David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a critical success back in 2011, with Rooney Mara even bagging as Oscar nomination for her performance as the resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander. But its $233 million box office take was a slight disappointment given the film's $90 million budget so, Sony have opted to reboot the franchise rather than move forward with the sequel.
The second book in the series is The Girl Who Played with Fire, but according to The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) Sony are skipping straight to the fourth book, The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight has been tapped to write the screenplay, and Mara and her co-star Daniel Craig won't be returning. That leaves the door open for other talented thespians to join the popular franchise, and The Wrap (opens in new tab) is reporting that Alicia Vikander is an early favourite to claim the role.
Vikander's involvement is not surprising as over the past two years she's established herself as one of Hollywood's brightest young stars with films such as Ex Machina, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Danish Girl. Plus, with a major role in Bourne 5 coming up soon, her star is only set to rise. As Mara replacements go, you could do far worse.