The Girl in the Spider's Web (film)

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The Girl in the Spider's Web
The Girl in the Spider's Web poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFede Álvarez
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onThe Girl in the Spider's Web
by David Lagercrantz
Characters by
Stieg Larsson
Music byRoque Baños
CinematographyPedro Luque
Edited byTatiana S. Riegel
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing[1]
Release date
  • October 24, 2018 (2018-10-24) (Rome)
  • October 26, 2018 (2018-10-26) (Sweden)
  • November 9, 2018 (2018-11-09) (United States)
Running time
115 minutes[3]
Budget$43 million[5]
Box office$16.3 million[6]

The Girl in the Spider's Web is a 2018 crime thriller film directed by Fede Álvarez and written by Steven Knight, Álvarez and Jay Basu, based on the novel of the same name by David Lagercrantz, which in turn is based on characters in the book series by Stieg Larsson. The film, a soft-reboot with different actors, is a sequel to David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the second installment in the American-produced Millennium film series. It stars Claire Foy, taking over the role of Lisbeth Salander from Rooney Mara, and follows Salander as she tries to rescue and exact vengeance for battered women. Sverrir Gudnason, LaKeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks, and Stephen Merchant also appear in the film.

The Girl in the Spider's Web premiered at the Rome Film Festival on October 24, 2018, and was released by Sony Pictures Releasing in Sweden on October 26, 2018 and in the United States on November 9, 2018. The film received mixed reviews from critics, although Foy's performance was praised.[7]



  • Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker who has survived severe emotional and sexual abuse.
    • Beau Gadsdon as Young Lisbeth Salander
  • Sverrir Gudnason as Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist for Millennium and lover/partner of Lisbeth.
  • LaKeith Stanfield as Edwin Needham, a National Security Agency (NSA) security expert who is tracking Salander.
  • Sylvia Hoeks as Camilla Salander, Lisbeth's estranged sister, who is the head of a major crime syndicate.
    • Carlotta von Falkenhayn as Young Camilla Salander
  • Stephen Merchant as Frans Balder, a terminated employee of the NSA who developed a program called Firefall, which accesses the world’s nuclear codes. He requests Salander’s help in destroying his program, which he believes to be too powerful for any player.
  • Vicky Krieps as Erika Berger, the publisher of Millennium.
  • Claes Bang as Jan Holtser, Camilla's accomplice.
  • Christopher Convery as August Balder, Frans’ son.
  • Synnøve Macody Lund as Gabriella Grane, the deputy director of the Swedish Secret Service (SÄPO).
  • Cameron Britton as Plague, a close associate of Lisbeth — a computer expert to whom she reaches out when she needs assistance.
  • Andreja Pejić as Maria, Lisbeth's lover/partner.
  • Mikael Persbrandt as Alexander Zalachenko, father to Lisbeth and Camilla Salander.
  • Volker Bruch


In November 2015, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Sony Pictures Entertainment was planning to develop a new film series of the Millennium series, starting from the book The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz.[8] Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, who portrayed Salander and Blomkvist, respectively, in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, would not be back for the film. New actors would be cast, and David Fincher would also not return as director.[8] Steven Knight was announced to be in talks to adapt the novel, while the producers would be Scott Rudin, Amy Pascal, and Elizabeth Cantillon, along with Yellow Bird's Berna Levin, Søren Stærmose, and Ole Sondberg.[8] TheWrap reported that Alicia Vikander was being considered for the role of Salander.[9] However, while promoting Carol, Mara stated that she was still signed for the sequel: "As far as I know I'm doing it until someone tells me otherwise".[10]

In November 2016, Variety reported that Sony was in negotiations with Fede Álvarez to direct the film, with Eli Bush as an additional producer.[11] In March 2017, it was announced that the film would feature an entirely new cast, with production set to begin in September 2017.[12] In May 2017, it was reported that Claire Foy was the frontrunner to play Salander, and, in September 2017, Foy was officially cast in the film.[13][14] Sylvia Hoeks joined the cast in October 2017.[15] The rest of the cast was announced over the next five months.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

Principal photography began in January 2018 in Berlin,[16][23] and ended in April 2018, in Stockholm.[24][25]


The Girl in the Spider's Web was released in the United States on November 9, 2018 by Sony.[21] It was originally scheduled for October 5, 2018, but was moved in March 2017.[12] The first trailer was released on June 7, 2018.[26] The film premiered at the Rome Film Festival on October 24, 2018.[27]


Box office[edit]

As of November 11, 2018, The Girl in the Spider's Web has grossed $8 million in the United States and Canada, and $8.3 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $16.3 million, against a production budget of $43 million.[6]

In the United States and Canada, The Girl in the Spider's Web was released alongside The Grinch and Overlord, and was projected to gross $10–15 million from 2,929 theaters in its opening weekend.[28] It made $3 million on its first day, including $635,000 from Thursday night previews. It went on to debut to $8 million, down from the $12.8 million opening of the first film and finishing fifth at the box office.[29]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 44% based on 122 reviews, and an average rating of 5.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Girl in the Spider's Web distills the action elements of its source material for a less complex – yet still reasonably effective – franchise reboot."[30] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 44 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[31] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it a 75% positive score.[29]


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