No one would mistake the Lisbeth Salander movies for upbeat, crowd-pleasing rays of sunshine. This isn't Pixar, it's Stieg Larsson, and the world created by the bestselling author. Even the films adapted from this dark corner of the literary world have a coat of bleak, steely defiance to them, though they very much are dictated both by the actress in the lead role, and the director behind the camera.
As Sony prepares to unleash its latest chapter in the Lisbeth Salander saga, with Claire Foy (The Crown) assuming the lead, CinemaBlend traveled to Berlin to visit the set of The Girl in the Spider's Web, the first novel not penned by Larsson in the series. Fede Alvarez (Don't Breathe, Evil Dead) has been hired to leave his stamp on the material, and it's his approach, we learned, that promises a dark adaptation to David Lagercrantz's 2015 novel. While visiting with us on set, Alvarez reflected:
This insight, gained on the set of The Girl in the Spider's Web, mirrors the "Angel of Vengeance" approach that Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) displayed in the debut trailer for Fede Alvarez's thriller. The new mission for Lisbeth will put her in the path of a missing relative (played by Sylvia Hoeks) and a young boy named August (Christopher Convery) who might be the key to a far-reaching conspiracy.
But it's the hiring of Fede Alvarez for this adaptation of The Girl in the Spider's Web that Sony hopes will give the movie its necessary edge. It's certainly present in this first trailer. Check it out, if you haven't yet:
We will be able to see just how dark The Girl in the Spider's Web gets when the movie reaches theaters on November 9. And we will have plenty more from our time on the movie's Berlin set in the coming days, including interviews with Claire Foy and several members of the crew, so keep it here on CinemaBlend.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.