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Girl in the Spider's Web: Bringing Intensity To Lisbeth Salander

The Girl in the Spiders Web - Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander

The Girl in the Spider's Web is the sequel to 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The crime thriller is directed by Fede Álvarez and follows Lisbeth Salander as she rescues battered women and takes revenge on their behalf. Claire Foy plays Salander in Spider’s Web, while Rooney Mara played the character in the first film. The Girl in the Spider's Web hits U.S. theaters on November 9, 2018.

FROM NOVEL TO FILM

At a recent press conference, director Fede Álvarez talked about adapting the novel:

“I was a big fan of the Swedish movies and the Fincher movie. And I was like, ‘I would love to play in that playground.’  For me at least that’s what it’s all about. Which is, there’s a playground I want to spend a lot of time in and that’s why I was interested in.

“And they allowed me to be a writer on it.  Which allowed me to take this, whatever it is, the story, the book, the material, take it to a little bit more the themes and things that are more personal to me, that I care about.  Like the books have many, many things and when you condense it to two hours you have to pick the ones that are relevant for you, mostly.”

FINDING A PARTNER

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Said Alvarez:

“And the challenge was obviously to find someone that would agree, the things we were interested in.  Which was one of the first conversations we had with Claire. There would be no movie without her. So, we met in New York and we sat down, and we didn’t talk about the script or the movie or the other movies, nothing like that.  We talked about family and how we relate to each other and why it’s so interesting and complex and painful. And that the movie was basically, going to talk about that. And that’s how we started. When Claire said, ‘Sounds cool.’ We decided to make this movie.”

PLAYING LISBETH

Claire Foy in The Girl in the Spiders Web

At the same press conference, Claire Foy was asked about preparing to play the intense character of Lisbeth Salander.

“I was never really worried about the intensity bit. Or the kind of…the inherent energy of the character and how she is.  The fight that she has, the kind of aggression or rage that she appears to have. That never really… bothered me. Because [LAUGHS] I’m a very rage-ful and vengeful person [LAUGHS]. No, but I don’t know why, but I guess that was something that I got, about her. I understood what she was fighting against, both inside herself and outside. That was the thing that I inherently understood about the character, that made me want to play it. And made me want to have my own go at portraying that.”

REAL INTENSITY

Said Foy:

“But for me it was…making a film like this, which was so…required me to do things as an actor that I had never been asked to do before.  No one had said, ‘Don’t think, just go. Jump, don’t think.’ My instinct was to go, ‘But don’t you think, um… maybe--.’ ‘No go, just go.’ ‘No, really…’. That’s what I could do forever.  I’m so used to dialogue. Really taking things apart and trying to get to the root of things. And so much of this film was go on instinct. Just go and feel it. Be there, and be exhausted, and run up that hill, and punch that person in the face.  And yes, there’s a flamethrower above your head. Get in the bath [LAUGHS]. That was the intense side of it.”

More: The Girl in the Spider's Web Official Trailer

Key Release Dates
  • The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) release date: Nov 09, 2018
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