I’m not going to lie to you folks, I am a huge fan of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series and the adaptations that have been made starring both Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara. So, when the news hit my ears of a new entry starring Claire Foy (The Crown) as Lisbeth Salander, I was skeptical at best. Not only would we be getting a new actress, but the new entry would be The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the first book in the Millennium series not authored by Larrson (who tragically died of a heart attack in 2004). Foy is a wonderfully talented actress, but I wondered if she could deliver the edge necessary to bring our favorite hacker to life.
My fears have been put to rest after the release of the first trailer for The Girl in the Spider’s Web. In it, we see Foy’s Lisbeth up to her old ways, hurting the men who hurt women. We also get to see some of the steely resolve melt away from her eyes when she begins to see that she cannot run away from her past forever. The film’s official synopsis simply states that “Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cyber criminals and corrupt government officials”. The book has a bit more complex plot than that, which states that:
A genius hacker who has always been an outsider. A journalist with a penchant for danger. She is Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo. He is Mikael Blomkvist, crusading editor of Millennium. One night, Blomkvist receives a call from a source who claims to have been given information vital to the United States by a young female hacker. Blomkvist, always on the lookout for a story, reaches out to Salander for help. She, as usual, has plans of her own. Together they are drawn into a ruthless underworld of spies, cyber criminals, and government operatives—some willing to kill to protect their secrets.
The film is directed by the amazing Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe, Evil Dead) so you can be sure that it will be beautiful and it will not pull its punches when it comes to action and carnage. It is set to hit theaters November 9th, so there’s still plenty of time to hit your local bookstore and snag a copy of the book by David Lagercrantz!
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