Groundbreaking trans model Andreja Pejić has landed her first major film role, Deadline reports.
Pejić, 26, will appear in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the sequel to the acclaimed 2011 Swedish-American psychological thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Pejić’s role has not yet been announced.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson, earned Rooney Mara an Oscar nomination for her performance as edgy protagonist Lisbeth Salander. It was previously announced that The Crown’s Claire Foy will play the queer cyberhacker in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, directed by Don’t Breathe filmmaker Fede Alvarez.
Larsson’s novels, known as the Millennium Trilogy, have also been adapted into Swedish films starring Noomi Rapace.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web is the first book in the Millennium series not written by Larsson, who passed away in 2004 before the publication of his trilogy. The 2015 novel by David Lagercrantz, who continues Larsson’s legacy, has not been previously adapted for the screen.
After years of modeling both men’s and women’s clothing for the world’s top designers, Pejić announced that she is a transgender woman in 2014.
“To all trans youth out there, I would like to say respect yourself and be proud of who you are,” the Bosnian-Australian beauty told GLAAD. “All human beings deserve equal treatment no matter their gender identity or sexuality. To be perceived as what you say you are is a basic human right.”
The next year Pejić became the first openly trans model profiled by Vogue. “There was definitely a lot of ‘Oh, you’re going to lose what’s special about you. You’re not going to be interesting anymore,” she told the magazine about the modeling industry’s transphobic responses to her gender-confirmation surgery. One agent told her, “It’s better to be androgynous than a tranny.”
The Girl in the Spider’s Web is set for an October 19 release by Sony Pictures’ Millennium/MGM. An adaptation of the next book in the Millennium series, Lagercrantz’s The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, is reportedly in the works.