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It was around this time two years ago that we saw the release of David Fincher pitch-black mystery The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and while we haven't seen a feature from him since, that drought will end in 2014. The director is currently in the midst of crafting an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's acclaimed novel Gone Girl, and while we won't get to see the finished product until late next year, today the studio has unveiled a first look at the movie via their official Twitter account.
Being adapted by Flynn herself - making her screenwriting debut - the thriller centers on the relationship between Nick and Amy Dunne, a married couple who have hit a rough patch. Moving to a small town in Missouri from New York after Nick loses his job, Amy is miserable away from the big city, but things become scary when she disappears on the couple's fifth wedding anniversary. To make things even worse, Nick is the prime suspect and there is plenty of evidence against him. As you can see in the image, Ben Affleck is starring as Nick, while Rosamund Pike will be playing Amy. The shot seems to take place at some kind of rally in support of finding the missing woman, with Nick speaking to the crowd.
Earlier this year there was some debate whether or not Fincher would be making Gone Girl or 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea as his next project, but as you can plainly see, the former won out over the latter in the end. While the director did make some great strides towards getting his Jules Verne adaptation going, the production making big plans for shooting in Australia, but then casting issues caused yet another delay in the project's long history of stalls, leading Fincher to commit to Gone Girl as his next feature.
20th Century Fox won't have Gone Girl in theaters until October 3, 2014, so it will probably be at least a few months before we get to see the movie's first trailer. In addition to Affleck and Pike, the cast also includes Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle, Tyler Perry, Patrig Fugit, Casey Wilson, Scott McNairy, Kim Dickens and Emily Ratajkowski. Given Fincher's brilliant track record, the film is easily one of our most anticipated of the next year, and we can't wait to see more. In the meantime, relive some of Fincher's recent hits with the trailers below: