Crowning Glory

Claire Foy Aims for the Stars

BY: Zak Wojnar; Editor Claire Connors

For those us mourning over the loss of Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth in the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series, The Crown, just breathe. Not only are we getting a fabulous replacement with the talented Olivia Colman, who’s about to be a huge star in her own right because of The Favourite, but Ms. Foy will soon be appearing in not just one but two highly anticipated movies.

First up is First Man, the space drama by La La Land director, Damien Chazell. Set in the years prior to the moon landing of July 20th, 1969, Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on that fascinating orb. Foy plays his wife, Janet. Presumably, the film ends before their 1994 divorce and his subsequent remarriage to Carol Knight, whom he met in 1992. Oh well, nothing lasts forever.

While Foy spends First Man playing second fiddle, so to speak, she is the top-billed star of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a film which has had a long road to the big screen. Author Stieg Larsson first created the character of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In the original Swedish, the story is called Men Who Hate Women, which is arguably a superior and more thematic title. His trilogy of novels were adapted for Swedish film, which led to a big-budget Hollywood re-adaptation by acclaimed director David Fincher. While not perfect, Fincher’s attention to detail and distinct style made for an exciting thriller for adults. Unfortunately, the film’s imposing budget and solid, but middling, box office returns put planned adaptations of the two sequels on indefinite hold.

Seven years later, the series is being rebooted with an adaptation of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the fourth book in the series. Following Larsson’s untimely death in 2004 (his three Salander novels were published posthumously), the series was handed to David Lagercrantz, who was hand-picked by Larsson’s estate. Considering the whole new cast and creative crew, it was pragmatic of Sony to adapt this particular story, since Spider’s Web is the start of a whole new series. Unfortunately, fans of the original trilogy of novels will have to deal with the sad fact that The Girl who Played with Fire and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest will likely never receive the big-screen Hollywood treatment… On the other hand, we don’t have to put up with Daniel Craig‘s terrible Swedish accent anymore, so it’s probably an even trade.

Claire Foy is the third actor to play the iconic Lisbeth Salander, following Rooney Mara in the Hollywood version and Noomi Rapace in the original Swedish adaptation. A ruthless vigilante with a strong moral core and an unfettered sense of righteous justice, Salander is one of the 21st century’s most provocative and brutal heroes. The whole series is about men, women, and the various disparities between these two genders; Lisbeth is a defender of the weak, and a punisher of the guilty. Based on the trailer, The Girl in the Spider’s Web will be an authentic representation of Lisbeth and her unadulterated (and highly entertaining) vengeful rampages.

First Man is in theaters now, and The Girl in the Spider’s Web is due out on November 9.