Claire’s Crowning glory as she lands £3m Dragon Tattoo role
SHE is hot favorite to scoop the top award at tonight’s ‘TV Oscars’ for her brilliant portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in The Crown.
And now Claire Foy is set to earn her biggest pay day yet – a reported £3 million – to star as Lisbeth Salander in the sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Foy, 33, beat dozens of other hopefuls to win the coveted role in the £85 million production of The Girl In The Spider’s Web, which is due to start filming in Berlin in January.
The movie is based on a fourth book, written by David Lagercrantz following the death of original author Stieg Larsson, who created the character.
American actress Rooney Mara, 32, starred alongside Daniel Craig in the 2011 Hollywood adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
The next two books in the series – The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest – were due to be filmed but difficulties with the script delayed the projects. The plan now is to ‘reboot’ the series by filming the fourth book as a sequel before possibly returning to previous books. Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, 37, previously starred in Swedish versions of the original trilogy.
A top Hollywood producer said last night: ‘This was the role every young actress in Hollywood was after. Claire is a star very much on the rise after The Crown and everyone expects her to become a major force in Hollywood.’
The actress is leading a British charge in tonight’s Emmy awards in Los Angeles.
Other British favorites in the running to win Emmys – considered the ‘Oscars of television’ – include 13-yearold Millie Bobby Brown from Bournemouth, who plays enigmatic Eleven in the hit Netflix sci-fi show Stranger Things, and James Corden for best talk show.
The Crown has bagged 13 nominations, while Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes is vying for the best actor award against Welsh-born actor Matthew Rhys for his role in the hit spy drama The Americans.
Anthony Hopkins and Thandie Newton are both nominated for Westworld and Hugh Laurie is favourite as a guest actor in a comedy for Veep.
LIZ TO LISBETH: Mara as Lisbeth and Foy as the Queen