Well, You've Ruined It Now, Fincher. You May As Well Recast Katherine Heigl for the Female Lead in "Gone Girl"
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Well, You've Ruined It Now, Fincher. You May As Well Recast Katherine Heigl for the Female Lead in Gone Girl

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | September 5, 2013 | Comments ()


I loved Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and it’s one of those books where I was honestly excited about the film adaption. David Fincher was onboard as director, and that’s just perfect. I have total faith! Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike were cast as the leads, and while they’re not exactly what I was picturing, they work! I’m totally cool with them. Neil Patrick Harris, we hear, is near a deal to play Desi Collins, the wife’s former boyfriend, and that’s great! Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon have also been cast, and I’m cool with that, too, even though I have no idea who Carrie Coon is.

But this? Tyler Perry? As Tanner Bolt, the sleazy attorney who reps Affleck’s character after his wife disappears? Come on, Fincher? And what’s this? He cast him based on what he saw in Alex Cross? DID HE ACTUALLY SEE ALEX CROSS? That movie was so f*cking awful that Idris Elba called Tyler Perry up after he saw it thanked him for stealing the role away. He was terrible. Awful. No good, bad.

That role does not belong to Tyler Perry, damnit. No. NO NO NO. You may as well put the damn wig on him and call him Medea because you’ve destroyed this movie, Fincher.

Damnit. NO.

(Source: Deadline)

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  • Devin McMusters

    I get the headline. Just as Tyler Perry ruined Alex Cross, Katherine Heigl ruined Stephanie Plum. Of course, we'll also never forgive Tom Cruise for ruining Reacher.

  • e jerry powell

    Lots of shit doesn't belong to Tyler Perry, but it all ends up under his Christmas tree anyway. Apparently this one was not a gimme, because neither Lionsgate nor TPS had anything to do with it.

    I am still planning his destruction, but apparently I need to step things up.

  • Batman

    Haven't read the book but could his character only be in the movie for a minute like in Star Trek?

  • Brady

    Serious question: Does this mean Tyler Perry will play both Tanner Bolt AND Tanner's wife Betsy?

  • googergieger

    I'm indifferent to Fincher.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    I say that this was the most confusing headline and picture pairing that I've ever seen on this site.

  • Ben

    Would Alex Cross have been so bad if it was Idris Elba instead of Tyler Perry? I can't lie, I just figured it would suck with Tyler Perry as Cross. But if it was Elba I think I would have been more willing to watch it.

  • $6950553

    Elba makes almost anything watchable. Luther is a poorly written show in season 2 but Elba almost makes it work by his sheer presence.

  • cgthegeek

    Toilet Paper was only 75% the problem with that movie.

  • prince_of_montagu

    I had Tanner Bolt as more of an Armie Hammer kind of look. I'm all for color-blind casting but Tyler Perry? We'll see.

  • grr arrgh

    This begs the question who would be a better Tanner Bolt? I don't remember if Bolt is described specifically as black or not in the novel. I just remember "Greasy, sleazy defense attorney". Considering Perry has the charisma of a block of wood, there's no way he can do slimy. Also, NPH as Desi? Uh..well...okay. I was picturing someone closer to Eric Balfour, at least in terms of look.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    Wait, wait, wait, wait...you mean they cast Madea in this, right? Tyler Perry is just one of the characters/personas created by Madea to promote her films.

  • Sherry

    I remember making a terrible joke on here about a month ago about them casting Madea to play Nick's twin. So...I'm actually a bit relieved, especially after I saw the header photo and was terrified that Fincher had done just that.

  • Jezzer

    This is a transparent attempt to bring Pookie back to the comments. I'm onto you, Rowles.

  • Why isn't Patrick Fugit in more things?

  • "David Fincher's Why Did I Get Married?"

  • Becks

    I feel very strongly that Gwyneth Paltrow would be perfect as the lead. Ben Affleck is pretty good casting though.

    Is the source credible about the Perry casting news because it just doesn't sound right at all? I don't buy NPH as Desi either. I hope this is all just gossip.

  • Ruby

    I love NPH, but as Desi... meh. NPH is nice and charming. I also pictured Desi as a handsome guy who looks slightly creepy/stalkerish.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I'm not sure NPH has the right level of menace to pull off Desi, I would want someone more predatory. I kinda pictured a Matt Bomer - someone objectively beautiful but with something off simmering below the surface.

  • Another Jen

    Just saw 'Stoker' and now I'm thinking about Matthew Goode as Desi. It totally works.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    That's brilliant. Even better than Bomer actually!

  • Another Jen

    Tom Hiddleston was who I pictured when I read the book.

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