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We Read It: Casting David Fincher's Potential Next Movie 'Gone Girl'

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist March 15, 2013 at 2:44PM

It's been in the works for a while now, but according to Deadline last night, geek favorite David Fincher is inching closer to signing on to an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel "Gone Girl." The novel, by the former EW staffer who already had some success with thrillers "Sharp Objects" and "Dark Places" (that are also both being developed for movies), was snapped up by Reese Witherspoon not long after publication, and rave reviews and word-of-mouth have seen it become a literary phenomenon over the last year or so. Even if you haven't read it yourself, you probably know plenty of people who have, or at least have seen a subway car full of people carrying it.
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Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
Yeah, we know we pretty much suggest her for every role out there. But having just taken a second-spin of "Zero Dark Thirty," we're more convinced than ever that Chastain's a once-in-a-generation talent, and only a fool would be upset by the idea of her starring here. Like Amy, she's in her mid 30s, and she's already proven that she's capable of warmth and silliness ("The Help"), and more cerebral, chilly turns ("ZDT," "The Debt"). This summer, she does have Liv Ullman's "Miss Julie" on her schedule, but if that's not a problem, we're sure Fincher would be keen to work with her.

Claire Danes
Having given her career a new act with "Homeland," Claire Danes hasn't quite capitalized on her success yet, mainly because she had a baby after filming the second season. But her Emmy-winning success is bound to make her more in demand than she was before, and we wonder if she might end up coming to Fincher's attention as a result. She's a touch too young, but in the right sort of ballpark, and again, "Homeland" has proven that she's been able to make a dark character more sympathetic than many could. Perhaps she's not the A-list movie star of some of her rivals, but she would be a good fit.

Rooney mara
Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara is becoming a regular Fincher collaborator after "The Social Network" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," and the filmmaker's said to be dying to work with her again. While "Gone Girl" could be another vehicle for her, there's a couple of issues here. Firstly, at 27, Mara's significantly younger than the character, although again, there's no major reason Amy couldn't be aged down. However, her role in Steven Soderbergh "Side Effects" does have some crossover with the part in "Gone Girl," which may not be something Mara is interested in. But if they feel that they can find a new spin on the character, she might be the most likely possibility.

Rashida Jones
She might have had a fairly brief role in "The Social Network," but Rashida Jones has an advantage over many of these actresses in that she's worked with Fincher before. Hers maybe not a name that comes to mind at first, but given that Jones is the daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton, she can probably identify with aspects of the character's background. And while she hasn't always had a chance to stretch her dramatic chops, she's generally impressed when she has. It'd be a real roll of the dice, and one that we imagine the studio would be resistant to, but it'd be interesting to see if she was up to the challenge. 

Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams
A decade on from "Dawson's Creek," Michelle Williams has firmly proven herself as one of the finest actresses of her generation, with three Oscar nominations to date. Fincher's one of the auteurs she hasn't yet worked with, but we reckon they'd be a terrific match, and the part suits her down to the ground. With "Oz The Great & Powerful" giving her a degree of box-office bona-fides, she's probably a viable choice to lead the film, so if Fincher ultimately decides against Mara, or some of the other obvious names, Williams could easily knock this out of the park.

Honorable Mentions: Other names that could fit, even if they're not immediately obvious ones, include Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Sienna Miller, Ruth Wilson, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara and Andrea Riseborough

The Director & Writer: Right now, the film has a writer -- Gillian Flynn's been adapting her own novel, and if Deadline's story is correct, Fincher is inching ever closer to committing to the project as his next movie. From what we hear, though, Flynn's script isn't all the way there yet, and as such, don't be surprised if another writer is brought on. Scott Z. Burns seems like the obvious choice, given that he penned the not-dissimilar "Side Effects," and that he's been working with Fincher on "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea." And what if Fincher decides to make something else, be it the Disney adventure or "The Girl Who Played With Fire" or something else entirely? Well, the novel's so zeitgeisty right now that we suspect the project would move forward anyway, and our pick for a potential replacement, should Fincher fall out, would be "Martha Marcy May Marlene" helmer Sean Durkin. He's already proven with his debut that he's got a mastery of fractured, time-hopping mysteries and can get excellent performances. But what do you think? Is Fincher the man for the job? Do you have a favorite of our casting picks, or do you have your own suggestions? Let us know in the comments section below.


This article is related to: Features, We Read It, Gone Girl, David Fincher


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