Ben Affleck in Talks to lead David Fincher's Adaptation of 'Gone Girl'
by Ethan Anderton
July 11, 2013
Right now Ben Affleck is getting ready to shoot his adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel Live by Night as his next directorial effort, but before that gets off the grounds, it sounds like the actor will step in front of the camera again. Deadline has word that Affleck is currently in talks to take the lead role in Gone Girl, the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel of the same name, for director David Fincher (The Social Network, Se7en). The news is interesting, because Affleck will have to push back his Warner Bros. based project, but the studio had no problem letting him take the job, proving a solid relationship between them.
For those just joining us, here's the official synopsis for 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?
The allure of working with Fincher must be a big deal for Affleck since he had previously dropped out of leading Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's heist film Focus because of his commitments to Live by Night. The schedule just might have caused too much of a delay for Affleck's film though, and the major reason Warner Bros. is fine with letting Argo director push back his production is because he'll still have ample time to complete the film before the end of 2014 for an awards season release. Maybe Affleck will be looking at Oscar nominations in acting and directing in the near future? We'll see.