Alvarez Talks Recasting Lisbeth Salander

Earlier this week came word that Sony was moving forward with its “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” sequel “The Girl In The Spider’s Web” which would also serve as something of a reboot for the series.

At the time of the announcement it was revealed that Fede Alvarez, coming off good acclaim for “Don’t Breathe,” would helm the project which would boast an entirely new cast – including someone else taking on the iconic role of Lisbeth Salander.

Rooney Mara and Noomi Rapace previously took on the role in previous film adaptations, and when asked on Twitter why he’s not simply returning to one of them he responded:

“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.”

The response has understandably raised eyebrows as it seems like not much of a justification, especially as there’s plenty of speculation he’ll cast his good luck charm – actress Jane Levy – in the role. Both Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman’s names have also been suggested in trade reports.

The more likely scenario though is one of economics. Fincher’s ‘Dragon Tattoo’ famously cost a whopping $90 million, a far cry from the Swedish-language film which was not massively different in production value but cost a far more economic $13 million.

With the new film, based on David Lagercrantz’s 2015 novel of the same name which is the fourth novel in the series, Sony is aiming to produce something that’s less grungy prestige picture and more cost-effective potential franchise launcher.

Steven Knight and Alvarez and Jay Basu penned the script for the new entry which aims to go into production in September ahead of an October 2018 release.