Ben Affleck signs on for Gone Girl for director David Fincher

Ben Affleck

So much for Ben Affleck only focusing on projects he can star in and direct himself. I guess when David Fincher comes calling, you start changing your priorities. Such is the case for Ben Affleck, who has signed on to star in David Fincher’s upcoming film GONE GIRL, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn. Not only that, but it looks like Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt are up for the female lead as well. Based on the synopsis below, this looks like it could be another homerun for David Fincher, who has been relatively quiet since THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO. It’s unclear when this one will start production since Ben Affleck’s slate is pretty full. But Fincher seems ready, so I suspect Affleck will shuffle some things around to accommodate everyone else’s schedule.

The official Amazon synopsis of Gillian Flynn’s novel, ‘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? (Deadline)


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