Fresh off her memorable turn in Blade Runner 2049, Sylvia Hoeks has joined the cast of The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead (2013), Don’t Breath) will direct the upcoming thriller.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is an adaptation of the fourth novel in the “Millennium Trilogy,” Stieg Larsson’s massively popular book series, which began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and was followed by The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. All three novels got Swedish film adaptations starring Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander. In the single American adaptation of the first novel, Ronney Mara stepped into the role of the titular hacker.


So how can there be a fourth novel in a “trilogy?” Larson passed away in 2004, before his novels became the international phenomenon they are today. David Lagercrantz has since stepped in to author further installments in the series. The Girl in the Spider’s Web is the first novel not written by Larson, while continuing the adventures of the characters he created.

The things that set The Girl in the Spider’s Web apart from Larson’s novels seem to have justified a reboot of sorts in Sony’s mind. Instead of bringing back the leads from their 2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation, (Mara and Daniel Craig, respectively) , they’re starting fresh with an all new cast. Hoeks will be joining The Crown’s Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander.

No official details of Hoeks character have been provided, but Variety reports she will be playing Salander’s “evil twin” in the film. Considering the Dutch actress’ breakout role in Blade Runner 2049 was as a standout villain, there’s certainly a good chance she’ll be facing off against Larson’s heroes in her new role.

Here’s the synopsis of the film:

Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is set to be released on October 19, 2018.