'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Sequel Eyes Natalie Portman & Scarlett Johansson as Lisbeth Salander

5:00 AM EDT 3/21/2017 by Cores Grace, Celebeat Reporter

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Sony Pictures has confirmed that the sequel for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is finally happening, which is titled "The Girl in the Spider's Web" and Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez known for his notable works such as "Evil Dead" and "Don't Breathe" is slated to helm the sequel. There were initial plans for the sequel to retain the same core cast but after long years in the works, nothing has been made into reality.

According to Vanity Fair, Sony is currently looking for a new actress to play as Lisbeth Salander, the punk hacker in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" where actress Rooney Mara played the role and actor Daniel Craig played as the journalist Mikael Blomkvist. David Fincher directed the 2011 adaptation and was nominated for a bunch of awards in Oscars including the award for editing and an award for Mara.

Following the announcement that both Mara and Craig will not be starred in the upcoming sequel for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Variety reports that its sources have revealed that the names Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson have been heard around to play the role of Salander. Johansson is reportedly to have lost the role to Mara in the first film but that was because of Fincher's involvement. Portman and Johansson both starred in "The Other Boleyn Girl" in 2008.

Meanwhile, Alvarez said in a statement released that he is seriously thrilled and thankful for the chance given to him as Sony is already his family and working on the sequel for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is certainly a celebration of his strong relationship with the company. "Lisbeth Salander is the kind of character any director dreams of bringing to life," he said and added that they have a great script but the challenge is that looking for someone to play the lead role.

Alvarez together with Steven Knight and Jay Basu penned the script of the sequel for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." "The Girl in the Spider's Web" hits cinemas on Oct. 5, 2018.

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