First-Look Image: Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s Gone Girl

First-Look Image: Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s Gone Girl

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Ben Affleck in Gone Girl 585x350 First Look Image: Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s Gone GirlDue out towards the end of next year, in what could well be awards-primed positioning from Fox, David Fincher’s adaptation of Gone Girl is understandably one of the most anticipated films of 2014.

Gillian Flynn’s original thriller novel has easily been one of the most talked-about books of the year, and when you have Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike heading up the cast, it’s easy to see why we’re all excited to see Fincher’s adaptation.

Before the year comes to a close, Fox has decided to share the first official look at Affleck in the lead on Twitter, with a little look at Pike in photo form beside him.

Check out @BenAffleck as Nick Dunne, a suspect seeking the truth in his wife’s disappearance in #GoneGirl. pic.twitter.com/BFyogUBzbT

Courtesy of Amazon, here’s the synopsis for the original novel:

Marriage can be a real killer.

One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick 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?

Affleck and Pike are joined by a great cast, starring alongside Missi Pyle, Tyler Perry, Scoot McNairy, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, and Casey Wilson.

Fincher directs from a script first written by Flynn, with Fincher subsequently working on a rewrite with the author after coming on board to direct.

Gone Girl is set to be released on October 3rd in the US, and it will be interesting to see if that positioning does indeed mean an awards campaign from Fox come Oscar season.

Ben Affleck in Gone Girl 585x388 First Look Image: Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s Gone Girl