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Today in Not Good Ideas: Claire Foy Rumoured Favourite for Lisbeth Salander Reboot

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Industry | May 16, 2017 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Industry | May 16, 2017 |

Reboots, remakes and re-imaginings are the law of the Hollywood land, so the prospect of an English language reboot of Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander books was hardly the shock of the century. Sadly, David Fincher’s take on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo didn’t set the box office alight, so Rooney Mara’s dreams of completing the series were dashed. Still, it’s too big a property not to mine for profit, and Sony could use a few familiar names on their roster, so Fede Alvarez, the director of Don’t Breathe and the surprisingly decent reboot of Evil Dead, has been brought on board to kick-start the series afresh.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a.k.a. the one Stieg Larsson didn’t write, is being adapted with eyes for a late 2018 release. Like the Fincher film, the Lisbeth casting is being billed as a big effing deal, a chance for a potentially unknown actress to dive deep into a fascinating character that will require an extensive change to their appearance (for her time in the role, Mara got several piercings, bleached her eyebrows and dyed and chopped off her hair, all in one day). In an industry where the majority of the juicy roles still go to white dudes named Chris, it’s a rare opportunity for a woman to sink her teeth into a meaty leading role.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the studio are in early talks with Claire Foy, most recently seen in Netflix’s The Crown.

Foy is an undeniable talent, as anyone who has seen Wolf Hall or The Crown can testify, but she just seems all wrong for this: Too refined and classically trained for a character of such abrasiveness. Then again, she seems more realistic a choice than Sony’s other alleged favourite, Felicity Jones, and half the fun with Lisbeth is in seeing the actress go through that transformation. Still, if I may, I would like to make a suggestion for the role.

Just saying, Zoe Kravitz would rock Lisbeth Salander.

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Kayleigh is a features writer for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter or listen to her podcast, The Hollywood Read.