Before David Fincher came along, Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy had already been adapted into a successful Swedish film franchise starring Noomi Rapace. Of course, Hollywood also wanted to take a crack at the bestselling series, so in 2011, Rooney Mara morphed into Lisbeth Salander, complete with multiple piercings. The actress teamed up with Daniel Craig, and together, the two impressed critics with their performances in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Unfortunately, the film didn't earn enough to impress studio executives, and while Sony spent a bit of time working on The Girl Who Played with Fire, the sequel never made it to the screen. However, in March 2017—two years after announcing they'd started developing the project—the studio started moving again on The Girl in the Spider's Web, a Lisbeth Salander novel written by David Lagercrantz, the guy who took over the series after Larsson's untimely death.
However, Larsson isn't the only big name no longer associated with the series. The new film is going to be helmed by Fede Alvarez, the brains behind Don't Breathe and the 2013 Evil Dead reboot. And Craig isn't reprising his role as journalist Mikael Blomkvist, either, as the actor allegedly wanted a raise for any sequels, and Sony wants to keep the budget down. But perhaps most importantly, the studio plans on recasting the leather-clad protagonist, and while there were rumors of perhaps Natalie Portman or Scarlett Johansson getting the gig, the part ultimately went to Claire Foy, best known for playing Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix series The Crown.
And yeah, watching her play Lisbeth is going to be a little bit different than watching her play Elizabeth.
So what's the storyline? Well, assuming it sticks close to the book, Salander and Blomkvist will find themselves involved in a crazy plot that involves missing artificial intelligence, an autistic kid who's witnessed a murder, a group of crooks known as the Spider Society, and everybody from the NSA to the Russian mob. We also know that Lakeith Stanfield of Short Term 12, Get Out, and Death Note is set to star, possibly as an NSA agent hunting down Salander. It certainly sounds like Alvarez will have his work cut out finding time for all these characters, but nevertheless, the man sounds pretty excited, saying, "Lisbeth Salander is the kind of character any director dreams of bringing to life."