The first trailer for the newest installment in the late Stieg Larsson’s Dragon Tattoofranchise, The Girl in the Spider’s Webhas dropped. The two minute and thirty second trailer revealed the style and tone for the newest addition, introducing Claire Foy as the cunning Lisbeth Salander.
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Spider’s Web is the first film in the series to be based off a novel not written by Larsson, (the book was penned by David Lagercrantz,) and the first to star Claire Foy as Salander. The story follows Salander as she deals with her past while confronting a web of spies, cyber criminals, and corrupt government officials.
Best known for her role as Queen Elizabeth in Netflix’s The Crown, Claire Foy in Spider’s Web is a deep departure from her previous prim and proper appearances, but also showcased her talents in a multitude of accents including Russian, English, and Swedish.
In the trailer, Foy starts out strong with an accent that’s a mix of English and Swedish. She then pulls out all the stops when she throws cards at the captured abuser, showcasing her magnificent Russian accent. Throughout the trailer, she rotates between all three accents, giving us her full range of accented abilities. Which is like, not what I think the most memorable aspect of the trailer is meant to be, but that’s life eh?
The film is set to be released into theaters on November 9, 2018.
Everybody has their TBR lists set for the next several months. Maybe you have that book you’ve been meaning to read, and then a book your friend is dying for you to read. Maybe a couple of books are on that list that you’re not crazy about reading, but you feel you need to in order to be a functioning human being.
And then there are those books that are becoming movies or TV shows. You know the ones. These are the books you know everybody will be talking about in eight months, so it’s on your TBR list so you can show off to your friends. You will tell them, entering the theater, that you have already read the book. They, in turn, will think you read all of the books. Or maybe they will think you talk too much. In any case, here are the books coming to the big and small screen in 2018 that you need to mark on your calendar.
Levithan’s book follows a soul called “A” who wakes up in a different person’s body every day. When A falls in love with Rhiannon, a Twilight Zone-esque romance transpires. If you have as many questions as I do about the logistics, be sure to check out the film adaptation, which stars Angourie Rice.
VanderMeer’s sci-fi novel follows a team of four female scientists who must explore the mysterious Area X. Though the twelve expeditions that preceded theirs ended in mysterious disasters, they hope for the best. The adaptation comes from Ex Machina director Alex Garland and stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson.
Matthews is a former CIA operative, and his book has been lauded as pretty accurate to how the CIA conducts surveillance. The movie brings Jennifer Lawrence back together with her Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence. She plays a spy. Pretty neat stuff.
Ava DuVernay has become the first woman of color to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million because of A Wrinkle in Time. That’s reason enough to see the movie. Assuming you haven’t read the book yet, though, L’Engle’s story is essentially a completely bonkers YA sci-fi romp that’s impossible to pin down. The movie looks as colorful and touching as the classic it’s based on.
Flynn is teaming up with the folks behind Big Little Lies to bring her detective story to life. As with the Gone Girl adaptation, Flynn is taking a hands-on approach to Sharp Objects, having worked on the screenplay. The miniseries will premiere on HBO. Also, it stars Amy Adams. Yes, you read that right.
Starring Fresh Off the Boat’s Constance Wu, this adaptation of Kwan’s book follows Rachel as she accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore for a wedding. Soon after, Rachel finds herself embroiled in the lives of the upper echelons of society, slowly uncovering her boyfriend’s surprisingly dark past.
This is interesting for a few reasons. First, it is a sequel to 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo despite none of the main cast returning (The Crown’s Claire Foy will be replacing Rooney Mara in the title role). Second, it is the first adaptation of Lagercrantz’s book. The Swedish Millennium adaptations were all adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s initial three books. With Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez helming the project, this is one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Cannot wait!
A sequel (yes, seriously) to the 1964 classic, Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt as she revisits a now-adult Michael Banks from the first film. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep also star. Though everybody has every right to be skeptical, this movie may end up being a fair follow-up to the original. Emily Blunt, in any case, is pretty solid casting.
