So thank God we’re going to officially get more stories about Lisbeth on the big screen.
Rooney Mara won an Oscar nomination in 2012 for her portrayal of Lisbeth but Sony have confirmed that they are on a global search for a new actress to take on the iconic character in The Girl In The Spider’s Web, the fourth book in the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson.
‘In all of contemporary literature, Lisbeth Salander is completely sui generis – probably one of the greatest female literary characters of all time in my view,’ said Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures.
‘Modern punk defiance personified, she is unforgettable in every incarnation, truly one of the most compelling characters we’ve seen in recent years.’
The Girl In The Spider’s Web will be directed by horror director Fede Alvarez, the director of 2016’s breakout thriller Don’t Breathe, and the screenplay will be written by Alvarez, Steven Knight and Jay Basu. It will be adapted from David Lagercrantz’s novel; Lagercrantz took over the series when Larsson passed away in 2004.
It is set for release on October 5, 2018 – going up against DC Comics’ Aquaman.
lvarez added: ‘I’m hugely excited and grateful for this opportunity. Sony has become family to me and I can’t think of a more thrilling project to celebrate our relationship. Lisbeth Salander is the kind of character any director dreams of bringing to life. We’ve got a great script and now comes the most fun part – finding our Lisbeth.’
The Girl In The Spider’s Web will be the first in the best-selling series to debut as an English-language movie adaptation; the previous books in the series have all been adapted into Swedish-language films, starring Noomi Rapace.
Rooney Mara’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a remake of the Swedish film; it became a global hit for Columbia Pictures taking over £12 million at the UK box office.