AceShowbiz - "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" sequel has found its male lead. According to a new Variety report, "Borg/McEnroe" star Sverrir Gudnason has been tapped to play the role of Mikael Blomquist in the upcoming sequel, titled "The Girl in the Spider's Web". Daniel Craig" ("Spectre", "Skyfall") played the role in the first movie opposite Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.
Swedish actor Gudnason, who played tennis legend Bjorn Borg in the recently-released biographical film "Borg/McEnroe" opposite Shia LaBeouf, is joining the cast that already has "The Crown" star Claire Foy taking on Mara's previous role. "Blade Runner 2049" actress Sylvia Hoeks has been set to play Salander's twin sister, while "The Square" star Claes Bang will take on a villainous role.
"The Girl in the Spider's Web" is based on the fourth book in the "Millennium" novel series originated by Stieg Larsson and continued by David Lagercrantz. Sony reportedly has decided to fast-track the project, eying a January production start in Berlin and Stockholm. The film is scheduled to arrive in theaters across the nation on October 19, 2018.
Serving behind the lens will be Fede Alvarez ("Don't Breathe"), who is also on board to co-write the screenplay with Steven Knight ("Taboo") and Jay Basu ("Monsters: Dark Continent"). Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon will join Scott Rudin and Yellow Bird in producing the next film of the franchise.
"The Girl in the Spider's Web" will be the first in the best-selling series to be adapted into an English-language film. The previous books in the series have been adapted into Swedish-language films, and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was a remake of the Swedish film. Released in 2011, the David Fincher-directed film became a global hit for Columbia Pictures, grossing over $230 million worldwide against its budget of $90 million.