In the vein of darkly funny Westerns like Charles Portis’ True Grit (i.e. the best book ever written), deWitt’s novel follows a pair of hitmen brothers ready to retire. Their last assignment has them following a mysterious chemist who’s onto something big during the Gold Rush. Surprises and unforgettable characters ensue. The movie will star John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix as the titular Sisters brothers. I cannot wait.
Now the book is out and the reviews are in. Critics are very much divided on the latest installment! To give you the full picture of how critics are responding to the new book in the series that began with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, we’ve compiled reviews from respected sources all over the web. Have a look!
Michiko Kakutani, TheNew York Times
Though there are plenty of lumps in the novel along the way, Salander and Blomkvist have survived the authorship transition intact and are just as compelling as ever…
Mr. Lagercrantz’s efforts to connect unsavory doings in Sweden to machinations within America’s National Security Agency are strained and fuzzy — a bald attempt to capitalize on Edward J. Snowden’s revelations about the agency and the debate over its surveillance methods…
Mr. Lagercrantz captures the weariness, even vulnerability, that lurks beneath these two characters’ toughness, and he understands that each is motivated by a craving for justice
Lagercrantz’s continuation, while never formulaic, is a cleaner and tighter read than the originals, although he follows the template in building the plot slowly and methodically. He is, technically, a more adept novelist than Larsson, smoothly switching viewpoint in two sections where characters come under threat from assassins.
Like countless readers, I would welcome a fourth novel in the series that equaled the high standard set by Larsson, but “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is not that novel…
I recall the Larsson books unfolding gracefully. Lagercrantz’s narrative is fragmentary and confusing. It’s almost impossible to keep track of all the hackers, scientists and killers who emerge briefly, vanish, then turn up again after you’ve forgotten them. There are absurdly complicated moments when characters discuss such things as singularity theory, black holes, prime-number factorization and self-teaching algorithms. Several of the characters are certified geniuses but, sad to say, most readers are not.
Unfortunately, the fourth installment, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” written by crime journalist David Lagercrantz, does nothing to elevate the series, and one might venture to say it even hurts the legacy of the original…
Featuring members of the NSA and the Swedish Security Police, dubious tech companies, Russian gangster hackers, “good guy” hackers, a femme fatale and Millennium, the ailing Swedish magazine constantly in financial peril in the series, the novel becomes a soup of flimsy plotlines and convoluted characters that fails to reach the thrilling heights of its predecessors.
Stieg Larsson died before completing his Millennium series, and the idea of continuing the books with the help of another writer sparked some debate amongst his loved ones. His longtime partner Eva Gabrielsson remains opposed to the continuation, but Larsson’s family, who control his literary estate, gave their blessing to this new project. The Daily Mail’s excerpt marks the first time that any section of the heavily embargoed novel has seen the light of day.
David Lagercrantz is an established and respected author, and his writing in this novel emulates Larsson’s style. The Daily Mail’s excerpt puts Lagercrantz’s first-rate writing on display. The selection also includes illustrations.
If you love the excerpt, check out more plot details here and take comfort in the fact that you won’t have to wait much longer for the full novel. The Girl in the Spider’s Web is set for an international release this Thursday, August 27.
The new book will continue Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series, which began with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Larsson passed away before finishing his series, and the author’s estate authorized this new installment over the objections of his partner Eva Gabrielsson. The new novel is written by acclaimed author David Lagercrantz.
Details about the new book have been closely guarded. But now, MacLehose Press has released a limited amount of information regardingthe new story. Here’s what we know:
At the opening of the new book, the series’ two most iconic characters, hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist, have grown apart. Blomkvist is contacted by a scientist named Professor Balder, who reveals that he has been working with Salander.
Salander, it seems, has been attempting to hack America’s National Security Agency. She’s also being targeted by a group of “ruthless cyber gangsters,” according to the publisher. These gangsters, who call themselves the “Spiders,” have terroristic goals and are soon out to get Salander, Blomkvist, and the citizens of Stockholm.
The book will hit bookstores worldwide on August 27.
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