It was recently reported that Jack Reacher actress Rosamund Pike was the front-runner and director David Fincher’s favorite for the lead. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pike has officially landed the titular role in Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl. Pike will be portraying Amy Dunne, the wife of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) who goes missing without a trace on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary.
A number of actresses including Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Emily Blunt, Abbie Cornish, Olivia Wilde, and Reese Witherspoon were all in the mix but were ruled out.
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?
David Fincher plans to start shooting Gone Girl this September for a 2014 release. Author Gillian Flynn wrote the adaptation. The film will be co-financed by 20th Century Fox and New Regency. Do you think Rosamund Pike is perfect for the role?
UPDATE: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry are in contention for supporting roles in the adaptation. Consider me intrigued.