U.S. Release Date: 10/3/14
Deception, savage secrets, projected images and disguises bombard a marriage in Gone Girl – a big screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best- selling novel.
David Fincher, known for such dark entries as Se7en, Zodiac and the American adaptation of The Girl with The Dragon Tatoo, is behind the directorial reigns, while Flynn has also hammered out the screenplay.
The married couple at the center of the story, which delves into the murkiest depths of human behavior and relationships, is Nick (Ben Affleck), a former writer, and cool socialite, Amy (Rosamund Pike).
On the fifth wedding anniversary, Nick arrives home to find the front door ajar, furniture scattered all over his living room. Of Amy, there appears to be absolutely no sign. Cops become involved, Nick is thrust right into the media spotlight, and eventually becomes the number one suspect in Amy’s disappearance.
“People love watching a movie where they don’t know where it’s going to go next. They go to the movies to be surprised,” says Fincher.
The director says Affleck was the perfect choice to bring across the charm exhibited by Nick during moments when the character is required to stand in front of a poster of his missing wife.
“Obviously Ben had the chops. But there was also something in him… something in the smile. Nick has to stand in front of Amy’s poster and be goaded into a reaction. I think most actors probably spend a lot of their lives trying to avoid the kinds of horrible situations Nick is in.”
As for his on screen partner, Affleck says the actress – who played a Bond girl in Die Another Day and who went on to star in Pride and Prejudice, Jack Reacher and World’s End – was perfectly ripe for the role.
“A big part of this movie, at least from my point of view, is the constant calibration of where each of the characters stands as they keep shifting and evolving – so that sense of mystery in Amy was very important to the whole enterprise.”
Pike – loved the book’s journey into the darker world of marital bliss. She especially recalls being drawn instantly towards the book’s inky, x-ray view of the underside of marital bliss.
“I was quite intrigued by this idea of marriage as con game – the idea that we’re all selling a version of ourselves,” she muses. “And Amy is such a remarkable creation. It fascinated me that she is always performing, perhaps in part because it points back to the life of an actor. The challenge of being Amy is that nothing that happens with her is quite what it seems on the surface.”
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: David Fincher
Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry.
Screenwriters: Gillian Flynn
Executive Producers: Leslie Dixon and Bruna Papandrea.
Quote Source: Twentieth Century Fox