The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will get its big screen follow-up – but not with The Girl Who Played With Fire, the second book in Stieg Larsson’s original trilogy.
Instead Sony, who own the rights to the Salander series, will focus on the fourth book, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, written by David Lagercrantz after Larsson’s death in 2004 and released earlier this year.
Neither Rooney Mara, who won a best actress Oscar nomination for her appearance in Dragon Tattoo, nor Daniel Craig will star in the film, which Sony sees as an opportunity to start the franchise over, according to The Wrap. They report that Alicia Vikander (Testament of Youth, Ex Machina) is being lined up to play the computer hacker, with director David Fincher unlikely to return. The script will be written by Steven Knight, best known for his work on Dirty Pretty Things and Peaky Blinders.
Spider’s Web became an international bestseller after it was published in September, despite initial criticisms from Larsson’s longtime partner Eva Gabrielsson. It follows superhacker Salander as she again teams up with investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist to battle spies and cybercriminals.