In the summer of 2012, you couldn't go anywhere without spotting someone reading Gillian Flynn's heralded novel Gone Girl. The thriller, about a man who is the key suspect when his lovely wife goes missing, became a New York Times Bestseller and essential reading for anyone who loves a good mystery. Without going into spoiler territory, I can tell you two things. First off, the book is madly addictive, the kind of read that makes you resent every responsibility in your life because it gets in the way of you tearing through the next chapter. (Skip lunch. Who needs sleep!?)

Secondly, Flynn's novel worked on a surprising level where it forced the reader to reconsider everything they thought they knew, every few chapters. What could have been a cheap gimmick (or a frustrating one) became an intoxicating device in the hands of this talented storyteller. And now its translation has been handed off to a fascinating filmmaker.

David Fincher has helmed a string of adaptations, from the dark drama Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the mind-bending Fight Club, to non-fiction-inspired films like Zodiac and The Social Network. He's got a bold sense of style and a gift for sick and shocking twists, making him perfect for this complicated missing-person tale. Making Gone Girl even more intriguing is Fincher's casting choices, which have ranged from the sensible to the startling. With a cast that boasts Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy, Casey Wilson and one of the women from the "Blurred Lines" video, we could tell you we know what to expect from this movie adaptation. But we'd be lying through our teeth.

Release Date: October 3, 2014

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