Before Argo director Ben Affleck will be shooting his adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s crime novel Live By Night, he’ll be stepping back in front of the camera under the direction of another director. Deadline reports that Affleck has taken the lead role in David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling mystery novel Gone Girl.
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?
It’s been reported that Affleck has pushed back the production start date for Live By Night just so he has enough time in his schedule to star in the adaptation. Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is on hold so the director wants to make Gone Girl as soon as possible, thus forcing Affleck to push back his own directorial project that once had a planned fall start. Can you really blame Affleck? This project seems like it’s going to be a big deal, especially with Fincher at the helm.
UPDATE: TheWrap reports that Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, and Emily Blunt are circling the role of Amy Dunne.
What do you think of the casting?