Sony finds director for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" sequel - Daniel Craig, David Fincher and Rooney Mara not returning

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Why even bother? They're skipping the 2nd and 3rd book. No Daniel Craig, no Rooney Mara and no David Fincher. Also who had the braindead idea to do the 4th book, which is widely considered to be the worst one of the series? Incredibly strange decision by Sony on this one. Fede Alvarez is a promising director, "Don't Breathe" proved that, but it will be very hard for him to match what Fincher did with the 2011 film [Original Review].

Courtesy of The Wrap:

"The search is on for an actress to take over the role of punk hacker Lisbeth Salander, last played by Rooney Mara, in a sequel to David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
"Sony Pictures has hired “Don’t Breathe” filmmaker Fede Alvarez to direct the film, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” with a release date of Oct. 5, 2018 locked in. Production on the thriller will begin in September."
"Mara isn’t the only cast member not returning to the series: Sony said the sequel will feature an entirely new cast, meaning Daniel Craig won’t be back as love interest Mikael Blomkvist."
"In 2015, a source told TheWrap Alicia Vikander was being courted to play Salander in “The Girl in the Spider’s Web, based on the fourth book in the Millennium series and the first written by David Lagercrantz following the death of series creator Stieg Larsson."