The Girl In The Spider's Web Has Cast Daniel Craig's Replacement

Sverrir Gudnason

The follow up to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is on the way, but it's going to need a whole new cast, and now they've found somebody to replace Daniel Craig in his key role. Craig had previously played the role of Mikael Blomquist in the English language version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but when The Girl in the Spider's Web debuts that part will reportedly be played by Borg/McEnroe's Sverrir Gudnason.

Sverrir Gudnason has mostly been making films in his native Sweden since beginning his career in the late 1990s. However, he recently came onto the scene in America playing tennis great Bjorn Borg opposite Shia Lebeouf in the tennis drama Borg/McEnroe. According to Variety, Gudnason will star opposite Claire Foy in the other major role for The Girl in the Spider's Web, that of Lisbeth Salander. Foy takes over her role from Rooney Mara.

David Fincher's Hollywood version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was one of those movies that was reasonably successful, but not enough so to automatically greenlight a sequel. The follow-ups languished in development hell, always as a possibility, but never really moving forward. That changed recently when the decision was made to jump forward and base the next film on the first book not written by original author Stieg Larsson. In addition to not filming versions of Larsson's other books, it was decided to recast the characters. As such, the new film seems to be acting as a reboot as much as it is a sequel. Rooney Mara has gone on record to say she's disappointed she wasn't asked back to reprise her role as Lisbeth Salander. It's unlikely Daniel Craig feels the same way.

The Girl in the Spider's Web is being directed by Fede Alvarez who recently helmed the impressive Don't Breathe as well as the remake of The Evil Dead. The sequel is set for release in October of 2018 which means the movie is probably looking to head into production soon. Now that they've cast that missing key role, we'd expect to see this one go before the cameras soon.

While Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy was incredibly popular around the time of the last movie, that heat has certainly cooled over the years. It will be interesting to see if audiences are still interested in the adventures of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomquist. It's possible that enough time has passed that fans are ready to be excited again, it's also possible that people have sort of forgotten about this particular series.

The Girl in the Spider's Web will hit screens October 5, 2018. Check out everything we know about the new movie in order to stay up to date.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.