‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel Going Ahead without Rooney Mara

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The character of Lisbeth Salander is heading back to the big screen.

Sony has announced that The Girl in the Spider’s Web, an adaptation of the 2015 best-selling novel written by David Lagercrantz, is scheduled for US release on October 5, 2018.

The studio has opted to recast the character of Salander, who was played by Rooney Mara in David Fincher’s 2011 adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Noomi Rapace broke out playing the character in the Swedish adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s first three books in the Millennium book series. Larsson passed away in 2004.

Attached to direct the film is Fede Alavarez, who impressed with his 2013 remake Evil Dead and who delivered a big hit with last year’s Don’t Breathe.

“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.”

Added Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures: “Fede Alvarez is the perfect choice to direct. Fede is an amazing director with a unique vision of the world. In particular, his talent and skill in creating psychological intensity will bring Lisbeth Salander back into popular movie culture with a roar.”

Alvarez will also be co-writing the script alongside Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Peaky Blinders, Locke) and Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent).

Regarding which actress could fill the role; looks like Alicia Vikander passed and both Natalie Portman & Scarlett Johansson are among those being considered. Variety reporter Justin Kroll has been providing some updates:

Principal photography on The Girl in the Spider’s Web will kick off in September of this year. Stay tuned for who gets cast as the new Salander.

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