Lisbeth Salander is set to continue her adventures in Hollywood, but not in The Girl Who Played With Fire (the second book in Stieg Larsson’s Millenium series). Instead, Sony has opted for book number four, The Girl In The Spider’s Web, controversially written by David Lagercrantz.
The Hollywood Reporter says that ongoing talks are at an early stage between Sony and screenwriter Steven Knight, but that the new film will have a much lower budget than its Hollywood predecessor. Therefore it is not expected to feature Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, who previously played Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist, and director David Fincher will not return. According to website The Wrap, Sony are keen to cast Swedish star Alicia Vikander in the role of Lisbeth Salander.
However, it is not inconceivable that there may one day be Hollywood versions of Stieg Larsson’s other two books, because Steven Zaillian has already produced a script for The Girl Who Played With Fire. Sony allegedly paid a record sum for that script, but the current plan is to push ahead with The Girl In The Spider’s Web first.