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Rosamund Pike cast in David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ adaptation

- July 26th, 2013
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Rosamund Pike. QMI Agency

 

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.

Ed Burns: Tyler Perry’s Alex Cross ‘kicks ass’

- October 19th, 2012
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Edward Burns and Tyler Perry in a scene from Alex Cross.

When you’re thinking small, indie film with lots of talking, writer-director Edward Burns might not be the first person who comes to mind.

But he’s up there.

So it’s odd to see him buffed up playing Robin to Tyler Perry’s Batman in the new cop thriller Alex Cross.

Based on the long-running James Patterson crime series, the film stars Perry as criminal profiler Alex Cross (who was first played onscreen by Morgan Freeman) and Burns as Cross’s childhood pal, Tommy Kane.

Now detectives on the Detroit police force, the pair join forces to hunt down a homicidal hitman nicknamed Picasso and played by a sinewy Matthew Fox.

“Matthew looks like a crazy person in this movie,” Burns said during an interview at TIFF last month.

And while Freeman’s incarnation of Cross in 1997’s Kiss the Girls and 2001’s Along Came a Spider was more procedural, Burns promises this latest version is wall-to-wall action.

“This film is real different from the Freeman versions; plus it’s directed by Rob Cohen who did Fast and the Furious and xXx, so it’s fast paced,” he said. “This is a straight-up action movie.”

The big question, though, is what will Perry fans make of his transition from the dress-up hijinks of the Madea movies to a no-nonsense cop in Alex Cross?

“Tyler kicks ass,” Burns said. “I’ve seen it and people are going to really dig him in this.”

The pairing on set worked so well it translated over into real life, with Perry influencing Burns’s upcoming work in The Fitzgerald Family Christmas.

“Tyler told me he was a fan of Brothers McMullen and he asked me why after 15 years, I hadn’t revisited the Irish-American world that film depicted. That led to conversations about how a filmmaker should be a brand. He said to me, ‘Look at what I do. I always have my audience in mind.’ And he suggested to me that if I went back and made another film that looked at that world, I’d have a lot of success with it. The minute he said that I thought, ‘This guy is absolutely right.’

“I sat down, opened up my laptop and started writing. Six weeks later, I had the first draft of the script that would be my next film – The Fitzgerald Family Christmas.”

Alex Cross is in theatres now. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas will be released next month.

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