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David Fincher has found his Girl.
Rosamund Pike has been offered and is expected to accept the starring role opposite Ben Affleck in the 20th Century Fox mystery thriller Gone Girl, which is being co-financed 50-50 with New Regency, sources said. Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry are being eyed for supporting roles.
Pike will play a wife who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, as her husband (Affleck) becomes the prime suspect. Much of the story is told in flashbacks.
The British actress, who recently starred opposite Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher, landed the role that had Hollywood’s thirtysomething female set jockeying for the chance to work with Fincher. A number of actresses including Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman and Emily Blunt had been reported to be in the mix, but all were ruled out for various reasons including availability. Abbie Cornish and Olivia Wilde also had been considered.
Reese Witherspoon, who optioned the book last summer, is producing alongside Bruna Papandrea and Leslie Dixon.
The film is set to go into production in September.
Author Gillian Flynn adapted the screenplay from her novel, which became one of the biggest sellers of 2012.
Pike recently shot the dramedy A Long Way Down opposite Aaron Paul. The busy actress’ upcoming films also include Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin‘s What We Did on Our Holiday, Fouad Mikati‘s Return to Sender and Peter Chelsom‘s Hector and the Search for Happiness.
She is repped by UTA, Magnolia Entertainment and United Agents in the U.K.
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