The status of a sequel to David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had been left up in the air for years. The film — made for an estimated $90 million — earned $232.6 million worldwide, which is considered ‘not good enough’ in Hollywoodland, therefore Sony left sequel plans on the shelf to collect dust.
Heads were turned last year however, when out of nowhere it was announced that a follow-up is indeed on its way. And not only that, but filling in for Fincher (who famously butted heads with Sony to let him cast Rooney Mara) is Fede Alvarez. The man only has two features under his belt, so it was a bit of a shock that such a newbie would take over for one of America’s most renowned directors. And in case that wasn’t enough, it was also clarified that the film wouldn’t even be an adaptation of book two or even three, but the fourth book The Girl in the Spider’s Web. And if THAT still wasn’t enough to quake your Earth, the WHOLE DAMN CAST has been replaced as well. Lord, have mercy and hand me a drink. (As you can see, I’m still recovering from this).
It’s already been announced that The Crown‘s Claire Foy will be filling Mara’s shoes as Lisbeth Salander, and taking over for Daniel Craig will be Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason as journalist Mikael Blomkvist. But the casting news keeps coming as the film gears up for production. Joining Foy and Gudnason will be Get Out‘s Lakeith Stanfield in the role of “an NSA security expert that is tracking Lisbeth”.
The book’s synopsis is as follows:
Late one night, Mikael Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker — a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Lisbeth Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it…
Stanfield has been proving himself to be a promising young actor, catching our attention with Get Out, and FX’s Emmy-winning Atlanta. Even if I may never forgive the devil responsible for replacing Mara, we at least have Stanfield to nurse that wound.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web is scheduled for theatrical release on October 19, 2018.