AceShowbiz - Claire Foy has signed a contract to headline the long-awaited sequel to "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". The British actress who plays Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix's series "The Crown" is officially announced to play Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming movie.
The female hacker was originally played by Noomi Rapace in three Swedish-language movies adapted from Stieg Larsson's three novels. The character was later portrayed by Rooney Mara in a 2011 English feature film directed by David Fincher. The role earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
It's unclear whether or not Daniel Craig who played Mikael Blomkvist in the 2011 film will return to the sequel. The new film is reportedly based on the fourth book which was written by David Lagercrantz. It was published in 2015 and became the first book in the series not penned by Larsson. The original author passed away in 2004.
"The Girl in the Spider's Web" is scheduled to come out in the United States on October 19, 2018. Production is expected to kick off early next year in Berlin and Stockholm. It is directed by Fede Alvarez who got a lot of praise for his 2016 horror film "Don't Breathe".
"I couldn't be more thrilled about Claire taking the reins of the iconic Lisbeth Salander," the director said. "Claire is an incredible, rare talent who will inject a new and exciting life into Lisbeth. I can't wait to bring this new story to a worldwide audience, with Claire Foy at its center."
Claire Foy was lauded for her role as British monarch on "The Crown". She won Best Actress in a TV Series Drama at the Golden Globe Awards and took home Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role at the SAG Awards. She is also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
The actress was last seen on the big screen in 2015 in comedy drama "The Lady in the Van". Her new projects include a true-story pic "Breathe" directed by Andy Serkis. She shares screen with Andrew Garfield. She is also signed on for Steven Soderbergh's horror film "Unsane".