Transforming a best-selling book series into a massive big screen smash is no small feat; not when there are legions of passionate fans with high expectations awaiting the final product. But director Fede Alvarez and Claire Foy (who takes over the intricate role of Lisbeth Salander) are certainly up to the challenge with the latest installation in the Millennium series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Merchant
November 9th, 2018
A meaty role
The original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of the most complex female characters in film today thanks to her traumatic past, her unparalleled technological smarts, and her overall badass demeanor. In Foy’s new version of Lizbeth, she and Michael Blomkvist (played here by Sverrir Gudnason) are entangled in a web of cybercriminals that brings the heroine back to her childhood with a surprising connection in her twin sister, Camilla Salander (Sylvia Hoeks). Given that background, you can expect to see plenty of meaty scenes on both a physical and psychological level for Foy to dig into, positioning her front and centre for awards season.
Claire Foy established herself on the TV circuit years ago thanks to period pieces like "Upstairs Downstairs" and "Wolf Hall". But it wasn’t until she earned critical acclaim as Queen Elizabeth in "The Crown" that Foy truly became a household name, racking up a Golden Globe and Emmy award in the process. It would have been easy for the actress to continue her streak with more period dramas or historical offerings, but Spider’s Web is clearly an exciting swing in the opposite direction. With her cropped hair, tattooed body and penchant for moody colours, the gritty and hardcore Lisbeth is a completely new journey for Foy, and one that she tackles wholeheartedly.
The latest of many critically acclaimed projects
While we’re buzzing about the release of Spider’s Web, Foy has been busy with a handful of unforgettable big-screen projects this past year. From her mind-bending turn as a woman involuntarily committed to a mental institution in Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane, to her emotional role opposite Ryan Gosling in the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, Foy is certainly on the fast track to an Oscar nomination.
Long live the (newly minted movie) queen.
The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story is for fans of gritty, dark crime films.
Anyone familiar with this book series and film franchise knows that this story is not for the faint of heart. Bring a strong-willed friend and dive into this new adventure with Lisbeth Salander together.