Earlier this year, Sony announced it was finally producing a sequel to 2011’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. However, neither Rooney Mara nor Daniel Craig as Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist were returning. Instead, the movie studio announced it was conducting “a global search” to find a new Lisbeth.
The search is over. The Crown standout Claire Foy has been tapped to play Lisbeth. It’s unexpected, but I’m all in with this casting. And so is director Fede Alvarez, who’s taking over directing duties from David Fincher who helmed the first film.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled about Claire taking the reins of the iconic Lisbeth Salander,” Fede Variety. “Claire is an incredible, rare talent who will inject a new and exciting life into Lisbeth. I can’t wait to bring this new story to a worldwide audience, with Claire Foy at its center.”
Instead of adapting The Girl Who Played with Fire or The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, the second and third book of Stieg Larsson’s original trilogy, the fourth book, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, is getting the big screen treatment. After Larsson passed away, David Lagercrantz wrote the novel to continue the franchise. The Girl in the Spider’s Web is set to arrive in theaters on October 19, 2018.
It’ll be interesting to see if Foy can earn an Oscar nomination for playing the character like Rooney did. Thoughts on Foy playing Lisbeth? Inspired casting or major faux pas? Weigh in below.