Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman on List to Play Lisbeth Salander in THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB
Yesterday we learned that Sony Pictures is finally moving forward on the sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which is called The Girl in the Spider's Web. Evil Dead and Don't Breathe director Fede Alvarez is set to replace David Fincher in the director's chair, and the whole cast of the film is also going to be replaced, so Rooney Mara will not be back in the role as Lisbeth Salander.
Today we have the names of two actresses that are said to be in the running for the role and they are Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman. Judging by those names, the studio is looking to cast a big A-list star in the role. Both of these actresses are great and each has the acting chops to pull it off, but it would still be a little weird seeing either one in the role. Both Noomi Rapace and Mara were great in the role, and they each played the character perfectly in their own way.
If I had to choose between Johansson and Portman, though, I would have to go with Portman because she is the better actress. Johansson was in the running for the character in the first film, but Fincher ended up going with Mara, so she might have the edge. I'm sure there are other actresses in the running, so there's a chance that the role could go to someone completely different. Yesterday I suggested that Jane Levy might be in the running because Alvarez has worked with her in both his films.
Fincher is a producer on the film, which has a script that is being written by Alvarez, Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Peaky Blinders) and Jay Basu (Metal Gear Solid).
A genius hacker who has always been an outsider. A journalist with a penchant for danger. She is Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo. He is Mikael Blomkvist, crusading editor of Millennium. One night, Blomkvist receives a call from a source who claims to have been given information vital to the United States by a young female hacker. Blomkvist, always on the lookout for a story, reaches out to Salander for help. She, as usual, has plans of her own. Together they are drawn into a ruthless underworld of spies, cybercriminals, and government operatives—some willing to kill to protect their secrets.
Who would you want to see in the role of Lisbeth Salander?