The following story contains some spoilers for the book (and upcoming movie) The Girl in the Spider's Web. Read on with caution if you are unfamiliar with the story, and want to stay unscathed.
When adapting a best-selling novel, it's important to maintain as much about the story that attracted readers, while also figuring out ways to possibly make a narrative more cinematic, or possibly make space for a riveting talent. Fede Alvarez opened up about both aspects when talking about his approach to the upcoming The Girl in the Spider's Web on his movie's set in Berlin. The director was very open to the changes that co-star Lakeith Stanfield is making to NSA tracker Alona Casales, but they sound fresh and exciting. However, when it came to the important character of August, Alvarez knew that he had to hold true, explaining:
Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) definitely doesn't strike us as someone who's about to launch a successful babysitting service. So yes, placing a young autistic boy in her care creates a dramatic wrinkle that Fede Alvarez was happy to protect. In the story, August (Christopher Convery) is a young autistic boy who's at the center of a web of deceit that pulls both Lisbeth (Foy) and Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason) into a conflict with cyber criminals and corrupt government officials. But over the course of our interview, Fede Alvarez confirmed an important aspect of August's character -- his drawings -- also will be maintained. He said:
From all that we learned on the set of The Girl in the Spider's Web, Fede Alvarez and his cast and crew are doing what they can to bring David Lagercrantz's novel -- the fourth in the Millennium series -- to the big screen in a faithful form. Fans will be able to see for themselves when the movie opens in theaters on November 9.
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