When you’re adapting The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, do you really need movie stars? Aren’t people there to see the characters, not necessarily the actors? That must be Sony’s line of thinking, as the studio has just cast Borg/McEnroe star Sverrir Gudnason as Mikael Blomquist in The Girl In the Spider’s Web, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Gudnason is a little-known Norwegian actor who inherits the role of Blomquist from Daniel Craig, who starred opposite Rooney Mara in David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. While that 2011 film performed well ($232 million worldwide), it was so expensive that it made it difficult for Sony to greenlight a sequel with the same cast, so with Fincher gone, the studio just decided to start from scratch.
While moviegoers may not be too familiar with Claire Foy (The Crown), Sylvia Hoeks (Blade Runner 2049), Claes Bang (The Square) and Cameron Britton (Mindhunter), all of them are strong up-and-coming actors, and their relatively low profiles compared to Mara and Craig — coupled with lower expectations — could actually wind up benefitting the film, which is already in good hands with director Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe).
Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon are producing the new Lisbeth Salander film with Scott Rudin and Yellow Bird, and the script was written by Steven Knight, Jay Basu and Alvarez, based on the bestselling book by David Lagercrantz, who took over the series from the late Dragon Tattoo author Stieg Larsson. Production will begin in January in Berlin and Stockholm, and Sony will unveil The Girl In the Spider’s Web on Oct. 19, 2018.
Gudnason played Björn Borg opposite Shia LaBeouf in Borg/McEnroe, which just played several fall film festivals and will be released in the U.S. next year by NEON. The rising star is represented by Tavistock Wood Management (expect Hollywood agencies to pounce soon), and his casting was first reported by Variety.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief