Lisbeth Salander Returns in The Girl in the Spider's Web: Review

Swedish author Stieg Larsson may have died far too young, but his two beloved characters – punk hacker goddess Lisbeth Salander and rumpled but tenacious investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist – happily live on.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web, due out Sept. 1 and written by David Lagercrantz, a Swedish journalist, picks up years after the last novel.

Title and Cover Revealed for Latest Book in the Dragon Tattoo Series

It seemed that Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium series of Lisbeth Salander novels – beginning with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – would forever remain a trilogy, following their author’s untimely death. But a new book is in the works – and its title and cover have just been unveiled.

Rooney Mara Is Dating Charlie McDowell

Who’s that boy with the girl with the dragon tattoo?

Actress Rooney Mara, best known for her Golden-Globe nominated, man-hating, butt-kicking character Lisbeth Salander, has been spotted out and about with a tall, brooding redhead: her beau Charlie McDowell.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Review

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is about power – who has it and who doesn’t, but mainly how quickly it shifts.

Take a scene in the film’s first hour: Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) is on a subway platform bothering no one when a foolish stranger snatches her backpack. Soon, she’s capably retrieved her pack – and beaten the thief so savagely that passersby see her as the heinous one. In an instant she’s gone from victim to victor to victimizer. And she’s just getting started.

Rooney and Kate Mara Glam Up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Premiere

They certainly present a contrast, but sisters Rooney and Kate Mara are both soaking up the spotlight these days.

Brunette Rooney is currently promoting her much-anticipated film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which hits theaters Dec. 21, while auburn-haired Kate has created buzz with her role in the popular FX show American Horror Story.

Late-Entry Movies Throw Oscar Race Wide Open

And the winner is … Who knows?

The late entry into the race by buzzed-about films Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has made for a wide-open Oscar race for Best Picture this year.

“I can’t remember a year like this where there was no clear front-runner,” says a longtime awards season veteran. “Nobody knows where this race is going.”

Complicating the race is that few critics, much less Academy voters, have seen two of these major Awards season players.

Rooney Mara's Extreme Makeover for Dragon Tattoo

Whatever happened to sweet-faced, innocent Rooney Mara?

Well, she got tattooed. And pierced. And her hair dyed jet black and chopped. And handed a pack of cigarettes. All for her role in the upcoming blockbuster The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

What's Next for Dragon Tattoo Star Noomi Rapace?

When Noomi Rapace won the role of the gutsy Lisbeth Salander in Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films, she knew it would change her life. But not quite the way she expected.

“I thought everyone would hate me!” says Rapace, 30, who transformed herself into an androgynous, punky, chain-smoking computer hacker for the three Swedish movies. “The readers of the books have such a strong relationship with her as a character, I thought they’d never accept what I did with Lisbeth. It felt like a suicide mission to accept the role.”

Rooney Mara Transforms into Lisbeth Salander

Rooney Mara has gone from sweet-faced star to bad girl Lisbeth Salander.

Mara, 25, is in Sweden shooting the Hollywood adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

In photos hot off the set, the actress – whose chestnut hair normally falls past her shoulders in gentle waves – is now sporting a severe raven-black cut with blunt bangs.

Christopher Plummer Joins The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Cast

The casting continues: Christopher Plummer will join newcomer Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in the Hollywood adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, already shooting in Sweden.