Alicia Vikander May Be Your Next ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ In Sony’s Reboot
After David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake you were likely expecting an adaptation of the sequel to Stieg Larsson’s book, The Girl Who Played with Fire. While it doesn’t look like Sony will be playing with fire any time soon, they do have a new Lisbeth Salander in mind.
Since Fincher, as well the stars of his 2011 thriller, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, aren’t expected to return to the franchise, the studio is looking to reboot the whole thing. And now, according to The Wrap, Sony’s got their eyes on 2015 It Girl, Alicia Vikander. You’re either celebrating at that news, or wondering, “Alicia what?”
First things first, what movie and what book are we talking about here? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has now made book No. 4 a priority to bring to the big screen instead of book No. 2, The Girl Who Played with Fire. The latest book that came out earlier this year, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, is the fourth novel in the Millennium series, but was written by David Lagercrantz after Larsson died in 2004. Sony has allegedly tapped Burnt writer Steven Knight to adapt the book with Scott Rudin, Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon on board to produce, and they plan to follow it up with Spider’s Web.
Now Vikander. If you’ve been paying attention to movies this year you’ll recognize the Swedish actress' name, who’s been in everything from Ex Machina to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to the upcoming The Danish Girl to a million other films. She’s incredibly talented and a smart choice to bring a new face to Larsson series. The fourth book follows hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist working together again to uncover secrets surrounding cybercriminals and spies. It remains to be seen how exactly the studio manages to hop around in the book series and tie the stories together, but a reboot seems like a smart call when a total recast is essential. There’s no word yet on who’s in talks to reboot Craig’s Blomkvist, but might I suggest a Colin Farrell or Jason Isaacs type? Who knows, but I’m in for Vikander.