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Claes Bang will be the villain in THE GIRL IN THE SPIDERS WEB

Danish actor Claes Bang [+] has been confirmed to play one of the antagonists in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the U.S. sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. 

Bang got his international breakthrough in the Palme d’Or winner The Square [+] but has appeared in a number of Scandinavian films including A Soap [+], Young Sophie Bell [+] and The Bridge [+]

British actress Claire Foy will star as Libseth Salander, and Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks will be Salander’s twin sister.

The Girl in the Spiders Web is based on the book by David Lagercrantz, who took over from Stieg Larsson on the series. The screenplay has been adapted by Steven Knight. The previous books in the franchise were released as Swedish films starring Noomi Rapace [+] and Michael Nyqvist [+]. The U.S. released an English-language film for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but never adapted the two original Larsson sequels. Fede Alvarez is on board to direct.

The book starts with Mikael Blomkvist receiving a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the centre of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it . . .

The Girl in the Spiders Web will be shot in Berlin and Stockholm with a release date set for the 19th of October 2018.

 

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.