Sony Pictures Moving Forward with Alvarez’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”

Fede Alvarez is definitely walking into a spider’s web

Sony Pictures will move forward with The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the long-in-the-works follow-up to the studio’s 2011 pic The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, with the 39-year-old Uruguayan filmmaker still on board to direct.

Fede Alvarez

Principal photography is set to begin in September with a release date scheduled for October 5, 2018.

The Don’t Breathe helmer has been aboard to direct the new pic based on the Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson.

It will feature a whole new cast, including the role of the books’ linchpin Lisbeth Salander, played by Noomi Rapace in the original Swedish trilogy and Rooney Mara in Sony’s Dragon Tattoo directed by David Fincher.

Steven Knight, Alvarez and Jay Basu penned the script for the new movie.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is the fourth book in the Millennium series and was written by David Lagercrantz after Larsson’s death; the fifth, also from Lagercrantz, was just launched at the London Book Fair.

Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch announced the new pic at the post-launch cocktail party and said Alvarez is meeting with actresses to play Salander. David Beaubaire is overseeing the project for the studio, which holds rights to the entire Millennium book series.

Columbia/Sony’s 2011 film was based on the first book in Larsson’s hot international-bestselling series centering on Salander, a tough-as-nails hacker with a steel-trap mind and a heart of gold. It was nominated for five Oscars including for Mara as Best Actress and won one for Editing. The film made $232.6 million worldwide, but a planned sequel never materialized.

Larsson died suddenly in 2004 before the books were published.

“I’m hugely excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Alvarez said in the announcement. “Sony has become family to me, and I can’t think of a more thrilling project to celebrate our relationship. Lisbeth Salander is the kind of character any director dreams of bringing to life. We’ve got a great script and now comes the most fun part — finding our Lisbeth.”

Rapace Signs with Creative Artists Agency

Noomi Rapace is getting creative

The 33-year-old half-Spanish actress has signed on with Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

Noomi Rapace

Rapace, the breakout star of Sweden’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the subsequent installments of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy films, signed with CAA after leaving United Talent Agency.

Since coming to Hollywood, Rapace has appeared in several hit films, including Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Prometheus.

Most recently, she starred opposite Rachel McAdams in Brian De Palma’s erotic thriller Passion.

After filming Dead Man Down, Rapace has been working on the Daniel Espinosa-directed Child 44 with Tom Hardy, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Gary Oldman, and the Michael R. Roskam-directed Animal Rescue with Matthias Schoenaerts.

Rapace’s “Passion” Project with Rachel McAdams…

She’s just launched her Hollywood career in Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows, which opened nationwide today… But Noomi Rapace isn’t slowing down her oh-so-hot career.

The 31-year-old half-Spanish actress—who starred as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish/Danish film adaptations of late author Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium series” books—has signed on to appear in Passion opposite The Notebook star Rachel McAdams.

Noomi Rapace

The psychological suspense thriller is an English-language adaptation from writer-director Brian De Palma of the French psychodrama Crime

The original starred Kristin Scott-Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier as a conniving boss and her ambitious protégé, respectively.

No word yet on which roles Rapace and McAdams will play in De Palma’s version, which will begin filming in March.

In the meantime, Rapace contnues promoting the just-released Sherlock Holmes sequel throughout the world and will appear in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi mystery project Prometheus.

Rapace Taps Into Her Latin Roots for Sherlock Role…

She’s the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but Noomi Rapace could also be called “the girl of Latin-descent.”

The 31-year-old Swedish-born actress is the daughter of Rogelio Durán, a flamenco singer/dancer from Badajoz, Spain.

Noomi Rapace

Rapace was able to tap into her Spanish roots to prepare for her role in the highly anticipated film, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

“My father was a flamenco dancer in Spain,” explains Rapace, who will star as a Gypsy fortune teller in the sequel to the 2009 blockbuster hit Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. “So I think my doing this was meant to be.”

In the latest installment of Sherlock Holmes, Rapace—in her first English-speaking role—even shares a sexy dancing scene with Law. And, should could prove to be a serious love interest for Holmes.

Noomi Rapace in Millenium Series Films

Rapace rose to fame by starring as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish/Danish big screen adaptations of late author Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium series” books, which resulted in numerous best actress award nominations for the actress.

Even though she won’t be starring in the American versions of the “Millennium series” movies, Sherlock marks just the beginning of her Hollywood career. She’s currently filming the thriller, Prometheus.

Meanwhile, Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows opens nationwide this Friday, December 16.