Were you confused when you found out producers Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin were planning to make a sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo without David Fincher, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig? Well, it turns out Rooney Mara was too.
According to the initial reports, Pascal and Rudin plan to develop the final book in Stieg Larsson's Millennium series, The Girl In The Spider's Web, (which was actually written by David Lagercrantz) for the big screen without any of the onscreen talent from Fincher's English language version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Furthermore, rumors suggested Ex Machina's Alicia Vikander could be taking over in the role of Lisbeth Salander.
However, new reports from EW suggest Craig and Mara could actually both end up returning to the franchise, with Mara stating, "As far as I know I'm doing it until someone tells me otherwise. And then I still might do it!"
The issue appears to be that the sequel is still so early in production that no-one is entirely sure if Mara and Craig will be able to return. I can imagine Pascal and Rudin would ideally like to see them come back, but until names are signed on contracts, we'll probably have to wait for confirmation. Currently there is still no final script for The Girl In The Spider's Web, while the budget is also still being arranged. According to EW, the production is looking for a budget in the range of $60 million, which is around $40 million less than Dragon Tattoo.
Once all these important elements have been arranged, I can expect Craig and Mara's agents will be the first people to get a telephone call. Whether they accept roles on a small budgeted sequel is another question entirely.