At the launch of the latest book in the Millennium series at the London Book Fair, Milleniun V by David Lagercrantz, Sony announced that principal photography for The Girl in the Spider’s Web is set for September, with a theatrical release slated for October 5th 2018.
Although two Hollywood sequels were originally planned for the 2011 adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, they have been dropped in favour of a lower budget David Lagercrantz sequel directed by Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe).
In the book, Blomkvist is contacted by renowned scientist Professor Balder whose life is in danger. Balder wants Millennium to publish his story, but more interesting to Blomkvist than Balder’s advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with Lisbeth Salander.
The new film will feature a new cast, including the role of Lisbeth Salander which was played by Noomi Rapace in the original Swedish trilogy and Rooney Mara in David Fincher’s Hollywood remake.
Alvarez said in a statement: “I’m hugely excited and grateful for this opportunity… 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.”
In defence of the decision to recast, Alvarez has since tweeted: “It’s said that 50% of the director’s work is casting. If I’d just take Fincher’s (amazing) casting, I wouldn’t be doing half of my job.”