First Look: Ben Affleck in David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Adaptation

Monday, 30 December 2013 09:10 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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First Look: Ben Affleck in David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Adaptation

Today brings a first look image of Ben Affleck as a man with many secrets, but not Batman.

As Affleck gears up to begin shooting Batman vs. Superman in the weeks to come, the inaugural image from Gone Girl has debuted online.

Gone Girl, based on the exceedingly popular bestseller by Gillian Flynn, is the second consecutive novel adaptation from David Fincher, whose last feature was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  Like that film, this one is a twisty thriller with some meat on its bones.

This is a far cry from the Lisbeth Salander's adventures in Sweden, however.  Gone Girl takes place right here in the States, in Missouri specifically.  Affleck and Rosamund Pike star as Nick and Amy Dunne, who recently relocated to Nick's hometown after he lost his job as a journalist in New York.  On this seemingly perfect couple's fifth anniversary, Amy goes missing.  Before long, Nick emerges as the prime suspect, and he does nothing to help this perception with his oddly aloof and generally suspicious behavior.  As pressure from her family, the community, and the media increases, Gone Girl zigs and zags through reveals and reversals that make the thriller a nerve-wracking look at contemporary relationships and the lies we tell ourselves.

Acclaimed source material, grown-up themes, one of the best directors on the planet, and lead actors with serious chops.  Gone Girl sounds pretty damn good.  Since it's Fincher, it'll also look damn good.

20th Century Fox debuted the still above through the studio's official Twitter.

British actress Pike, most recently seen in The World's End, ought to make hay with this role, and Affleck's likability should work perfectly for Nick, a normal guy with some real secrets. 

In addition to the two leads, Fincher has assembled an eclectic cast populated by actors you might not expect to find in such heavy material.  NPH himself Neil Patrick Harris, for example, plays a supporting role, along with Happy Endings vet Casey Wilson, Almost Famous star Patrick Fugit, Dodgeball ringer Missi Pyle, and one-man entertainment empire Tyler PerryScoot McNairy, so good in Killing Them Softly and Affleck's own Argo, also appears.

An earlier Flynn novel, Dark Places, is also getting adapted for the big screen, with Charlize Theron as a Midwestern woman investigating the high-profile crime in which her family was killed twenty-five years ago.  Check out an image and more information on that one by clicking here.

Gone Girl is scheduled to open nationwide on October 3, 2014.  That date could very well position the film as a dark horse during the next awards season cycle.

And now, Fincher's VMA-winning video for Madonna's "Vogue:"

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