With the news that Alicia Vikander has turned down the role of Lisbeth Salander in Fede Alvarez’s upcoming Girl in the Spider’s Web, we decided to put forth some casting ideas of our own, in no particular order. Some seem like easy replacements, and others more of a challenge, but now is a good a time as any to completely refresh the continuation of the wildly successful Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.
Elizabeth Olsen is just one example of a talented actor who has been captured by the superhero universe with little time or energy to expend on chasing more “obscure” goals. Unfortunately Olsen is also heavily undervalued by the roles available to her therein. Her early 2011 performances in Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House are a head start for a complex role like Lisbeth, and I have no doubt that given the right script, Olsen can rise to the occasion. She’s not afraid of the psychological darkness required and is one of today’s most underappreciated actors.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Mary Elizabeth showed us she’s perfected quiet fury in all her roles from Scott Pilgrim to 10 Cloverfield lane. She’s a fast-rising star who takes the craft seriously and an artist who needs a push. She recently stunned me in her role in Faults, the quirky and questionable 2014 dramedy that went to some weird places. Her ferocity is never muted by her even temper and at this point, I’d watch her in just about anything.
Blessing us with perhaps the most gorgeous and naturally bad-ass visage, Zoe Kravitz could pull off Lisbeth Salander’s intense look more than anyone else. She shone in Mad Max: Fury Road as a natural ass-kicker, and I’d love to see her in this role.
Of course Kate, Rooney Mara’s sister (who starred in the American version of the film) is a natural pick for her genes, but I’d argue she’s capable of holding her own for this sequel of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series. She’s shown us she can tackle the fearless sleuthing required in the heavy Netflix drama House of Cards and her appearances in American Horror Story show she’s not afraid of what might lurk in the darkness, around the corner or in her mind.
Léa Seydoux is a natural scene-stealer, impossibly elegant and fierce at the same time. She has an impressive career in French cinema, and has made a mark on American films as Spectre, Inglorious Basterds, and Mission Impossible: Ghost-Protocol so she’s no stranger to intense action or Hollywood. Slippery and charming as a snake, let’s see her take some of that intense Blue is the Warmest Color energy and let it dominate the screen as Lisbeth.
We’ve seen her scared, but maybe it’s time to see Anya Taylor-Joy focused and angry. Though her wide-eyed stare and blonde locks suggest a youthful innocence, it seems to me she might have a real fire to let loose when given the room to do so. Without giving the plot of the upcoming film away, we’ve already seen her think on her feet in Split and single-handedly give the best horror performance of the year in The Witch. The world is truly her oyster and I’m excited for wherever she chooses to go next.
Mia Wasikowska is a bit of a room divider. She can be hit and miss with her roles, but she has the subtlety and a gift of brooding that’s required for this one. Considering her role in 2013’s Stoker is enough to prove that she’s comfortable with being on the fringe of relationships and holds some understanding of the quiet, serious advantage it takes for a hacker/revenge specialist.
Pull Krysten Ritter away from the Netflix series Jessica Jones and strip her of her powers and she fits right into the twisted world of Lisbeth Salander. She’s a dark cloud just waiting to burst open—her intense stare matching her delivery onscreen. Just looking at her makes me nervous, and that kind of intimidation is required for such a woman as this.
Jane Levy has worked with Alvarez in last year’s Don’t Breathe and Evil Dead (2013) to staggering effect. She’s got a fanbase that wants to see more of her and experience with the director, so why not? If they work well together there’s no doubt that the performance he’s looking for can be cultivated and fans can be pleased at the same time.
Perhaps this role is too big a step for young Ronan, but I’ve had my eye on her potential for some time. With the right director she can be groomed to greatness and she excels at using her face as a canvas for her thoughts. She’s flexible and can hold a solid lead, like in Hanna or How I Live Now, but it’s time she had some room to grow up and this might just be the type of role she needs.
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