Gone Girl fans, cast your mind back to when you first read Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel -- when you picture Amy Dunne, who do you see? I imagine a blond woman who has the ability to look beautiful and sweet, yet can turn ice-cold in the blink of an eye. Just based on looks alone, it seems like British actress Rosamund Pike is a pitch-perfect choice to star in the Gone Girl movie.
Amy's character in the film adaptation has reportedly been quite the hotly-pursued role by a number of 30-something Hollywood actresses, including Olivia Wilde, Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, and Emily Blunt. I would have loved to see Theron land the part, but Rosamund Pike seems enormously promising as well -- and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Pike has officially moved from a top contender to nailing the gig.
In other intriguing Gone Girl news, did you know Ben Affleck will star as Nick Dunne? And just wait until you hear who's rumored to be in the running for a supporting role.
If you haven't read the book, I won't ruin it for you, but here's the general plot: a woman disappears on the day of her fifth wedding anniversary, and her husband becomes the prime suspect. Of course, things get a little more complicated as the book goes on, and the can't-put-it-down story is told in a nonlinear fashion from both Nick and Amy's point of view. Gone Girl, which is Flynn's third novel, has been a massive publishing success: this Sunday will mark its 52nd week on The Washington Post bestseller list.
The movie version of such a buzzy book was bound to get a lot of attention, and it's been a hot topic ever since the story was optioned by Reese Witherspoon. Here's what we know for CERTAIN about the film version of Gone Girl: it's being produced by Reese Witherspoon, Gillian Flynn is attached to write the screenplay, and it's being directed by -- HOORAY! -- David Fincher, who did Fight Club and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Now to the as-yet-unconfirmed-by-the-studio territory: earlier this month, Deadline reported that Ben Affleck was in negotiations to play the husband, and today brings the news that Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher, Die Another Day) has the offer to play Amy.
Oh, and get this: supposedly, Neil Patrick Harris is being considered for a supporting role. How awesome is that? And OMG WHO COULD HE BE PLAYING? (Please let it be Amy's creepy ex-boyfriend Desi!) Other roles that I'm very very interested in hearing about: Nick's sister Margo, and the student with whom [redacted for spoilers] has an affair.
I don't know much about Rosamund Pike but she definitely looks the part, and I almost always think Ben Affleck does a great job. I'm just grateful to hear Reese didn't cast herself as Amy, because I think aside from hair color, she would've been all kinds of wrong.
What do you think about Rosamund Pike as Amy in Gone Girl? Are you looking forward to the movie?
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