First ‘Gone Girl’ Image: Ben Affleck Searches for his Missing Wife

Published 1 year ago by , Updated December 29th, 2013 at 7:01 am,

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2013 brought us several worthwhile auteur projects, and 2014 looks to be no different. In addition to new – and original – offerings from the likes of Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), there’s going to be a new David Fincher release in the shape of Gone Girl: the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel, and a return to the contemporary noir/mystery genre for the Seven and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director.

Flynn wrote the Gone Girl film script based on her source novel (published in 2012), which revolves around the married couple Nick and Amy Elliott Dunne (Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in Fincher’s movie): a couple who’s been struggling since Nick – a former reputable journalist – lost his job and the pair moved from New York to Nick’s Missouri hometown. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy mysteriously vanishes and the sordid truth about her dysfunctional relationship with Nick comes to light – but is Nick really the one responsible for her disappearance?

Well… maybe, but that doesn’t mean Nick is also dumb enough to not at least appear concerned about his missing wife’s safety and make a public effort to track her down, as the first image from Gone Girl illustrates:


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Relative newcomer Carrie Coon – also starring in Damon Lindelof’s The Leftovers TV series in 2014 – plays the key role of Nick’s twin sister Margo, while the supporting cast is rounded out by the likes of actor/filmmaker Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Patrick Fugit (Thanks for Sharing) and Kim Dickens (Treme).

Gone Girl has the makings of another unsettling slow-burn thriller from Fincher, complete with an intriguing premise and glisteningly dark videography of the director’s Fight Club, The Social Network and Dragon Tattoo cinematographer, Jeff Cronenweth. The story is one that should be especially troubling for married and/or long-term couples, seeing how it’s a Hitchcockian look at the psychological effects of maintaining a relationship (especially, one full of compromises) – as was Flynn’s intention when she wrote the original book.

For the rest of us, though, Gone Girl seems a bit like David Fincher’s version of This Is 40 – which, to be fair, could be pretty awesome.


Gone Girl opens in U.S. theaters on October 3rd, 2014.

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  1. looking Forward !! bru….

  2. Should be interesting, Fincher’s last two movies gave his lead stars Oscar nominations and gave the star in his television show an Emmy nomination also. I wonder if Affleck will get one.

  3. Now just look at the top image….. can anybody seriously say that they cant picture Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman ?
    In That picture he certainly looks like a more experienced and weathered Wayne/Batman
    He’s going to kick some serious butt in that role.

      • uhmmm…Lets bring up Heath Ledger…… did you see A Knights Tale, Broke Back Mountain, 10 Things I Hate About You, Candy, Brothers Grimm, The Order, Casanova?

        Did you see the Joker on any of those roles? How did heath turn out?

        Give Batfleck a chance, every single actor on MOS gave a good performance….. just relax.

        • Relax? I didn’t know I was riled about about anything. I was just being honest and expressing my skepticism.I’m not seeing the connection but that doesn’t mean it will never happen.

          (Also DareDevil is a pretty damn close analog for Batman, whereas Ledger had done nothing even remotely comparable)

  4. With the debate that’s been going on about Affleck ever since it was announced he will be Batman it’s his role in Gone Girl that has me the most curious.
    I’m hard pressed to think of any other role he’s had that requires so much from him.
    Having read the book I know that from the very first scene Affleck will have to be at his best, better than anything I can think of him doing before. If not even though the movie is being directed by David Fincher (my favorite director working today) it can fall apart rather quickly.

  5. The ending to the book was really disappointing. A bit anti-climactic if you ask me. Hope they work on it a little more.

    Anyway, Ben Affleck, for once, is perfect for a role. Just look at that face, don’t you want to punch it? That’s Nick Dunne in the flesh for you. Rosamund Pike though, I don’t know, she’s a beauty but I just put my faith on Fincher on this one. Guy never made a bad movie. And yes, I liked Alien 3.

  6. Is this supposed to be “Gone Baby Gone” part 2?

    • I also thought that, man. But the book is a little different than Lehane’s… I mean, is the same premise, but the story is different.

  7. Not sure if Ultraman plays in this one,but if he does he will surely save the day !

  8. I read the book. It was great. There are a lot of twists in this one. I can’t wait to see the movie.