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‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ gets new cast, release date

Rooney Mara starred in the 2011 film

Rooney Mara starred in the 2011 film "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures / Baldur Bragason

Goth hacker Lisbeth Salander from “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is returning to the big screen.

Sony Pictures announced Monday that the cult-favorite character — played by Noomi Rapace in the original Swedish film and two sequels, and by Rooney Mara in the 2011 American version — will be played by a new actress in “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” based on David Lagercrantz’s best-selling novel.

Fede Alvarez, director of the well-received 2016 thriller “Don’t Breathe,” will co-write the screenplay and direct. This will be the book series’ first film adaptation to premiere in an English-language version.

The movie is scheduled for release Oct. 5, 2018, with production set to begin this September.

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