We’ve not had much to say about David Fincher’s latest big screen project (since 2011’s remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo he has worked on Netflix’s House of Cards) since reporting here on Ben Affleck taking the lead role. But preparations have continued and Rosamund Pike is now co-starring, along with Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Emily Ratajkowski, Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon and Neil Patrick Harris.
By anyone’s reckoning, that’s a pretty varied cast, with ultra-busy producer/actor/brand Perry being an utterly different proposition to, say, NPH and someone like Dickens, with loads of really solid TV and film character work under her belt (Treme, Deadwood, Thank You For Smoking) being in another different bracket. Given Fincher’s ability to craft compelling drama as well as draw out top-drawer acting performances, the whole eclectic ensemble is clearly in safe hands for this tale of a man searching for his missing wife, who disappears on their wedding anniversary.
A release date of early October 2014 has now been set for the US, though the rest of us remain unsure as to when we’ll see it. An autumn release date suggests one eye on awards, now pretty much a given for Fincher after the critical praise lavished on almost all of his work and especially the run of award nominations for Zodiac, Benjamin Button and The Social Network. For those who have read the book on which Gone Girl is based, one presumes there will be few surprises, but it looks like the sort of compelling mixture of drama, thrills and mystery that suits Fincher to a T.