The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A hero for our time
In a time when we need a hero to inspire us to resist, the bisexual dark vigilante Lisbeth Salander is back in the new film sequel to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web.”
This movie, which stars English actress Clare Foy (of the award-winning Netflix series “The Crown”) as the iconic Salander, is set open in theaters on November 9.
Foy said of the Salander and the series: “I just found it quite eye-opening, really, and especially a story which focuses around a woman, and that she’s sort of the most interesting person to follow in the story, as well.”
This movie is an adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same title, but was written by author David Lagerkrantz with the death of Larsson in 2004.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web: Salander is back
As one of 21st century fiction’s most original and complicated warrior for justice, Salander first burst onto the scene in Larsson’s 2005 novel, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
She later appeared in Larsson’s succeeding novels, “The Girl who Played with Fire” (2006) and “The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” (2007).
These books were published after Larsson’s death in 2004, which was why the estate hired Lagerkrantz to continue the series with “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” (2015) and “The Girl who Takes an Eye for an Eye” (2017).
When the first book was adapted into a movie, Salander was portrayed by Noomi Rapace in the Swedish adaptation in 2009 and then by Rooney Mara in the American adaptation in 2012.
For the film adaptation of “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” producer Amy Pascual said: “The world is ready for a vigilante hero like Lisbeth Salander. She’s a hero for the abused and vulnerable, and does it on her own terms.”
Lisbeth Salander: The hero that we need today
Salander is a dark avenger perfect for this day and age: an anti-social computer hacker who lives outside both the law and society– and has the fighting abilities to back her up.
In the upcoming movie, Salander continues her crusade to defend the weak and defenseless, especially women and children.
When she aids a scientist and his young son with the help of her old friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she finds herself drawn in a web of intrigue and the shadows of her own past.
Director Fede Alvarez, who helmed the remake of the horror classic “Evil Dead” and the thriller “Don’t Breathe,” said: “It’s a strange combination of an action movie, a powerful character drama, and a Nordic noir thriller.”
“Lisbeth is the reason why I decided to make this film. She does something that is very relevant for these times, which is, she represents a woman saying: Enough is enough!” Alvarez said.
For more about the film, check out the trailer below. Or go and watch this movie!