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The Crown's Queen Elizabeth is rocking some dragon tats, y'all. Stieg Larsson's Millennium series, which features goth hacker-vigilante Lisbeth Salander, is getting the cinematic sequel to the first installment of the series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
The Girl in the Spider's Web — the film based on the fourth novel of Larrson's crime series — has Claire Foy taking up the mantle of the hacker-cum-PI Salander. Foy stormed screens as the Queen of England in the Netflix series The Crown, which received some incredible acclaim.
The Girl in the Spider's Web is set to release this October and has just released its first trailer.
The Millennium Series has had a number of adaptations over the years, from the Swedish film series starring Noomi Rapace and the Hollywood film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), featuring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig.
Foy replaces Mara as the cult figure Lisbeth Salander in the sequel to the 2011 film. The film will be directed by Fede Alvarez, who made the 2016 horror thriller Don't Breathe.
Alvarez also wrote the script for the movie, along with Steven Knight, who created the popular crime period drama Peaky Blinders. "With The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the girl (Lisbeth Salander) is really the central character. She’s the whole thing. It’s not really (Mikael) Blomkvist," Knight had told Collider recently.
The trailer has Salander punishing a domestic abuser in his own home by hanging him upside down and tasering him, as she makes way for his wife and child to leave.
This story follows Salander, who accidentally discovers that her twin sister and father’s criminal organisation are working with a government agency, the NSA. The film also stars Sverrir Gudnason in the role of investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist.
"I think the idea with Lisbeth Salander is that she keeps going. It's sort of like James Bond in the sense that she does keep going. You know it could be a complete disaster, and I'm not Rooney Mara, as much as I would like to be," Foy had told Nylon in an interview last year.
"In all of contemporary literature, Lisbeth Salander is completely sui generis – probably one of the greatest female literary characters of all time in my view. Modern punk defiance personified, she is unforgettable in every incarnation, truly one of the most compelling characters we've seen in recent years," says Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures.