Sony Pictures has formally announced the casting choice for Lisbeth Salander, the heroine from the novel “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” ($5 on Amazon). The studio has tapped Claire Foy to portray the lead in the upcoming film adaptation, which will be a new installment of Sony Pictures‘ Millennium franchise. The film is based on the worldwide literary phenomenon originated by Stieg Larsson and continued by David Lagercrantz. The film will commence production in January in Berlin and Stockholm, and the film will be released on October 19, 2018.
The film will team Foy and director Fede Alvarez, who recently took the thriller “Don’t Breathe” to over $150M at the worldwide box-office, and revived the “Evil Dead” franchise.
Alvarez said, “I couldn’t be more thrilled about Claire taking the reins of the iconic Lisbeth Salander. 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.”
Foy is nominated for an Emmy at this weekend’s 69th Primetime Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in the hit Netflix series “The Crown,” from Sony Pictures Television. Foy previously won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for the role. Foy also recently starred in “Wolf Hall” as Anne Boleyn. She just completed Steven Soderbergh’s experimental film, Unsane, and will begin work this month opposite Ryan Gosling on “First Man” for director Damien Chazelle.
The screenplay is by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu, based on the global bestseller written by David Lagercrantz. Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon will join Scott Rudin and Yellow Bird in producing the franchise’s new film.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web will be the first in the best-selling series to be produced into an English-language film in its initial adaptation. 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. It became a global hit for Columbia Pictures, taking in over $230M worldwide.
The studio continues its development of the next book in the Millennium series, “The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye,” which was released this week ($15 on Amazon). Sony’s Columbia Pictures retains the rights to all future Millennium Series books.
The Millennium Series is a worldwide bestseller, with the four books selling over 86 million copies since their debut.