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Lisbeth Salander is officially gearing up for another silver screen adventure. After Noomi Rapace played the role in the Swedish take on the Millennium franchise, and Rooney Mara took the torch for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Claire Foy will don the role next year in The Girl in the Spider's Web under the direction of Don't Breathe's Fede Alvarez. There's quite a bit to get excited about with the upcoming addition to the series, and it looks like the project just got even more intriguing with the addition of Blade Runner 2049's Sylvia Hoeks.
Variety reports that Sylvia Hoeks has officially joined the cast of Fede Alvarez's The Girl in the Spider's Web. Best known for her recent role as Luv in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, the 34-year-old Dutch actress has become well-known among European audiences in recent years, but achieved mainstream recognition for her role as the Taylor Swift-inspired replicant villain earlier this month. The exact nature of Hoeks' character in The Girl in the Spider's Web has yet to be revealed, but coming off of Blade Runner, there's quite a bit of enthusiasm to see what she can do in her new role.
From what we have heard about the development of The Girl in the Spider's Web, it seems that the folks at Sony have wanted to get Sylvia Hoeks into a franchise for quite some time. Before her newly announced role in the upcoming sequel, she apparently stood as one of the frontrunners to portray the female lead in the Tom Hardy-led Venom solo movie before the part (which may or may not be Anne "She-Venom" Weying) eventually went to Michelle Williams. The Girl in the Spider's Web will debut only two weeks after Venom next year, so it seems reasonable to assume that Sony wanted to get her into a major franchise as soon as possible.
The Girl in the Spider's Web has arguably become one of the more exciting franchise entries in recent memory. Although the initial intention was for David Fincher, Daniel Craig, and Rooney Mara to return for the second installment in a planned trilogy of movies focusing on Lisbeth Salander, the somewhat disappointing reception to the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo _caused Sony to go back and retool the series. Coming up with a new game plan that involved casting _The Crown's Claire Foy as Ms. Salander (apparently to the chagrin of Rooney Mara), and jumping straight to the fourth book in the Millennium series.
CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to the development of The Girl in the Spider's Web as new details related to the project become available to us; the Millennium series sequel is expected to debut next year on October 19, 2018. Until then, you can catch Sylvia Hoeks in her breakout role as Luv in Blade Runner 2049, which is currently in theaters.