Fans of the Millennium series of novels, originally created by Stieg Larsson though continued by David Lagercrantz in his 2015 book, might be slightly confused by The Girl in the Spider’s Web. The fifth film to be created for vigilante Lisbeth Salander, Spider’s Web introduces a new actress in the infamous part (The Crown’s Claire Foy), though it has no real connectivity to David Fincher’s take on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (as that starred Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in the signature leads).
When CinemaBlend ventured to Berlin to visit the set of Fede Alvarez’s upcoming adaptation of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, we asked the director about his take on the material (there will be a greater emphasis on Lisbeth over Mikael Blomkvist in this movie), and how he planned to juggle the books that precede his story — possibly even filling in a few character gaps about the elusive Lisbeth Salander. Alvarez explained to us:
There’s something refreshing about entering into a franchise midstream, especially with a fresh set of ideas behind the camera (in Fede Alvarez) and a new Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) preparing to administer justice for the wronged. While Alvarez and his team are able to focus on the events of the fourth book in the series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web can also pick and choose themes and moods from the previous three books that he feels either were underserved by the previous film adaptations, or that better help him form his unique spin on Lisbeth.
We learned a lot while on the Berlin set of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, and will be bringing it to you in stages as we get closer to the release date. The movie, which co-stars Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks, Lakeith Stanfield and Vicky Krieps will be in theaters on November 9, and we will prep you for that release with several more stories to come. Lisbeth Salander is back. Say a prayer she isn’t coming for you.