Sony announced earlier this year that 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 respectively were returning. After a global search, Claire Foy (The Crown) snagged the role of Lisbeth and now we have her leading man.
Sverrir Gudnason has been tapped to play the crusading journalist who teams up with Lisbeth. The 39-year-old Swedish actor of Icelandic origin is a veteran actor in his homeland but relatively unknown to American audiences. Not for much longer though. With this role and starring opposite Shia LaBeouf as Bjorn Borg in the tennis drama Borg/McEnroe, he’s quickly making a name on this side of the Atlantic.
Joining Foy and Gudnason in the sequel are Sylvia Hoeks as Salander’s twin sister, and Claes Bang as the villain. Fede Alvarez is taking over directing duties from David Fincher who helmed the first film.
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.
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