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.
One thing is for certain following last week’s big Batman announcement: Ben Affleck could be playing the Dark Knight for a long time.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck has agreed to play the Caped Crusader in multiple movies, should sequels continue.
Ryan Gosling, who was also considered, didn’t like the idea of committing to a number of sequels. Josh Brolin and True Blood’s Joe Manganiello were also possibilities.
Batfans reacted with anger following last week’s announcement with #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck taking over Twitter. But…I do think it’s fair to say that a lot of folks weren’t too thrilled with Heath Ledger’s casting as the Joker, and look how that turned out. Ditto RDJ as Iron Man, which was perhaps the most risky casting decision Marvel made given what that film meant to its overall big screen strategy.
Yes, Daredevil and Gigli weren’t great, but Affleck’s filmography over the past several years has been pretty impeccable. So I’m siding with Joss Whedon, who tweeted his support for Warner Bros’ choice.
Affleck'll crush it. He's got the chops, he's got the chin — just needs the material. Affleck & Cavill toe to toe — I'm in.
“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne,” Snyder said in a statement published by Variety. “I can’t wait to work with him.”
Affleck begins work on Man of Steel 2 in February after he completes shooting Gone Girl for David Fincher. He’ll be shooting that film for the majority of next year, and then start work on his next directorial effort – an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’sLive By Night.
The sequel joins a crowded slate of films set to bow in 2015, including The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Terminator 5.
Although some anger followed the surprise selection last week, THR reports that Affleck met with Snyder to discuss the part earlier this year before Man of Steel was even released.
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.
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.