Lisbeth Salander returns in The Girl in the Spider’s Web — including an entirely new cast.
Lisbeth Salander is officially back — but she won’t be played by Rooney Mara.
Sony has announced that Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe) is set to direct The Girl in the Spider’s Web, an adaptation of the fourth novel in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. It’s been six years since David Fincher directed the English-language Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which starred Mara as the tattooed hacker and Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist.
Neither Mara nor Craig are returning for The Spider’s Web, and instead, filmmakers are launching “a global search” for someone to play the new Lisbeth. EW has confirmed that some of the names being considered include Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Alicia Vikander.
The Spider’s Web is based on David Lagercrantz’s novel of the same name, which continued the adventures of Salander after Larsson died in 2004. Larsson’s original trilogy was first adapted into three Swedish-language films, starring Noomi Rapace. Fincher directed the 2011 English-language version, which brought in more than $232 million at the global box office and earned Mara an Oscar nomination. He’s returning as an executive producer of The Spider’s Web.
Alvarez co-wrote the Spider’s Web screenplay with Steven Knight and Jay Basu, and his hiring comes after the success of his 2016 horror flick Don’t Breathe, which earned more than $157 million worldwide on an under-$10 million budget.
“I’m hugely excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Alvarez said in a statement. “Sony has become family to me and I can’t think of a more thrilling project to celebrate our relationship. Lisbeth Salander is the kind of character any director dreams of bringing to life. We’ve got a great script and now comes the most fun part — finding our Lisbeth.”
After Fincher’s 2011 film, there was talk of adapting the next two Larsson novels — The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest — for an American audience, but those never got off the ground. Still, Sony is retaining the rights to all future books in the series, and Lagercrantz will soon be releasing the fifth Millennium book.
“In all of contemporary literature, Lisbeth Salander is completely sui generis — probably one of the greatest female literary characters of all time in my view,” Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch said in a statement. “Modern punk defiance personified, she is unforgettable in every incarnation, truly one of the most compelling characters we’ve seen in recent years.”
Principal photography will begin in September, and The Girl in the Spider’s Web is slated to hit theaters on Oct. 5, 2018. BuzzFeed first broke the news.