Rooney Mara has officially been nixed from reprising the role of emotionally disturbed hacker Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming sequel to Sony Pictures’ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, opening doors to more beautiful and sexy actresses like Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, and Alicia Vikander – all said to be up for the part.

Fede Alvarez, director of exceptional fright flicks Don’t Breathe and 2013’s Evil Dead remake, is at the helm of the sequel, titled The Girl in the Spider’s Web, and is very excited about casting his new, hotter female lead.

He tells Variety:

Lisbeth Salander is the kind of character any director dreams of bringing to life. We’ve got a great script and now comes the most fun part — finding our Lisbeth.

Damn straight that’s gonna be fun. Mara went nude and scored an Oscar nomination. Alvarez could be in for the ass parade of his life! Lets hope agents for Alexandra Daddario and Megan Fox are already on this too!

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is the first book in what is collectively known as the Millennium Trilogy, novels by late Swedish author Stieg Larsson. They have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. Larrson, a journalist and political activist, died of a heart attack at the age 50 in 2004. According to his longtime live-in girlfriend Eva Gabrielsson, he left behind pages to his unfinished fourth book in the series.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is not based on those pages, but instead written by David Lagercrantz with the Larsson’s estate’s support. Gabrielsson calls Lagercrantz an “idiotic choice” for carrying on the book series.

Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web is slated for release Oct. 5, 2018.

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