Hacker heroine returns in The Girl In The Spider's Web

Director Fede Alvarez (left) and cast members Claire Foy (centre) and Sverrir Gudnason attending a photocall for the shooting of the new Millennium series film The Girl In The Spider's Web in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 13, 2018.
Director Fede Alvarez (left) and cast members Claire Foy (centre) and Sverrir Gudnason attending a photocall for the shooting of the new Millennium series film The Girl In The Spider's Web in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 13, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The latest cinematic installment of the bestselling Millennium series of novels will reveal more details about mysterious hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander and delve into her past, director Fede Alvarez said.

Filming for the The Girl In The Spider's Web is underway in Sweden with British actress Claire Foy cast as the young tattooed Salander, an introverted genius who endures a complex relationship with journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason).

"What I really wanted to do was to send her into a place of her life and in this case to her past to confront things that will hopefully reveal a bit more about who she truly is," said the Uruguayan director behind Evil Dead and Don't Breathe.

"When you think you know, when you think you have figured her out, she does something that changes everything you thought you knew. That's what's fun about her."

The film, set for a November release, is based on the book by new author David Lagercrantz who took the series on after the death of Stieg Larsson, the author of the original best-selling trilogy.

Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, published in 2005, introduced the world to androgynous hacker Salander and made the Nordic Noir genre of gritty Scandinavian crime novels popular globally. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was made into a 2011 Hollywood movie of the same name, where Salander was portrayed by American Rooney Mara, alongside James Bond actor Daniel Craig as Blomkvist.

Larsson completed three novels in the series before he died in a heart attack in 2004. Lagercrantz's sequel, released in 2016, features spies from the US National Security Agency and Salander's long-missing twin sister Camilla, who has taken over their father's criminal network.

Foy, who won critical acclaim for her role as Britain's Queen Elizabeth in the Netflix series The Crown, said she was excited to play the dark character alongside Gudnason, who replaces Craig.

"I think inside she knows who she is but the outside have always seen her as a victim," said Golden Globe winner Foy, showing off her new short haircut for the role in Stockholm.

"People have been taking advantage of that and I think she's just a survivor and non-judgmental and just... I love her. I love her."