First 'Gone Girl' TV Spot: Did Ben Affleck Kill His Wife?

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:44 Written by  iamrogue
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First 'Gone Girl' TV Spot: Did Ben Affleck Kill His Wife?

The first TV spot for the eagerly anticipated Gone Girl adaptation is sixty seconds of watching the screws tighten on Ben Affleck.

It's a minute of pure dread and ominousness courtesy of David Fincher, a director who is perfectly suited to tackle Gillian Flynn's novel.

Even if you're not familiar with Flynn's 2012 bestseller, there's plenty to be excited about on display in this commercial.  We're talking about some top-notch filmatism courtesy of regular Fincher collaborators like cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth and composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, all three of whom did outstanding work on the director's last two movies, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network.

It's also a showcase for Affleck, cast to maximize not only his acting chops, but his history of overexposure and backlash.

The new Batman stars as Nick Dunne, a former journalist who recently reclocated to his Southern hometown alongside his gorgeous wife Amy, played by Rosamund Pike.

On this seemingly perfect couple's fifth anniversary, Amy goes missing.  Nick emerges as the prime suspect almost immediately, and he does nothing to help this perception with his oddly aloof and generally suspicious behavior.  Not only is it unclear what fate his wife could have met, but the nature of their relationship is murky as well, with the narrative running through twists and turns that illuminate the darkest corners of a marriage gone deeply weird.

Earlier this year, Flynn revealed that, in translating her own novel into a screenplay, she overhauled the story's ending.  “There was something thrilling about taking this piece of work that I’d spent about two years painstakingly putting together with all its eight million LEGO pieces and take a hammer to it and bash it apart and reassemble it into a movie," she said in January.

Naturally, that raised concerns among fans.  This month, the characteristically wily Fincher did nothing to assuage their fears.  Asked by EW (via Vulture) what has been changed for the Gone Girl film, he answered, "Everything and nothing."

"You're not changing the marrow of the creature," he said. "You're just changing the bone structure and the muscles and the skin. And the hair. It's all of its outer sheathing. But at its core, it's exactly what I think Gillian always intended."

The auteur was more forthcoming in his discussion of Affleck, saying, “We knew we needed somebody who was charming and could be seductive, who could be a ladies man, a guy’s guy, a frat boy, but most important, [someone] who had the wits and experience of knowing that situation. The gift of having Ben Affleck is that this is a guy who knows. He knows what a lose-lose situation is and understands what’s funny about it, however sad.”

Fincher's deeply odd supporting cast includes Neil Patrick Harris, Casey Wilson, Scoot McNairy, Tyler Perry, Missi Pyle, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, and Carrie Coon.

Gone Girl opens nationwide on October 3rd.

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