By Adam Markovitz
Updated August 03, 2020 at 06:33 PM EDT

Image Credit: Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage.comDavid Fincher hasn’t even finished making his adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but he’s already got a critic. Niels Arden Oplev, director of the original Swedish-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling book, spoke out against Fincher’s film in an interview with Word and Film conducted by EW alum Christine Spines. Oplev says that Noomi Rapace‘s turn as hacker Lisbeth Salander in his film can never be topped — a preemptive slap in the face to newcomer Rooney Mara, who scored the part in Fincher’s film. “The only thing that’s annoying to me is that the Sony PR machine is trying to make their Lisbeth Salander the lead Lisbeth Salander,” he said. “That’s highly unfair because Noomi has captured this part and it should always be all her.”

Oplev also insisted that real film fans will seek out his movie (and its two sequels, directed by Daniel Alfredson) instead of seeing Fincher’s. “Even in Hollywood there seems to be a kind of anger about the remake, like, ‘Why would they remake something when they can just go see the original?’ Everybody who loves film will go see the original one. It’s like, what do you want to see, the French version of La Femme Nikita or the American one? You can hope that Fincher does a better job.”

Fincher and Dragon Tattoo producer Scott Rudin declined to comment about Oplev’s remarks.

What do you think, PopWatchers: Is this just a case of sour grapes, or do you agree with Oplev?

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