Lady within the Spider’s Net: Claire Foy on Lisbeth Salander’s new look

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Girl in the Spider's Web: Claire Foy on Lisbeth Salander's new look


Movie followers who go to see The Lady within the Spider’s Net will swiftly discover that star Claire Foy’s Lisbeth Salander has a extra restrained, much less punky look than that of Rooney Mara or Noomi Rapace within the earlier motion pictures to function the Swedish hacker. The choice to offer Salander this spare fashion was a deliberate one on the a part of Foy and filmmaker Fede Alvarez, who directed and co-wrote this newest installment of the Lady with the Dragon Tattoo franchise.

“We actually didn’t care about going too far with the style or making an excessive amount of of a giant deal out of it,” Alvarez tells EW. “A number of the tales, and specifically the films that have been made about her, went very far in with looking for this distinctive, distinctive look. I used to be frightened that that often overtakes every thing, and a radical characterization might cloud the character.”

“Folks imagine what she ought to appear like, versus essentially what’s within the ebook,” says Foy. “I simply didn’t need to do something that individuals anticipated, or thought ought to be there, for completely no cause apart from they’re like, ‘Nicely, she wears fishnet tights, and has her head shaved, and has obtained a great deal of piercings and all these tattoos.’ I didn’t need to do any of that and it’s a cliché, as a result of it in a short time wears you, versus it being an actual character and a real-life particular person. And I believe it was essential for me to point out that this isn’t the Lisbeth Salander of the primary Dragon Tattoo. An enormous variety of years have handed, and she or he’s modified, and been by quite a bit, and it’s a must to mirror that in how she now places herself collectively. Does she nonetheless have the identical level to show now as she did then or not? And so, I simply was like, ‘If we don’t must do it and it didn’t really feel proper, then why are we feeling like we needed to put all of this stuff on high of this particular person?’ So I used to be very back-to-basics and really stripped-back. All the pieces needed to have a cause.”

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Foy additionally felt it was time for a change when it got here to Salander’s well-known dragon tattoo.

“I felt fairly strongly that I wished to go away from the type of Chinese language dragon and in the direction of the Norse dragon,” she explains. “That made extra sense to me, being the place she’s from. The dragon was an vital one, but in addition all the opposite tattoos that she has — a few them have been simply quotes that I assumed have been related to Lisbeth. I liked that a part of it, I liked doing the tattoos.”

The Lady within the Spider’s Net opens Nov. 9

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