It's been over five years since David Fincher's English-language adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo hit theaters. Despite being right up there with Fincher's best work, the movie didn't make enough money to justify a sequel, and fans of the Millennium trilogy seemed doomed never to see the story continued.
Now, though, it's back on, sort of — Sony have greenlit The Girl In The Spider's Web, adapting the fourth book in the series, with director Fede Alvarez. The book was written by David Lagercrantz (as opposed to Stieg Larsson, who made notes for several books but only completed three by the time of his death in 2004), and continues the wildly eventful story of the master hacker Lisbeth Salander.
The stinger? Variety is reporting that Alvarez will recast both Salander and the journalist Mikael Blomkvist for #TheGirlInTheSpidersWeb, and Alvarez has confirmed the move via Twitter.
That sucks, considering Mara did such a good job of inhabiting Lisbeth in all of her grungy glory in Dragon Tattoo that she got an Oscar nomination. It's actually hard to imagine anyone else becoming Salander — Mara even said last year that she'd be up for reprising the role of a lifetime — but if there's a silver lining, it's that two other Oscar-nominated actors are in the running for the part.
Is Scarlett Johansson Or Natalie Portman Our Next Lisbeth?
According to Variety, two of the big contenders for a role which is likely to be majorly hot property are Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman.
Casting Johansson as an action heroine is a no-brainer, but is that necessarily a good thing? She's so ubiquitous in action roles, from Lucy to Ghost In The Shell's Major to the MCU's Black Widow, that it feels like a slightly uninspired move. Yeah, she's brilliant in all of those movies, but it almost feels too expected. Scar Jo was actually up for the role in 2008 when Fincher was casting, but in the end it went to Mara, and perhaps that happened for a reason.
Natalie Portman can be versatile — psychologically, she's always willing to go to dark places for a role — but she's quite a bit older than the character of Salander is in the books (she's 23 at the beginning of the series). Personally, I think somebody like Kristen Stewart, Riley Keough or Mr. Robot's Carly Chaikin could do Lisbeth justice.
They're just two names on the list, of course, so there's a high chance somebody else entirely will end up bleaching their eyebrows and embodying Lisbeth's unique techno-punk aesthetic, alongside a recast Blomkvist who also has big shoes to step into. Here's hoping Alvarez's movie is up to the job.
We'll keep you updated as more casting news rolls in. Expect it soon — The Girl In The Spider's Web hits theaters October 5, 2018.
Will you give The Girl In The Spider's Web a chance, or is this one Lisbeth Salander too many?