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
Teaser poster
Directed by Fede Álvarez
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on The Girl in the Spider's Web
by David Lagercrantz
Characters by
Stieg Larsson
Music by Roque Baños
Cinematography Pedro Luque
Edited by Tatiana S. Riegel
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing[1]
Release date
  • October 26, 2018 (2018-10-26) (Sweden)
  • November 9, 2018 (2018-11-09) (United States)
Running time
117 minutes[2]
  • United States
  • Sweden
Language English
Budget $43 million[3]

The Girl in the Spider's Web is an upcoming 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. 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. It is scheduled to be released by Sony Pictures Releasing in Sweden on October 26, 2018, and in the United States on November 9, 2018.


Computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cyber criminals and corrupt government officials.



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.[4] 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.[4] 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.[4] TheWrap reported that Alicia Vikander was being considered for the role of Salander.[5] 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".[6]

In November 2016, Variety reported that Sony was in negotiations with Fede Álvarez to direct the film, with Eli Bush as an additional producer.[7] In March 2017, it was announced that the film would feature an entirely new cast, with production set to begin in September 2017.[8] 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.[9][10] Sylvia Hoeks joined the cast in October 2017.[11] The rest of the cast was announced over the next five months.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18]

Principal photography began in January 2018 in Berlin,[12][19] and ended in April 2018, in Stockholm.[20][21]


The Girl in the Spider's Web is scheduled to be released on November 9, 2018 by Sony.[17] It was originally scheduled for October 5, 2018.[8] The first trailer was released on June 7, 2018.[22]

Box office projections[edit]

In the United States and Canada, The Girl in the Spider's Web will be released alongside The Grinch and Overlord, and is projected to gross around $11 million in its opening weekend.[23]


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  2. ^ "The Girl in the Spider's Web". Regal Entertainment Group. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  3. ^ Peele, Anna (October 17, 2018). "New 'Girl': Claire Foy Opens Up on Politics, Fears and Her Dark Journey From The Queen to Lisbeth Salander". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Siegel, Tatiana; Kit, Borys (November 4, 2015). "'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Follow-up in Works With Steven Knight in Talks to Adapt (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff (November 4, 2015). "Alicia Vikander Early Favorite to Replace Rooney Mara in 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Sequel (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
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  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (May 15, 2017). "'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Sequel: 'The Crown's' Claire Foy Frontrunner for Lisbeth Salander". Variety. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
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  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 20, 2017). "Blade Runner Breakout Sylvia Hoeks Joins Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Sequel". Variety. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  12. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (November 17, 2017). "Dragon Tattoo Sequel Taps The Square Star Claes Bang as Villain". Variety. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 29, 2017). "Mindhunter's Cameron Britton Joins Dragon Tattoo Sequel". Variety. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 6, 2017). "Dragon Tattoo Sequel Casts Borg/McEnroe Star in Daniel Craig's Previous Role". Variety. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  15. ^ "'Get Out' Actor Lakeith Stanfield Joins 'Girl in the Spider's Web'".
  16. ^ Vlessing, Etan (February 6, 2018). "Stephen Merchant Joins 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel 'Girl in the Spider's Web'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  17. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (February 8, 2018). "'Phantom Thread' Star Vicky Krieps Joins 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  18. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (March 14, 2018). "Sope Aluko Cast In 'Venom'; Andreja Pejić Joins 'The Girl In The Spider's Web'; James Trevena-Brown In 'Charlie Says'".
  19. ^ "Claire Foy wins her second SAG Award for The Crown". The New Indian Express. January 22, 2018. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  20. ^ "THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB – Stockholm Photo Call". April 14, 2018. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  21. ^ Flint, Hanna (April 16, 2018). "Claire Foy reveals Lisbeth Salander hair transformation as 'The Girl in the Spider's Web' wraps". Yahoo!. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  22. ^ ‘The Girl In The Spider’s Web’ Trailer: First Look At Claire Foy’s Lisbeth Salander Of The Stieg Larsson Series
  23. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 18, 2018). "Illumination-Universal's 'The Grinch' To Steal $50M+ Opening – Early B.O. Forecast". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved October 18, 2018.

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