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Fede Alvarez addresses why Girl in the Spider's Web must have a new cast

03.15.2017

On Monday we got word that plans for THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB with Fede Alvarez attached to direct would be moving forward for an October 2018 release. Though this pleased the fancies of admirers of the books and/or movies, this news came with a punch in the arm in the form of word that all of the cast from David Fincher’s GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO would be recast. I’m sure small fires have been raging inside said fans ever since, but now Alvarez has made a statement in hopes of putting out those flames, citing the decision is a matter of creative and professional integrity:

Rooney Mara earned an Oscar nomination for her work Lisbeth Salander in Fincher’s remake of the Swedish GWTDT (based on the first book of the Millennium Trilogy), which starred Noomi Rapace. However, the 2011 movie never earned a sequel, and now it’s been reported stars like Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson have been eyed for the role in this new film. SPIDER’S WEB is based on the fourth book, which was written as a new story outside of the main trilogy after author Stieg Larsson’s death.

Though I feel there is ample evidence out there to prove Alvarez doesn’t need to recast the movie in order to make it his own, in this case it makes sense. The studio probably went with WEB (as opposed to making movies out of books two and three) in an attempt to reboot the series instead of continue off Fincher’s take. As a result of that thinking Alvarez just wants this movie to be his own, and not be an extension of Fincher’s. I'm sure he'll find a great new Salander, though, and I would think that kicking a dildo up some dude's bum will be a part of the audition process.

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB is aiming for October 5, 2018.

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9:28AM on 03/16/2017
"50% of a director's work is casting..." ...except for sequels that aren't being made over a decade later, right?
If the original leads were interested they should at least be considered purely for the sake of continuity.
"50% of a director's work is casting..." ...except for sequels that aren't being made over a decade later, right?
If the original leads were interested they should at least be considered purely for the sake of continuity.
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1:16AM on 03/16/2017

Dumbest Tweet Ever...

Fincher established an incredible cast for this series... Give us more! Alvarez is already proving how misguided his vision is. Make a film for the fans... your audience. This isn't about your lame ego. You suck, dude.
Fincher established an incredible cast for this series... Give us more! Alvarez is already proving how misguided his vision is. Make a film for the fans... your audience. This isn't about your lame ego. You suck, dude.
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12:26PM on 03/15/2017
Um what?
Um what?
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12:01PM on 03/15/2017

Judging from his past movies...

He's gonna cast Jane Levy as Slander... which I'm not really upset about. However, I do feel that even Finchers version of TGWTDT was just an unneeded/unwanted retread of the near perfect Swedish versions, so to kick back off the franchise with the Fourth book and a completely different cast seems like a great way to kill this dead for good. Maybe that's the plan? Alvarez has talent, and his particular horror mean streak suits the material well, so worse things have happened.
He's gonna cast Jane Levy as Slander... which I'm not really upset about. However, I do feel that even Finchers version of TGWTDT was just an unneeded/unwanted retread of the near perfect Swedish versions, so to kick back off the franchise with the Fourth book and a completely different cast seems like a great way to kill this dead for good. Maybe that's the plan? Alvarez has talent, and his particular horror mean streak suits the material well, so worse things have happened.
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11:38AM on 03/15/2017

If you're replacing Fincher with a halfassed director, why not replace A-list actors as well

I mean without Fincher, GWTDT would have been a horribly boring movie and the cast only helped keep it watchable and entertaining. So get rid of the amazing director and top tier cast and replace them with the guy who tries to be Snyder-esque and fails on every level.
I mean without Fincher, GWTDT would have been a horribly boring movie and the cast only helped keep it watchable and entertaining. So get rid of the amazing director and top tier cast and replace them with the guy who tries to be Snyder-esque and fails on every level.
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9:40AM on 03/15/2017
Maybe he should just get Noomi Rapace on board again. Might as well.
Maybe he should just get Noomi Rapace on board again. Might as well.
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9:14AM on 03/15/2017

ummmm...ok...

this is ridiculous. Bah. 50% of your job? If you think the cast was "amazing", then job done. That would be like recasting Indiana Jones for each movie or Iron Man. C'mon. And honestly I am sick of Scarlet Johansson being up for everything. Keep Rooney Mara, she is (well not so much anymore) an under the radar actress. We need new blood in Hollywood. Stop casting the same damn people. This is a bad idea. The Swedish Millennium films versions are much better anyway. I don't care that it is a
this is ridiculous. Bah. 50% of your job? If you think the cast was "amazing", then job done. That would be like recasting Indiana Jones for each movie or Iron Man. C'mon. And honestly I am sick of Scarlet Johansson being up for everything. Keep Rooney Mara, she is (well not so much anymore) an under the radar actress. We need new blood in Hollywood. Stop casting the same damn people. This is a bad idea. The Swedish Millennium films versions are much better anyway. I don't care that it is a 4th book. It deals with the same characters. In no way does this reasoning make any sense. None.
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8:46AM on 03/15/2017

C'mon now, Fede

Don't act like Fincher's cast was even on the board for you to use.
We KNOW why you have to recast. Because you're going to be compared to Fincher, and you need to minimize the damage - because you ain't Fincher or even close.
And it's weird that ScarJo is even being "considered" when she tested for Fincher.
Don't act like Fincher's cast was even on the board for you to use.
We KNOW why you have to recast. Because you're going to be compared to Fincher, and you need to minimize the damage - because you ain't Fincher or even close.
And it's weird that ScarJo is even being "considered" when she tested for Fincher.
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8:22AM on 03/15/2017
That's a cop out excuse; seems like the more likely reason is because of $$$$$.
That's a cop out excuse; seems like the more likely reason is because of $$$$$.
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