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David Fincher's take on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came out only four years ago, but that's not stopping Sony from starting fresh.

The Wrap has revealed that the studio is planning on revisiting Lisbeth Salander and her penchant for hacking herself into trouble with some majorly unexpected changes. For starters, they are not moving onto the next book of the series, The Girl Who Played with Fire, or even remaking the original.

Sony plans to adapt The Girl in the Spider's Web, the fourth book in the series which was actually written by David Lagercrantz and not by creator Stieg Larsson. And that's not the only surprise.

Rooney Mara is out as Lisbeth

Rumor has it that Alicia Vikander, who's been turning heads this year in Ex Machina and The Danish Girl, is the number one choice to play the complicated heroine.

With Rooney Mara's imminent replacement, director David Fincher and co-star Daniel Craig will most likely not return, meaning this will truly be a franchise starting from scratch.

Though everything is still very much up in the air, it seems like an awfully strange direction for Sony to take. For viewers who haven't seen the Swedish movies, they are skipping two crucial pieces of the puzzle and starting on a controversial book that purists refused to read (since it was written after Larsson's death and, obviously, not by him).

Apparently, the plan is to have The Girl Who Played with Fire follow this upcoming sequel, so who knows what's going to happen with this franchise if even the chronology isn't reliable.

I'm all for more movies from Larsson's Millenium series—I truly think that Lisbeth is one of the most intriguing characters ever written—but I loved Rooney in the role as well as Fincher's approach to the story. It'll be hard to say goodbye to them, but I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how this plays out.

(Source: The Wrap)


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