David Fincher has finally set his cast for his upcoming adaptation of Gone Girl. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike have been confirmed for the lead roles, with the rest of the cast including Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon. Neil Patrick Harris had originally been rumoured to be joining the cast but this is no longer the case.
Affleck and Pike will star as husband and wife, Nick and Amy Dunne, Perry as attorney Tanner Bolt, Dickens and Fugit as detectives and Coon as Affleck’s twin sister Margo.
The film is an adaptation of a story about a killer called Gone Girl, written by Gillian Flynn.
The novel was recently released (3rd January here in the UK) and has gone on to become a best-selling phenomenon. The story of a man being accused of murdering his wife who has gone missing sounds perfect for Fincher. With films like Seven, Zodiac, The Game and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Fincher has proved that when it comes to directing dark and thrilling mysteries, few can do it better.
Gone Girl has been acquired by 20th Century Fox in a seven figure deal to be produced by Pacific Standards Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. Flynn wrote the first draft of the screenplay. Flynn also has two other novels on the best-seller list right now, and two other of her novels are being made into films. Dark Placeshas Amy Adams attached to star, with Gilled Paquet-Brenner directing and her first novel, Sharp Objects, was optioned by Alliance with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum producing.
Gone Girl is due to commence filming this Autumn.
Synopsis for the novel, courtesy of Amazon
Marriage can be a real killer.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. TheChicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.