A week or so ago we reported that Ben Affleck was circling the lead role in David Fincher’s Gone Girl. Now he may have some company, as THR reports that Rosamund Pike is the director’s top choice for the female lead.
The film is based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, following the husband (Affleck) of a woman who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary. Inevitably the hubby becomes the primary suspect in her mysterious disappearance. Pike is up to play the wife, who initially seems like a pretty average person, but things change as we learn more about her and her husband’s relationship.
Emily Blunt, Natalie Portman and Charlize Theron were apparently also in the running for the role, but at the moment Jack Reacher star Pike is the frontrunner.
Things are still coming together for Gone Girl, with the major sticking point at the moment being the budget. Fincher’s very particular style doesn’t tend to be cheap to achieve, so 20th Century Fox and New Regency are trying to find a budget where they can get a Fincher movie, but not giving him completely free reign to spend the Earth on the film. Hopefully it’ll all work out though.