Of course, everyone wants to know what Ben Affleck’s Batman will look like in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.
But before that movie hits theatres in 2015, Affleck will star in the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller Gone Girl for director David Fincher.
That film is due out Oct. 3, 2014, and 20th Century Fox has released the first image of Affleck’s Nick Dunne character. The film revolves around a man who is suspected of killing his wife, Amy (played by Rosamund Pike), after she vanishes on their fifth wedding anniversary.
In case Fincher’s name isn’t enough of a hint, Flynn’s novel provides plenty of twists and turns, not to mention narrative voices. If you haven’t read it, I implore you to do so. No matter how solid your CSI skills are, I promise you the ending will throw you for a loop.
It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out on the big screen, but Fincher is one of my absolute favourite directors who never misses.
Hey, want to feel old? Brad Pitt is joining the 50-and-over club this week.
But since stealing movie lovers’ hearts in 1991’s Thelma & Louise, Pitt has had one of the most varied and interesting careers in Hollywood. He has never repeated himself (well, okay, he played the same character three times in the Ocean’s movies) and his presence in a film has usually been a seal of quality.
There have been hits and flops, like all big stars, but in his 25-plus year career, he’s shown a deft ability to flip between the eccentric (Twelve Monkeys), dark (Killing Them Softly) and commercial (World War Z) with relative ease.
Here, I take a look back at Pitt’s five best moments on film. He’s had many great roles, but these are my faves. Don’t like my choices? Sound off in the comments below.
Oh, and Happy Birthday Brad. Here’s to another 50!
Benjamin Button – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The story of a man aging in reverse proved to be a stunning meditation on the passage of time. With a two-and-half-hour running time, it was not only a technical marvel, but one of the most touching love stories ever made. It’s his best film to date.
Detective Mills – Se7en
Directed by then-newcomer David Fincher, Se7en is the type of unrelenting thriller Hollywood rarely makes. And it has an ending that people to this day have never forgotten.
Rusty Ryan – the Ocean’s movies
Pitt has never been above indulging audiences in bits of cinema fluff. But he’s always made sure that when he’s giving us a popcorn muncher, the entertainment factor remains high. His part in the Ocean’s Eleven movies alongside pals George Clooney and Matt Damon are guaranteed crowd pleasers for even the staunchest of film snobs.
Tyler Durden – Fight Club
By 1999, Pitt could have done pretty much anything career-wise. But instead of playing it safe, he made a message-laden film that skewered consumer culture and defied easy explanation. It wasn’t a box office hit at the time, but it is one of Pitt’s most important roles to date, and still boasts a huge cult following.
Aldo Raine – Inglourious Basterds
Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino’s collaboration on the WWII blood-soaked revenge fantasy made audiences both cringe and laugh. Before QT retires, they need to do at least one more film.
Other Pitt gems: 12 Monkeys (Pitt at his kookiest); Moneyball (you don’t need to be a baseball fan to enjoy it); True Romance (his bit part turned out to be a scene stealer); The Counselor (critics may have hated it, but there was plenty to love about Pitt’s Westray in this dark tale of greed and murder); Burn After Reading (his dancing gym rat was a hoot); World War Z (a white-knuckle zombie thriller – essential for any film oeuvre); Legends of the Fall (an epic classic in which Pitt held his own alongside Anthony Hopkins); A River Runs Through It (early proof that his Thelma & Louise cameo wasn’t a fluke).
Pitt’s biggest misses: The Devil’s Own (Pitt can do a lot, but mastering an Irish accent isn’t one of his strong suits); Meet Joe Black (how about you go meet him and tell us all about it); Seven Years in Tibet (A for effort, F for results).
Rosamund Pike has landed the lead part in David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller Gone Girl, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Pike was one of a number of actresses linked to the role since the film was announced earlier this year. The part of Amy – a woman who vanishes on her fifth wedding anniversary – was coveted by pretty much every actress in Hollywood. Some of the other stars who were rumoured to be in the running for the role included Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Emily Blunt and Olivia Wilde.
Pike, a veteran British actress, recently appeared in Jack Reacher opposite Tom Cruise.
Flynn wrote the screenplay and actress Reese Witherspoon is producing. Ben Affleck is set to play Amy’s husband Nick, who becomes the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance.
Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry are being considered for supporting roles.
As for Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Wrap has reported that Sony may move ahead without the director. Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en) has been brought in to write the screenplay for the follow-up – The Girl Who Played with Fire – and they are keen to get cracking.
Fincher’s involvement with Gone Girl and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea may leave him too tied up to proceed with part two of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series.
Actor Daniel Craig, who played Mikael Blomkvist, is also busy readying his next James Bond movie.
Stay tuned for more on The Girl Who Played With Fire. And if you haven’t read it, Gone Girl is an unputdownable twisted thriller. I highly recommend it.
First up, it looks like David Fincher is going outside his usual stable of actors to tap Ben Affleck for his upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.
Ben Affleck is seen here at the Toronto International Film Festival in this 2012 file photo. MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI AGENCY
Affleck will play Nick Dunne, a man who becomes the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance, Variety reports.
Flynn wrote the screenplay and actress Reese Witherspoon is producing, but the role of Amy – the missing wife – has yet to be cast.
If you haven’t read it, I strongly suggest you check it out. It’s a great beach read for the summer.
Since winning an Oscar for last year’s Argo, Affleck’s dance card is pretty full. In addition to Gone Girl, he has the action drama Runner Runner out this fall and is in pre-production on his adaptation of Dennis Lehane’sLive By Night.
Next up, is the first trailer for Spike Lee’s grim-looking Oldboy. It’s a redo of Park Chan-wook’s gruesome 2003 film, which itself is based on a Japanese manga comic.
Josh Brolin plays a man who is locked in a room for 20 years for an unknown reason. And when he is let out… Let’s just say a lotta people are going to get killed.
The film, which is out Oct. 25, also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen (Silent House) and Sharlto Copley (District 9) as the main villain.
Curious what people who have seen the original have to say about the remake. Let me know what you think about Lee’s vision in the comments below.
If Daniel Craig played any part in your decision to plunk down $12.99 to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo when it came out in 2011, you might not be too happy when the sequel hits screens.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Craig, bolstered by the box-office haul of his most recent Bond adventure, Skyfall, is looking for a pay hike if he’s to return for The Girl Who Played With Fire.
But apparently, producers at Sony are looking to keep costs down after the first film’s lukewarm box-office results, and are considering writing Craig’s character out of the sequel if he insists on a raise (Sources close to Craig say negotiations haven’t even started and that the actor wants to return to the role).
If you’ve read the books, you already know that Craig’s journalist character Mikael Blomkvist is not the focal point of The Girl Who Played With Fire or The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. The ensuing instalments of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series revolve around hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara).
Steven Zaillian’s script has already been written (with Blomkvist present), and director David Fincher is eyeing the Dragon Tattoo sequel as his next film.
But Craig’s co-star, Rooney Mara, says reports that Blomkvist will not return for The Girl Who Played With Fire are without merit.
“I don’t know where that rumour was started — but it would never be a possibility,” Mara told MTV about talk of Craig’s exit. “He wouldn’t be written out.”
What do you think Millennium fans, does Lisbeth’s cinematic story really need Mikael? Let us know in the comments.