The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo franchise is getting a refresh, with a new set of actors confirmed for the 2018 follow-up, The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
In September it was announced that Claire Foy will take on the role of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, a part originally played by Noomi Rapace in the 2009 Swedish film, which saw her star opposite the late Michael Nyqvist (Mikael Blomkvist). In 2011, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig stepped in for the English-language version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
And it’s just been revealed that Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason will replace Craig, reports Variety, joining Foy in the next installment of the series.
Gudnason is probably best known for playing Swedish tennis pro Björn Borg in this year’s Borg vs. McEnroe, starring opposite Shia LaBeouf:
You may also recognize him from Swedish TV series Wallander as police officer Pontus (2009-2010). Apologies, there are no subtitles in the below clip, but you get the gist, and it’s a chance to see him in action:
Gudnason’s filmography goes back to 1996, with his first screen role listed as the Swedish miniseries Sexton. The Girl in the Spider’s Web is one of his biggest castings to date.
The 2018 film picks up after the adaptations of the three novels — The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Plays with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest — which make up author Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium crime trilogy. Larsson passed away in 2004 before any of his work was published and adapted for the big screen.
To the delight (and also trepidation) of Dragon Tattoo fans, author David Lagercrantz has picked up the story of Salander and Blomkvist with The Girl in the Spider’s Web. This is his first novel for the series, which was published back in 2015.
All three of the original books were adapted for the screen in Sweden, starring Rapace and Nyqvist for the entire trilogy, but in the U.S. the film treatment stopped with the first novel. We are now fast-forwarding to the fourth installment, with director Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe) replacing David Fincher (Gone Girl), who worked with Mara and Craig on the 2011 film.
There hasn’t been a lot of talk about why Craig and Mara are not returning, but it has been six years since their portrayals and the delay may have something to do with it.
Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Taboo) has written the screenplay for The Girl in the Spider’s Web, with production beginning this coming January.
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