Claire Foy thrilled to join ‘lovely club’ of Lisbeth Salander actresses

Claire Foy is looking forward to unveiling her version of Stieg Larsson’s famed character Lisbeth Salander.The British actress is in the final stages of shooting the crime thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web, in which she plays the troubled computer …

Claire Foy is looking forward to unveiling her version of Stieg Larsson’s famed character Lisbeth Salander.

The British actress is in the final stages of shooting the crime thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web, in which she plays the troubled computer hacker, the lead figure in the late Swedish author’s Millennium novel series.

Lisbeth has previously been imagined by Noomi Rapace in the Swedish film adaptations of the books and by American star Rooney Mara in the 2011 adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, with Claire now excited to bring audiences her take.

“As an actor, you’re very used to reincarnating roles. I’m from England; we do a lot of Shakespeare,” she told Empire magazine. “I’m my version of Lisbeth Salander, which will inevitably be both different and similar. Either way, it’s a lovely club to join.”

The Girl in the Spider’s Web will follow Lisbeth and journalist Mikael Blomkvist, as played by Sverrir Gudnason, as find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials. Sylvia Hoeks, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Merchant and Vicky Krieps round out the cast, with Fede Alvarez directing.

And Claire can’t praise the Don’t Breathe filmmaker enough.

“I couldn’t have taken the job just for the role alone – it was all him really,” the 34-year-old smiled.

The actress’ role comes after she played Anne Boleyn in TV series Wolf Hall, Diana Cavendish in biographical drama Breathe and Sawyer Valentini in Unsane.

But she’s best known for her portrayal of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix show The Crown and found acting as the monarch to be more challenging than taking on Lisbeth.

“All the parts I’d had up to playing Elizabeth were the opposite of her as well. So that felt more of a departure for me than this,” she added.

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Seasick Sam Claflin: ‘Sailing is not for me’

Sam Claflin has decided sailing isn’t for him after throwing up while filming his new movie on the open ocean.The Hunger Games: Catching Fire actor stars alongside Shailene Woodley in Adrift, which tells the true story of Tami Oldham and Richard Shar…

Sam Claflin has decided sailing isn’t for him after throwing up while filming his new movie on the open ocean.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire actor stars alongside Shailene Woodley in Adrift, which tells the true story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, a couple who had to fight for their lives after sailing into a hurricane while traversing the Pacific Ocean.

Sam had to go on a restrictive diet to slim down for the role, and admits he soon discovered that it was a bad idea to head out to sea on an empty stomach.

“I quickly realised that it (sailing) wasn’t for me,” the seasick actor said at a Q&A session following a screening of the movie in London.

“I wasn’t eating very much and I’d set out with three or four coffees first thing in the morning with no food and apparently that’s a recipe for disaster on a boat. Shailene was literally rubbing my back as I was puking out of the boat.”

The film’s director Baltasar Kormakur was a competitive sailor in his youth, but the rest of his cast and crew struggled with shooting at sea – despite the gorgeous surroundings of the South Pacific.

“Day one on the open ocean we were all taking selfies, thinking wow we’re all in Fiji on the back of a yacht, this is dreamy, we can watch the sunrise – it was amazing,” the 31-year-old recalled. “About an hour or two hours into the day the first crew member emerged from beneath the decks and was looking pale as a ghost and beyond him there was another twelve people hurling.”

Explaining how being at sea had taken its toll on almost all the crew, he added: “Everyone bar Baltasar and Bob Richardson, the cinematographer, threw up.”

Adrift is in cinemas now.

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