Gone Girl, the 2014 film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's runaway bestseller, has found its lead. Rosamund Pike, an English actress best known for supporting roles in Jack Reacher, An Education, and Fracture, has been offered the part of Amy in David Fincher's upcoming film. Pike reportedly beat out Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Natalie Portman and more for the highly coveted role.
The news comes just two weeks after it was announced that Ben Affleck would play Nick, the film's male lead and husband to Amy (Pike). The novel, and presumably the film, follows the mystery behind Amy's sudden disappearance. Nick is the prime suspect, but flashbacks and diary entries reveal that the circumstances surrounding the crime are not so simple.
But Pike's casting is likely not the only Gone Girl-related news to be released in the coming days. It's reported that Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry are both being considered for supporting roles. While no specific were given as to which parts they might play, we can imagine Harris as Desi, Amy's manipulative, smarter-than-she-thinks ex-boyfriend, and Perry as the cop who investigates her suspicious disappearance.
Gone Girl is just one of Pike's many upcoming projects. She has four other movies in the works, including A Long Way Down, based on the bestselling Nick Hornby novel, and Hector and the Search for Happiness, co-starring Simon Pegg and Toni Collette.
Gone Girl, set to begin production in September, will be produced by 20th Century Fox and Pacific Standard. Flynn is adapting from her own novel.