. In Fincher’s film, he was portrayed by Daniel Craig, but in this movie, he’s played by Sverrir Gudnason.

If you want to check out a photo featuring the two, CLICK HERE. What do you think of the image and Álvarez’s justification for recasting? Personally, I would have sucked it up and used the old cast, since they were so amazing, but I guess I’m not nearly directorial enough to have my own vision.

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