Claire’s Crown­ing glory as she lands £3m Dragon Tat­too role

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - From Caro­line Gra­ham IN LOS AN­GE­LES

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 £3mil­lion – 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 £85mil­lion 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 LIZ TO LIS­BETH: Mara as Lis­beth and Foy as the Queen 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.

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