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.
David Fincher definitely has a thing for the ‘girls.’
After his 2011 adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the Oscar-nominated director is reportedly eyeing Gone Girl as one of his next film projects.
The best-selling thriller written by Gillian Flynn has been a runway success since its release last summer. Flynn has written the screenplay, with Reese Witherspoon producing.
If he decides to direct the film, Fincher will be on familiar turf. Flynn’s chilling book tells the story of a woman who vanishes on her fifth wedding anniversary with her husband pegged as the main suspect in her disappearance.
Fincher, who is in the running to direct Star Wars Episode VII (as a teen, he worked as an assistant on Return of the Jedi), also has a 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea reboot in the works and may direct the follow-ups to Dragon Tattoo – The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
Fincher previously has said that if he returned for the next two instalments in Larsson’s Millennium series, he would want to shoot them back-to-back.
For Fincher fans, this is all good news. No matter what he decides, it means we won’t have to wait five years until his next feature.