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Claire Foy confirmed as new Lisbeth Salander

September 21st, 2017 by Dave Bowling Comments

After a mere six years, it looks like Sony are finally getting their collective arses in gear to do a follow-up to David Fincher’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo adaptation.

The prospect of a sequel has been floating round for ages. Fincher initially wanted to shoot adaptations of the other two parts of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy back-to-back, but this never happened. Now, with director Fede Alvarez aboard, Sony has announced the choice to replace Rooney Mara as protagonist Lisbeth Salander.

Claire Foy, best known for her roles as Adora Belle Dearhart in Sky 1’s adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal and Elizabeth II in Netflix’s The Crown, is stepping into the role. Rather than adapt the next book in the series by Larsson, Sony is committed to adapting David Lagercrantz’s novel The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Published in 2015 after Lagercrantz was given free reign by the late Larsson’s estate, the book has received somewhat muted praise compared to the original three novels.

Foy was reportedly in talks for the role back in May, and Sony confirm that she has signed on. Alvarez is aiming to start shooting in January in Berlin and Stockholm. Alvarez has said about the casting:

I couldn’t be more thrilled about Claire taking the reins of the iconic Lisbeth Salander. 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 centre.

Sony has announced a release date for October 2018, meaning that with a January start-date this is still likely to be a very rushed shoot. Foy is an excellent choice though. Hopefully they can pull it off.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is slated for release on 19 October 2018.

Source: Empire

Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...