The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series has had a bit of a bumpy ride over on this side of the pond. Though the trilogy was a huge hit overseas when it was adapted for the big screen, it didn’t find the same success back in 2011 when David Fincher remade it.
As you surely know by now, the movie under-performed at the box office and the follow-up (at that time thought to be The Girl Who Played with Fire) spiralled down into development hell. Further problems behind the scenes with the various filmmakers and producers complicated the process even more and all hope seemed to be lost for a sequel.
Fast-forward to several months ago, when we learned that Sony had scrapped Played With Fire and instead chose to reboot the property, with director Fede Alvarez in charge and the fourth installment in the book series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, acting as the source material. Set to hit theatres in 2018, Claire Foy was recently chosen to play the role of Lisbeth Salander, replacing Rooney Mara, who brought the character to life in Fincher’s film.
Now, don’t get us wrong, Foy is a wonderful actress, but a lot of people were hoping for Mara to return, as she did a pretty great job in the 2011 movie. It turns out that she was bummed about not being asked back, too, as she recently opened up about it while chatting with Cinema Blend.
“I was hopeful to come back, but they decided to do a different thing. It was always a character I wanted to revisit; but that’s not what happened,” said Mara.
Despite her desire to play Lisbeth Salander again, the actress also realizes that it would have been a very different experience, as she said the following:
Nothing would have matched that [initial] experience. Different director, different author of the book. I would have loved to have done it, but I think it probably would have been a letdown in a way. It never would have matched the experience I already had.
The Girl In The Spider’s Web is currently set for a release on October 19th, 2018, and to date, only Foy has been cast. But tell us, if it was up to you, would you have brought Rooney Mara back for more, or are you happy to see that Sony’s found someone new to bring Lisbeth to life? Take to the comments section and let us know!
Source: Cinema Blend