Why The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Sequel Is Recasting, According To The Director

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After about four years of waiting, the next Hollywood-made Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie is finally getting its act together, but with some very notable changes from the David Fincher version. Specifically, it's been reported that the new film, The Girl In The Spider's Web, will not see the return of stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig. Given the popularity of these actors, this approach has been questioned - but now director Fede Alvarez has explained the choice, and it's all about his ownership of the material.

The filmmaker - whose credits include 2013's Evil Dead and last year's Don't Breathe - was recently asked on Twitter about the lack of Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in The Girl In The Spider's Web, and he explained it succinctly: he believes in the importance of casting, and wouldn't be able to do his entire job unless he brought in his own stars to play hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Alvarez wrote,

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It's a stance that weirdly makes one look at Fede Alvarez's Evil Dead differently in retrospect. That was his first time taking on a franchise title, and that too involved bringing together an entirely new cast (excluding the crazy quick Bruce Campbell cameo at the end of the credits). Given that The Girl In The Spider's Web will see the return of notable characters, it is a bit of a different situation, but together the two projects do provide insight to the filmmaker's philosophy and interests. For example, we can probably guess that he won't be taking the helm of a Marvel or DC sequel any time soon.

This provides an answer why the production of The Girl In The Spider's Web is going with a new pair of stars, but still the much larger question looms: who will be the new actors to take on Lisbeth and Mikael? (roles not only previously taken on by Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, but also Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist) With a release date set for October 5, 2018, we may be getting that answer sooner rather than later.

Do you think Fede Alvarez is right to recast Lisbeth and Mikael, or would you have preferred to see the return of Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig? Who do you think should take on the parts next? Hit the comments section below with your thoughts!

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