Ben Affleck Is Surrounded By Suspicion In Gone Girl Poster And Teaser

If you somehow haven't gotten around to reading Gillian Flynn's addictive and wildly popular crime novel Gone Girl yet, the latest video teaser summarizes its plot in just 19 seconds. Missing wife. Husband prime suspect. And go!

ET (via EW) tipped this teaser, which is really just an ad for the feature's full-length trailer, which will premiere on ET later today. We are chomping at the bit to get a fuller look at what director David Fincher has done to translate Gone Girl to the big screen. But in the meantime, we do have a pretty juicy montage.

In Gone Girl, Ben Affleck stars as Nick Dunne, a frustrated writer in an unhappy marriage who is the prime suspect when his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on their anniversary. In the above teaser, we get to see a bit of Nick's press conference (previously revealed in the pic's first look), a scene where he loses his cool and shatters a glass, and a physical fight between Amy and her hollering husband. "I did not kill my wife," Nick pleads. "I am not a murderer." But then the teaser seems to entreat, "Who is?" by cutting to a shot of Amy, seemingly drowned under water.

Playing into the disturbing shot is the film's first poster, which has been shared over at Digital Spy.

Gone Girl Poster

It's a teaser poster that opts not to have the name of the movie nor the names of its stars on it. Instead, the text reads "You don't know what you've got 'til it's…" hinting to "gone." As in Gone Girl. I know it's meant to be clever, but it mostly reminds of this:

Which kills the creepy vibe. Is it just me?

What is clever about this poster is how it plays into what is a too common occurrence in our 24-hours news culture, namely the endless coverage of developing investigations through a barrage of irresponsible speculation and incoherent theories. The image of two men on a boat suggests the authorities in this story are searching for the body of "Amazing Amy," painting a suitably ominous picture. Plus it's smart that Fox News gets a bit of advertising in a movie poster for a 20th Century Fox film.

Without getting into spoilers, I can tell you Gone Girl was a smarter-than-average crime thriller that demanded a lot of mulling over from its readers. It seems that Fox is looking to sell the pic with a mix of esoteric and commercial elements. Thus we get a sly (though I'd say a bit boring) poster along with a star-powered teaser. All this gears up to Gone Girl's trailer premiere in a few short hours, and its theatrical opening on October 3rd.

Kristy Puchko

Staff writer at CinemaBlend.