Here's Who David Fincher Wants to Play Amy in his Adaptation of Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl"

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Here's Who David Fincher Wants to Play Amy in his Adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 17, 2013 | Comments ()

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Have you read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl? You should. You really should. It’s one of the most page-turniest novels I’ve read in years (it was so good, in fact, that I ended up reading Flynn’s earlier works, as well which are also excellent). It’s not “great” fiction — it has that same kind of addictive quality that Donna Tartt’s Secret History had. It begins as a kind of benign story about a couple of New Yorkers who move back to the heartland to the husband’s hometown, but at some point about a third of the way through the novel, it introduces a jaw dropping twist. Those twists never stop coming, either.

It’s a great book, and I actually only picked it up after I heard that David Fincher would be directing a movie version of it, thinking that Fincher has phenomenal taste in novels, so how could I go wrong? The book is right up his alley, too, and he’s already cast his Nick, who will be played by Ben Affleck. He’s kind of perfect for the role: Nice guy, charming, but with a sleazy quality brimming underneath.

For Amy, Fincher wants (but has not yet officially cast) Rosamund Pike, who is not someone I would’ve considered (I pictured Rosemarie Dewitt in the role). But, thinking about it, Pike is also kind of perfect: She’s gorgeous and likable, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to think she’s capable of more than being a lonely housewife stuck in middle America.

It’s a good call, and who turns down Fincher? You gotta think she’ll eventually land the role.

(Source: THR)

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  • the dude

    The jaw-dropping twist that everyone talks about was incredibly predictable. IMO there's only one very cool twist, and that's the way it ends, which they could very well change to have a hollywood ending.

  • competitivenonfiction

    I wouldn't be surprised at all if it were changed. No way will it test well with the minivan majority.

  • dizzylucy

    I've only read Gone Girl and Dark Places - off to see what else she has, because I really liked both, dark as they were.

    I can't say I've ever seen Rosamund in anything, but am glad to hear Fincher is doing the film, and I can definitely see Affleck as Nick.

  • Repo

    I dunno. I like her on occasion, but she was the worst part of the otherwise really solid Jack Reacher.

  • jlc1967

    I have mixed feelings about the book -- couldn't put it down but damn, those were some screwy people.
    I applaud this casting, though. Have a huge girlcrush on Rosamund.

  • e jerry powell

    Her breasts look tortured in that top.

  • Genevieve Burgess

    She's just got sit-down boobs is all. Some ladies, when they take their bras off their girls keep standing up, and some sit down. I think it's a density thing. I'm speaking generally of natural boobs, as basically ALL fake boobs are stand-up boobs.

  • You obviously have thought this through.

  • e jerry powell

    So fake boobs do open mikes at The Comedy Store?

    (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

  • Genevieve Burgess

    I have seen some that were pretty funny.

  • BWeaves

    OOOO, good one.

    Although, I know very few women over a cup size A whose breasts sit up without a bra on.

  • kirbyjay

    Because fake boobs have scaffolding to hold them up.

  • BWeaves

    That's what real breasts look like when they're not squished in a push up bra or stuffed to bursting from within with silicone. They look good. They look real. They do NOT look tortured.

  • e jerry powell

    Then they are unique among the breasts of the entertainment industry.

  • birdgal

    oooohh, I like this casting! To be honest, the age thing doesn't bother me, as it's not pivotal for the story to work. On another note: I HAAATTTED 'Secret History' and there was nothing 'addicting' about it, just a lot of whining. It drove me bonkers, so please, don't compare it to this book!

  • Captain_Tuttle

    Thank you, birdgal - I was about to say precisely this. Only much less articulately. And maybe with a few more AAAAs in "HAAAA[AAAA]TED 'Secret History.'"

    So, Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck? The age difference isn't awful, although in the book I believe Amy was older. I'll be interested to see how it turns out - I'm still not sure if I loved, enjoyed, or felt other things about the book, mostly because I'm still coming to terms with the ending. I have my own ideas about what happened after the book ends.

  • Bodhi

    Her second book, The Little Friend, was REALLY good. I like it much better than Secret History

  • jen

    I actually hated this book. As well as all other Gillian Flynn novels. First and foremost, I just COMPLETELY loathe every single one of her characters. They're all terrible people. All of them.

  • LizLemon

    Man i hated this book too! I just cannot understand the love it gets, at all. Its basic premise does seem like it'd make a pretty kick ass movie so I imagine I'll end up seeing it anyways.

  • Untamed

    Tried, could never get into it. The main characters are so damn smug and self important. The entire novel was phoniness masking as depth.

  • dizzylucy

    I too loathed the characters, and sometimes that can make me hate a book. With this one though, I found the story so gripping it didn't matter.

  • Whatever4

    I couldn't finish "Gone Girl" - it felt excruciatingly cynical and manipulative to me - in contrast to "Dark Places" and "Sharp Objects," both of which had protagonists who were incredibly fucked up. Unlike "Gone Girl," though, there was an underlying sense of humanity in both those books and their protagonists.

  • John W

    I hated the way it ended but I enjoyed the rest of it.

  • Carrie/Teabelly

    That's what I like about them. It helps set me on edge and is entirely refreshing instead of the usual good guys you get in novels like those. I think it hit me more with Gone Girl, since I remember being like 'aargh I hate both of you!!' when reading, but her other books have aspects of it too. I would read anything else she writes, they're addictive.

  • Bodhi

    Ditto. I liked Sharp Object the best of her 3 even though the protagonist was one of the most fuck up characters I've ever come across. That would be a super creepy movie

  • Genevieve Burgess

    The ONLY small quibble I have with this is that in the book Amy is older than Nick. Rosamund Pike is obviously not older than Ben Affleck. It won't affect the story in a huge way, but it does come up in the book a few times.

    Otherwise she's beautiful, and I think she'd do a great job. Fingers crossed.

  • Slim

    I think they will drop that element out of the film. While it adds a characterization layer, the plot isn't effected without it.

    Affleck's supposed douche-face will serve him well in this role. Rosamund is definitely gorgeous enough and can bring the vulnerable part - but Amy needs a lot of range and I just haven't seen her in that kind of role yet. Maybe I have missed something she was stellar in?

  • Sherry

    I agree. I think that Ben Affleck will be a great Nick--charming/smarmy--but the age difference thing does bug me just a bit. And I would agree with the original post: If you haven't read this book, it's a must. I just finished re-reading it for like the third time; it's one of those that once you finish, you should re-read with new eyes. If that makes a lick of sense...

  • koko temur

    Is this post supposed to be a companion to yesterdays manfur bonanza?

  • BWeaves

    I don't know. This works for me, too, and I'm a straight woman.

  • koko temur

    Oh, im not complaining. It works for me too.

  • John W

    She's gorgeous. This is not a knock against Lena Headey who I adore, but Rosamund is who I've always pictured in my mind when I think of Cersei Lannister.

  • Natallica

    I'm hetero. But I just can't stop staring at her boobs. No, really, my boss sits in the desk behind mine and it's getting me nervous, but I CAN'T STOP, HELP ME!

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Unfortunately, she slimmed so much down that they are pretty much gone now.

  • BWeaves

    I'm so glad I work from home.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Oh my god yes. She's perfect. Up to read the article.

  • lowercase_ryan


    yes please.

    Do we have a creepy font?

  • I think courier works for creepy in this modern age...

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    I believe Maguita has

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    The jaw-dropping twist that
    everyone talks about was incredibly predictable. IMO there's only one
    very cool twist, and that's the way it ends, which they could very well
    change to have a hollywood ending.

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