One of the most compelling actors from Mindhunter, a series that basically doubles as a seminar on how to be compelling, is Cameron Britton. The actor inhabited the role of real-life serial killer Edmund Kemper in the first season of David Fincher’s stellar Netflix series, transforming a brutal murderer into a fascinating and eerily charming guy. And now Britton will bring those considerable talents to another realm that Fincher knows quite well: The upcoming sequel to his remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Claire Foy could be making the transition from Queen Elizabeth to Mean Lisbeth — the star of the acclaimed Netflix series The Crown is reportedly in talks to take on the role of vengeful hacker Lisbeth Salander in Sony’s upcoming Girl With the Dragon Tattoo reboot / sequel. But Rooney Mara’s extra-dedicated portrayal of the punky protagonist (and David Fincher’s artful remake) is a tough act to follow.
Everyone has that a special movie (or two) from their childhood that they feel protective of — a film so formative and beloved that even the slightest hint of “remake” elicits a drastic eyebrow-raise. For me, it’s Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, a beautiful and wildly imaginative film filled with great music, performances and wonderful Henson puppetry that also happened to introduce me to my first crush: David Bowie. (I was five. It was significant.) And although revisiting that world with a new director could be fun under the right circumstances, I reserve the right to remain skeptical.
It’s been six years since David Fincher brought us his adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Since then rumors have surfaced about recasting Rooney Mara‘s Lisbeth Salander, sales have skyrocketed for the Stieg Larsson book series, and last fall we got word that Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez was in talks to join the sequel. Today brings news that the long-awaited sequel is officially happening.
David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, adapted from Stieg Larsson’s novel of the same name, was supposed to become the next big franchise for adults, a hard-R-rated series dealing with adult topics and issues. The movie was fantastic, but didn’t do as well as the studio thought it should have, so any plans for a sequel have remained whispers until now. Screenwriter Steven Knight has confirmed that he is indeed working on a script for The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which will be a sequel, of sorts, to Dragon Tattoo, and Fede Alvarez, the director of this year’s Don’t Breathe who was being courted to direct, will helm the project.