Arriving in Cineworld on 9th November, The Girl in the Spider's Web is the next instalment in the acclaimed Millennium crime saga. The story focuses on talented yet troubled young hacker, Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy), and journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason), as they delve into the dark criminal underbelly to solve a variety of mysteries and uncover even more unsettling truths. Here's why you can't help but be caught in its web…
1. It's the continuation of a darkly gripping series
Late Swedish author Stieg Larsson wrote the original three novels in the Millennium series: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. The books caused a sensation, selling over 80 million copies worldwide, and they helped pave the way for a pop culture 'Scandi Invasion' that saw a boom in brooding Nordic literature and TV drama.
Larsson originally intended to publish 10 novels but due to his sudden death in 2004, he only completed the first three, which were published posthumously. However, before his death, Larsson had completed a manuscript for the fourth novel, and David Lagercrantz was hired to complete it – he's since gone on to write the fifth entry, too. We can't wait for this chapter in the cinematic adaptation of this series, and we can hopefully look forward to seeing more in the future as well.
2. Claire Foy is now playing Lisbeth Salander
Given the air of danger she gives off in the trailer, we already can't wait to see Claire Foy's performance as tormented hacker Lisbeth Salander. Yet it's also important to note that Foy is actually the third person to portray Lisbeth on film. She was first portrayed by Noomi Rapace to acclaimed effect in the original Swedish film trilogy in 2009, and later by Rooney Mara in David Fincher's glossy 2011 remake of The Girl in the Dragon Tattoo.
After her incredible performances in The Crown (for which she won a Golden Globe), poignant drama Breathe (starring opposite Andrew Garfield) and Steven Soderbergh's experimental hospital thriller Unsane, Foy is fast becoming one to watch.
3. Fede Alvarez is directing
Some may have been initially disappointed to hear that director David Fincher was not returning to direct The Girl in the Spider's Web, after having done such a great job with the American adaptation of Dragon Tattoo. However, in his place is Fede Alverez, a lesser-known director who has nevertheless made an impact with his previous two movies.
Although Spider's Web will only be his third feature film, it's important to realise that his previous features were the gore-soaked 2013 remake of Evil Dead and acclaimed, claustrophobic thriller Don't Breathe, both of which are ultra-stylish and often downright nasty films in their own right. Who could ever forget the gloriously gruesome finale of Evil Dead or the nail-biting tension generated throughout Don't Breathe? This series is known for its stylish visuals and airtight storytelling, and if there's someone who can carry on this legacy, it's Alvarez.
4. It'll keep you on tenterhooks throughout
The Millennium series is known for plunging us into the dark heart of Scandinavian society. Both the original and the remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo set this tone pretty early on, with one especially hard-to-watch scene involving a pair of handcuffs and a radiator.
Not only is this series unafraid to venture to the darkest recesses of humanity, but each film is an entirely captivating crime thriller that promises to have you on the edge of your seat. As mentioned, director Alvarez is a master of unpleasantness (do we need to mention Don't Breathe's turkey baster scene?) and nerve-wracking suspense, so we're definitely looking forward to what's in store for us in The Girl in the Spider's Web.
5. It's a story of empowerment
The harrowing sequence glimpsed in the trailer highlights a key theme from the Millennium series: Lisbeth fighting for women who've been wronged. Recent examples of movies in this area include the critically lauded likes of Hard Candy, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and, most recently, Revenge.
In the Millennium series, Lisbeth is portrayed as more of an avenging angel than a monster or victim (although she has suffered at the hands of despicable individuals, as seen in the earlier movies and stories, Lisbeth is always able to rise above and fight on). At a time where superheroes dominate the cinema landscape, The Girl in the Spider's Web isn't just giving us another hero: it's giving us a different breed of the strong female archetype.
She fights for a just cause and she lets nothing get in the way of her sense of morals or justice. Lisbeth isn't necessarily the kind of hero you'd expect to see join the ranks of the Avengers, but she's a hero we need, and deserve, nonetheless.
Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.