'Gone Girl,' 'The Equalizer' Set for Zurich Film Festival

Gone Girl Ben Affleck - H 2013
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Bill Murray's "St. Vincent" and Ethan Hawke's "Good Kill" are also set to screen in the event's gala premiere lineup

David Fincher's Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck, and Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer with Denzel Washington will be part of the Zurich Film Festival's lineup of gala premieres.

Theodore Melfi's St. Vincent with Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts, and Andrew Niccol's Good Kill, starring Ethan Hawke, are also set to screen at the Swiss festival.

Together with the competition lineup, the gala premieres form the core of the Zurich Film Festival. Organizers on Tuesday lauded the "numerous prominent names" in the lineup of about 30 gala films. The latest titles join previously announced films in the section, including David Gordon Green's Manglehorn, starring Al Pacino, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman with Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone.

Based on the  best-seller by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl sees Nick, played by Affleck, report that his wife (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing. Amid questions from the police and a growing media frenzy, his talk of a blissful marriage soon leads to suggestions that he may have killed his wife.

Thriller The Equalizer stars Washington as a former undercover agent who faked his own death to ensure a peaceful life until he comes face to face with violent Russian gangsters.

Murray stars in melancholic comedy St. Vincent as a bitter war veteran whose life centers around alcohol, gambling and prostitution.

Good Kill features Hawke as a former pilot who controls drones fighting terrorists and faces a moral dilemma.

Also in the Zurich Gala Premiere lineup will be such films as Francois Ozon's The New Girlfriend, documentary Im Keller from Ulrich Seidl and Eden from Mia Hansen-Love, which stars Greta Gerwig.

The Swiss festival takes place Sept. 25-Oct. 5.

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