‘Dragon Tattoo’ Director Slams American Remake

Forget the intrigue and espionage of the plot; the real drama in the upcoming remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake appears to be occurring behind the scenes.

Niels Arden Oplev, director of the Swedish Millennium Trilogy, recently opened up to Word and Film about the English-language adaptation of the films—which will star Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig—and he’s none too happy about the possibility that Mara’s portrayal of hacker Lisbeth Salander might eclipse that of Noomi Rapace, who played the part in the original trilogy.

According to Oplev,

“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. That’s highly unfair because Noomi has captured this part and it should always be all her. That’s her legacy in a way I can’t see anyone competing with. I hope she gets nominated for an Oscar. I know a lot of Academy members have seen the film and liked it because every time I go to LA I meet so many people who have seen my version of it. 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 [director David] Fincher does a better job.”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Do you agree with Oplev, or do you think Rooney Mara will bring her own, equally enthralling spin to the Lisbeth Salander role? Let us know in the comments section—after checking out the U.S. trailer for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo below.