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. Instead, he's being replaced by Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason. But perhaps most importantly, the studio plans on recasting the leather-clad protagonist, replacing Rooney Mara with Claire Foy, the actress 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. Fede Alvarez has also said the film will dive deeper into Lisbeth's background, a dark and disturbing story that we'll get to see on November 9, 2018.