David Fincher Wants Rosamund Pike to Go Missing for 'Gone Girl'
With Ben Affleck in place to lead David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel Gone Girl, the question remains as to who will play his missing wife that the title references. Names like Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Emily Blunt and Reese Witherspoon (who is producing the film) have been mentioned as possibilities, but another name has surfaced instead. THR has word that Jack Reacher star Rosamund Pike seems to be Fincher's favorite to take the role, but there's no official offer on the table just yet. It would be another big role for the actress after starring in the Tom Cruise action thriller last year.
For those still in the dark, here's the official synopsis for the book:
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?
Flynn will make her feature film writing debut adapting her own novel, and it doesn't sound like there will be a need to have a rewrite done when the script is complete. An insider says, "Gillian is taking it all the way with David [Fincher]. They've found a great rhythm together." Any film from Fincher has our full attention, and it sounds like this will be the project that finally gets him back behind the camera after a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea fell apart and plans for a sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo haven't come together (though The Playlist reports Se7en writer Andrew Kevin Walker has been hired to write the sequel now). We'll bring you the latest information as it becomes available.