The Girl In The Spi­der’s Web to un­tan­gle Sa­lan­der’s life


The lat­est cin­e­matic in­stal­ment of the smash hit Mil­len­nium se­ries will re­veal more de­tails about mys­te­ri­ous hacker heroine, Lis­beth Sa­lan­der, and delve into her past, di­rec­tor Fede Al­varez said.

Film­ing for the The Girl In The Spi­der’s Web is un­der­way in Swe­den with Bri­tish ac­tress Claire Foy cast as the young tat­tooed Sa­lan­der, an in­tro­vert who en­dures a com­plex re­la­tion­ship with jour­nal­ist Mikael Blomkvist (Sver­rir Gud­na­son).

“What I re­ally wanted to do was to send her into a place of her life and in this case to her past to con­front things that will hope­fully re­veal a bit more about who she truly is,” the Uruguayan di­rec­tor be­hind Evil Dead and Don’t Breathe said. “When you think you know, when you think you have fig­ured her out, she does some­thing that changes ev­ery­thing you thought you knew. That’s what’s fun about her.”

The film, set for a Novem­ber re­lease, is based on the book by new au­thor David Lager­crantz who took the se­ries on af­ter the death of Stieg Lars­son, the au­thor of the orig­i­nal best-sell­ing tril­ogy.

Lager­crantz’s se­quel, re­leased in 2016, fea­tures spies from the US Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency and Sa­lan­der’s long-miss­ing twin sis­ter Camilla, who has taken over their fa­ther’s crim­i­nal net­work.

The role of Sa­lan­der was pre­vi­ously por­trayed by Amer­i­can Rooney Mara in the 2011 The Girl With The Dragon Tat­too. Foy, who won crit­i­cal ac­claim for her role as Britain’s Queen El­iz­a­beth in the Net­flix se­ries The Crown, said she was ex­cited to play the dark char­ac­ter along­side Gud­na­son, who re­places Daniel Craig.

“I think in­side she knows who she is but the out­side have al­ways seen her as a vic­tim,” said Golden Globe win­ner Foy.

“Peo­ple have been tak­ing ad­van­tage of that and I think she’s just a sur­vivor and non-judge­men­tal and just … I love her.”

Fede Al­varez, left, Claire Foy and Sver­rir Gud­na­son.

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