'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Sequel Casts 'Borg/McEnroe' Star Sverrir Gudnason as Male Lead

The Swedish actor has been tapped to play Mikael Blomquist, the role which was portrayed by Daniel Craig in the first movie that also had Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.

AceShowbiz - "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" sequel has found its male lead. According to a new Variety report, "Borg/McEnroe" star %cSverrir Gudnason% has been tapped to play the role of Mikael Blomquist in the upcoming sequel, titled "The Girl in the Spider's Web". %cDaniel Craig%" ("Spectre", "Skyfall") played the role in the first movie opposite %cRooney Mara% as Lisbeth Salander.

Swedish actor Gudnason, who played tennis legend %cBjorn Borg% in the recently-released biographical film "Borg/McEnroe" opposite %cShia LaBeouf%, is joining the cast that already has "The Crown" star %cClaire Foy% taking on Mara's previous role. "Blade Runner 2049" actress %cSylvia Hoeks% has been set to play Salander's twin sister, while "The Square" star %cClaes Bang% will take on a villainous role.

"The Girl in the Spider's Web" is based on the fourth book in the "Millennium" novel series originated by Stieg Larsson and continued by David Lagercrantz. Sony reportedly has decided to fast-track the project, eying a January production start in Berlin and Stockholm. The film is scheduled to arrive in theaters across the nation on October 19, 2018.

Serving behind the lens will be Fede Alvarez ("Don't Breathe"), who is also on board to co-write the screenplay with Steven Knight ("Taboo") and Jay Basu ("Monsters: Dark Continent"). Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon will join Scott Rudin and Yellow Bird in producing the next film of the franchise.

"The Girl in the Spider's Web" will be the first in the best-selling series to be adapted into an English-language film. The previous books in the series have been adapted into Swedish-language films, and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was a remake of the Swedish film. Released in 2011, the David Fincher-directed film became a global hit for Columbia Pictures, grossing over $230 million worldwide against its budget of $90 million.

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