First Look at Ben Affleck in David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Adaptation

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Ben Affleck in Gone Girl
Photo: 20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox has released the above first look picture of Ben Affleck in Gone Girl, the movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel.

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Flynn adapted the screenplay which centers on a woman (Rosamund Pike) that goes missing on the day of her fifth wedding anniversary. Her husband, Nick Dunne (Affleck), becomes a prime suspect. The film co-stars Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens and Patrick Fugit and is set to hit theaters on October 3, 2014.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media--as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents--the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter--but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn't do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

  • JN Films

    All I get out of this is that Fincher's style of lighting is the same, which is good.

  • Driver

    One of my most anticipated for 2014, and trust me, is not because of this picture. I'll say though, the colour palette really reminds me of the one in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which could mean Fincher has a similar language up for this one. Not a problem with me.

  • Israel Valencia

    Having read the book I like this brief look as this shot is part of a pivotal scene

  • themoviewatcher

    One of my most anticipated of next year having read and loved the book.

  • deerhunter

    Hmmm. I would figure David Fincher be more "ambitious" and tackle an adaptation of something more literary and prestgious. I have read one of Gillian Flynn's other novels - Sharp Objects - a few years back and was not that impressed with her style of narrative. A little derivative and bland...but who knows maybe this novel was worth adapting. Still have my doubts.

    • GregDinskisk

      Have you read this one? If you haven't, I'm not sure you can call it unambitious...

      • deerhunter

        I never called it "unambitious"...I am primarily judging the adaptation based on Flynn's other, earlier novel which I make clear in my comments. Please don't put words that I have not used into my comments.

        • GregDinskisk

          Unambitious wasn't the right choice of words, but it seems that you're already being relatively negative towards this production because of the author who wrote a book you weren't fond of, which isn't this one.

  • Carlos.

    The still should be 'The Smile' moment. But maybe that's spoiler-y.
    This is my most anticipated movie of 2014 so I'll take anything.

  • Exxdee13

    I liked the book, can't wait to see Fincher's take on it. Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris are also why I'm excited.

  • robotsrule

    I know nothing about the story so I'm going to try to avoid trailers and spoilers given that Fincher is often attracted to material with surprise endings.

  • Django

    Anything Fincher does is great in my opinion. Even the much hated Alien 3 is something i consider to be something of a masterpiece in sci fi.

  • lalecture

    I absolutely loved the book. I hope Fincher stays true to the story telling style that Flynn used. Although it may be that the film version would be better served if told in a linear fashion.
    I am interested to see how this project unfolds.
    As far as the above photo, it seems somewhat abstract to me. Nevertheless, I have high hopes for this film.

  • kathrynlynn

    I didn't personally enjoy the book very much, it was well written, and interesting, twisted characters... so I'm intrigued to see what Fincher does with this narrative.

  • John W

    Loved the book can't wait to see the movie.

  • The Jackal

    This is the type of film Ben Affleck should stick to in the future. Not ridiculous trash like Runner Runner. With his current status, he can continue working with top-notch talent.