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Casting Lisbeth Salander: 11 Actresses Who Deserve to Be ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’

Rooney Mara won't be back as Lisbeth Salander for Sony's "The Girl in the Spider's Web," so we have to ask: Who should step into the computer hacker's shoes?

Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”

 

Sofia Boutella

Sofia Boutella

Sofia Boutella

Sofia Boutella first came on our radar as the razor-legged assassin in “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” and she’s found herself in the thick of blockbusters with work in “Star Trek Beyond” and the upcoming Tom Cruise-led “The Mummy.” All of this is to stay she’s well versed in big-budget studio filmmaking, which is only a plus. Fortunately, she’s also got the same fiery edge that made Noomi Rapace so perfect for the role. Boutella has a killer stare and would be able to bring out the unpredictable urgency to Salander that makes the character such a dangerous thrill. Boutella has the rage needed to make Salander an ambiguous anti-hero. Somebody get her in the casting room ASAP. -ZS

 

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Roberta Colindrez, “I Love Dick”

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Roberta Colindrez

Diehard “Girls” fans may remember her as Tako, Adam’s gay best friend who could open a bottle of beer with her teeth, but Roberta Colindrez is about to become America’s next lesbian heartthrob when Jill Soloway’s “I Love Dick” hits the streaming waves. Colindrez plays Devon, an androgynous Texas cowboy who may or may not seduce Kathryn Hahn’s Chris. As Lisbeth, Colindrez would bring a swaggering toughness to the bisexual detective that Mara could only dream of. -Jude Dry

 

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Jamie Clayton, “Sense 8”

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Jamie Clayton

Aside from her almost uncanny resemblance to Mara, “Sense8” star Jamie Clayton already has a devoted cult following in the sci-fi/genre world that makes her a ripe, if unlikely, choice. Clayton plays Nomi Marks in “Sense8,” a political blogger and hacker trying to crack a dangerous conspiracy, so we know she has the acting chops for Lisbeth. Plus, casting a trans actress would just be totally badass way to drum up new interest in the franchise. -JD

 

Maika Monroe - Sundance 2015

Maika Monroe

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Maika Monroe

The “It Follows” breakout has already proven that she can carry an entire film, and her Final Girl sensibilities across a number of new wave horror films (like “The Guest,” presumably like the upcoming thriller “Tau”) and action-skewing offerings (she was virtually unrecognizable in the lackluster “The 5th Wave,” sporting a very Lisbeth-like dark mop) make it clear that she can deliver on darkness. Monroe seems to have no bones about transforming herself for films, one of the key requirements of taking on Lisbeth, and she’s itching for another role that take her to the next level. -KE

 

Imogen Poots - TIFF 2015

Imogen Poots

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Imogen Poots

The revenge ink scene from “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is one of the more harrowing sequences of the decade. So, to ensure that whoever steps into Lisbeth’s boots is used to on-screen life-and-death fights with despicable characters, why not pick one of the stars of “Green Room”? When called upon, Poots is one of the best in the business at summoning an “I-am-not-to-be-messed-with” presence, perfect for any potential Lisbeth. -Steve Greene

 

Riley Keough

Riley Keough

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Riley Keough

Lisbeth is a character caught up in a neverending power struggle. In relationships, work and general matters of the law, her survival depends on identifying advantages and exploiting weaknesses. Though “The Girlfriend Experience” doesn’t have quite the level of bloodshed that the Millenium Trilogy does, Keough’s work on the Starz series’ first season was an expertly walked tightrope of physical and psychological control. She could trade in the iciness of Chicago high-rises for the icy, cutthroat climes of Stockholm with ease. -SG

 

Mackenzie Davis

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Mackenzie Davis

In the opening season of “Halt and Catch Fire,” Davis’ Cameron Howe has a Lisbeth Salander 1.0 feel. Beyond her computer skills, Cam’s spirit of defiance has helped provide an anchor as the show has progressed. Though most might know her from her more reserved work in the “San Junipero” episode of “Black Mirror,” she has the badass bonafides to take charge as any future Lisbeth story would need. -SG

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