Lakeith Stanfield has joined the cast of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a sequel/soft reboot to the 2011 David Fincher movie, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Sony has recast the sequel in the hope to get the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo franchise up and running again.
Stanfield has shot to fame after several high-profile roles. After debuting in Shot-Term 12 with Brie Larson, he’s been featured in films like Selma and Snowden, and played Snoop Dogg in Straight Outta Compton. More recently he had a recurring role in Donald Glover’s FX hit-series Atlanta and Jordan Peele’s monstrously successful Get Out as Logan, the mysterious man who suffered from that particularly frightening bout of seizures. Stanfield also played the eccentric detective L in Netflix’s Death Note.
According to THR, Stanfield joins the Spider’s Web cast as an NSA security expert, alongside Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander and Sverrir Gudnason as Mikael Blomkvist, replacing Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig respectively. His NSA character will be tracking Salander as she and Blomkvist are caught up in a web of government corruption, spies and cybercriminals. Fede Alvarez is directing the new film, based on the first book in the Millenium series that was not written by Stieg Larsson after his death in 2005.
Spider’s Web marks the beginning of a new Millenium film series, which doesn’t feature any of the original cast or David Fincher as the director. After Fincher’s success with the first film, he wanted to return and direct the remaining titles in the original Millenium trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. However, after several delays, Sony opted to reboot and recast the series. Earlier this year, Alvarez cited the reasoning for recasting the film, saying“It’s said that 50% of the director’s work is casting. If I’d just take Fincher’s (amazing) casting, I wouldn’t be doing half of my job.”
Alvarez is known for his blood-drenched 2013 remake of Evil Dead and 2016’s tense Don’t Breathe. With his adept touch at creating the nail-biting basement sequence in Don’t Breathe (and making Stephen Lang even more terrifying than usual), he seems to be the perfect replacement for Fincher in this new Millenium series. While it’s unclear whether we will ever get a proper Girl Who Played with Fire film (English-language, that is), these new sets of stories could be interesting enough to carry this series forward for quite some time.
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