Rooney Mara Says No One’s Told Her She’s Being Replaced In ‘The Girl In The Spider’s Web’

By November 13, 2015

Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo book series was a hug hit when it was released in 2005, so it was no wonder that Hollywood quickly jumped on board and began production of a feature film. Swedish company, Yellow Bird, released a three part trilogy for the novel and it’s sequels in 2009, that starred Noomi Rapace, but it was the 2011 David Fincher helmed adaptation that held everyone’s attention. (On a side note, the Swedish films are actually very, very good and I would definitely recommend that you check them out, if you haven’t had a chance already). Starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film had a $90 million dollar budget, and a lot riding on it.

To say the studio was disappointed in the film’s performance would be an understatement. The film is gorgeous and the performances are breathtaking, but it still only managed to make just over $230 million at the worldwide box office, posting a slight loss for the studio when all was said and done. The film was a critical success, however, and even managed to garner Mara an Academy Award nomination for best actress. The numbers just didn’t add up however, and plans for the sequels, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest, were put on hold, with issues arising in regards to the scripts for the films.

Fast forward four years, and with nothing on the horizon, rumors start that Sony is looking to reboot the franchise, using the fourth book, The Girl In The Spider’s Web (the novel not written by Larsson, as he passed away after writing the third book) and recasting the role of Lisbeth Salander, with up and comer Alicia Vikander.

Seems this is news to Mara, who spoke with E! Online about the idea:

 As far as I know I’m doing it until someone tells me otherwise. And then I still might do it!

Okay, then. So, I get the studios desire to distance themselves from the original film and move forward, but if they haven’t even discussed it with Mara, well that’s just in poor taste. I have no doubt that Mara is contracted to make TGWPWF and TGWKTHN if the studio so wishes, so it also makes sense why the studio would choose to bypass them in favor of the fourth novel. Of course, there has been no official word from the studio about any of this, so it’s all just speculation and rumor right now, so there’s no point is getting up in arms about it right this minute. It makes sense to recast, since it would be considered a reboot and I can’t fault the studio for wanting Vikander to step into the role. She was an absolutely bright spot in this summer’s The Man From UNCLE and is a total hot commodity right now. It will be interesting to see how this all eventually plays out.

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Erin Parisien
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