Stephen Merchant Joins ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel ‘Girl in the Spider’s Web’

Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant has joined The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel The Girl in the Spider’s Web, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Claire Foy and Lakeith Stanfield are already on board to star and Fede Alvarez is directing the project, which Sony hopes will relaunch The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo franchise, whose last installment was released in 2011.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is currently shooting in Berlin and Stockholm. Sony plans a Nov. 9, 2018 release. The film is adapted from the David Lagercrantz-penned fourth book in the Millennium series.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is also the first in the bestselling series to be produced into an English-language film in its initial adaptation. The previous installments in the series originated as Swedish-language films. Columbia evp David Beaubaire is overseeing the movie for Sony.

Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon are producing with Scott Rudin and Yellow Bird. Merchant, featured in last year’s Logan, is repped by WME.

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