After Sony broke the news that a reboot/sequel to 2011's Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was in the works, fans were disheartened to hear that The Girl In The Spider's Web will not be helmed by David Fincher, and won't star Rooney Mara as antisocial hacker Lisbeth Salander. In fact, this reboot will be directed by Don't Breathe director Fede Alvarez, and feature a whole new cast — so no Daniel Craig either.
The hunt is now on to find the perfect Lisbeth to follow the previous incarnations of the character — first played by actress Noomi Rapace in the Swedish #Millennium mini-series in 2009, and then by Mara in the 2011 Fincher US movie remake. Mara famously took her method acting to the next level, acquiring a few piercings before filming began to get herself into the mindset and style of the character, so it's a shame she isn't on board to star in the reboot, even though she was previously open to the idea.
Based on the bestselling books by Stieg Larsson, Lisbeth is a modern literary icon, and casting her well is important — Alvarez agrees:
A few A-list names have already been banded around, but who else has the chops to take on such a juicy role? Here are eight actresses who could be considered for the part of Lisbeth in Alvarez's adaption of The Girl In The Spider's Web:
1. Natalie Portman
Coming off the back of Oscar nominated #Jackie, Natalie Portman could channel a grown-up punk incarnation of her character in 1994's Léon: The Professional. She is one of actresses already being considered for the part, and is no stranger to making extreme changes to her look for a role, as demonstrated in 2005's V For Vendetta.
2. Scarlett Johansson
According to David Fincher, Johansson gave a great audition when the role was being cast in 2011, but he worried that audiences would find her "too distracting." Whether or not Alvarez feels the same remains to be seen, but despite her popularity in The Avengers, her early work in movies like Ghost World and Lost In Translation provide a good grounding into the complexities of the character.
3. Alicia Vikander
The breakout star of 2015 is currently off filming the rebooted #TombRaider series, which should be done by the time #TheGirlInTheSpidersWeb goes into production. Alicia Vikander has played complex roles in the past, but nothing as gritty as a traumatized Swedish punk hacker. This could be a step in a brave, new direction for Vikander.
4. Tatiana Maslany
With Orphan Black coming to an end, I'm sure there will be a few casting directors trying to get a hold of Tatiana Maslany. The range of characters she plays on the BBC America show gives her one of the most elaborate show reels in television history, so if anyone can don the guise of an unconventional antihero, it's her.
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5. Jane Levy
Another name being banded around by news outlets is Jane Levy, who starred in Alvarez's #DontBreathe, as well as #Netflix original I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore and comedy series Suburgatory. As a rising star, she would follow in the footsteps of Mara and Rapace, who both earned critical acclaim with their versions of the character. She also already has a working relationship with Alvarez.
6. Kristen Stewart
K-Stew is not everyone's cup of tea, but when it comes to Lisbeth's antisocial, troubled characterization, Stewart totally fits the bill — and also looks the part, after her recent radical haircut. Having shown off her acting chops in many, many movies over the last couple of years, I reckon she'd put her unique acting style to good use in this role.
7. Léa Seydoux
The doe-eyed actress shot to fame with roles in Blue is the Warmest Colour and Spectre, but her moody French presence would add a new dimension to Lisbeth. Having said this, Lisbeth's identity and story is very much wrapped up with Sweden, so maybe a French accent would be stretching the source material a little too far.
8. Kate Mara
Why not keep it in the family? Kate Mara could follow in her sister's footsteps and make the role her own — she's a great actress, and isn't adverse to playing semi-unhinged characters.
It's worth pointing out that The Girl In The Spider's Web is not a sequel to the The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo — that's The Girl Who Played with Fire. In fact, it's a continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series, written in 2015 by David Lagercrantz. As far as casting goes, I hope they don't go for the A-list, because #LisbethSalander such a perfect role for a lesser-known actress looking to cut her teeth with some gritty material. The movie is expected to his theaters in October 2018.