How better to sell your upcoming missing-persons thriller than to have Oscar winner Ben Affleck snuggling up to a corpse – albeit a pretty corpse, played by the beautiful Rosamund Pike>
Those who have yet to read Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel Gone Girl might view the above cover shot for Entertainment Weekly as a bit of a spoiler. So Pike’s character dies? From what I knew, her character, Amy, had gone missing for an extended period after she and her husband, Nick (Affleck), moved from New York City to the Midwest. And Nick is the prime suspect in her murder… even though the reader isn’t supposed to know if she’s actually dead.
Until they look at the above image, I guess.
EW says that David Fincher, who is directing the movie for 20th Century Fox, shot this photo for the magazine cover. Of his approach to the material and its disturbing characters, Fincher tells EW:
"I don’t know what ‘likable’ is. I know people who are doting parents, who give to charity, drive Priuses, all those things, who are insufferable a-?-holes. I like people who get s?-?-?- done."
Any time Fincher gets behind the lens, we’re excited. His credits include the brilliant Zodiac, Fight Club, Se7en and The Game. He notoriously helmed the U.S. adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and admits to EW that he might have been "too beholden" to his source material with that film. Don’t expect that to happen with Gone Girl. Flynn actually tells EW:
There was something thrilling about taking this piece of work that I’d spent about two years painstakingly putting together with all its eight million LEGO pieces and take a hammer to it and bash it apart and reassemble it into a movie."
We’ll get to see Gone Girl in October. It actually reaches theaters on Oct. 3. And when he isn’t busy promoting this film, Affleck will be stepping into the biggest role of his illustrious career when he plays Bruce Wayne in Zack Snyder’s still-untitled Batman-Superman movie. Before this EW cover came out, Fox shared a first-look photo of Affleck in Fincher’s movie. I’m thrilled by the fact that Affleck, coming off of a Best Picture like Argo, gets to push himself in a Fincher movie. The director isn’t afraid to test his male actors, getting grisly performances from the likes of ruggedly handsome men like Brad Pitt and Daniel Craig. Affleck’s an underrated actor who gets more credit for his directing s of late. Gone Girl might remind us what a versatile actor he can be.