By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 16, 2013 at 2:13PM
UPDATE: David Fincher's big-screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's mystery thriller "Gone Girl," starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, has settled on a release date. It's slated for October 3, 2014. This is the same weekend Fincher's Oscar-winning "The Social Network" (for Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Original Score) hit theaters in 2010.
EARLIER: Tyler Perry is now confirmed to play slick attorney Tanner Bolt in David Fincher's "Gone Girl," adapted from the bestseller by Gillian Flynn. Per Deadline, Neil Patrick Harris is nearing a deal to play Desi Collings, the ex-boyfriend of the gone girl of the title, Amy Dunne (to be played by Brit actress Rosamund Pike).
Meanwhile, Kim Dickens ("Treme," "The Blind Side"), Patrick Fugit ("Thanks for Sharing," "Almost Famous") and relative newcomer Carrie Coon (upcoming TV series "Ironside") are rounding out the cast. Dickens and Fugit play the local cops on the case of Amy Dunne's disappearance, while Coon plays the twin sister of Amy's husband (to be played by Ben Affleck, who as the whole world knows will be the next Bruce Wayne/Batman).
Rosamund Pike ("Jack Reacher") has won the female lead in David Fincher's "Gone Girl." She will star opposite Ben Affleck in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's page-turning bestseller as a woman whose mysterious disappearance -- and incriminating diary -- puts her husband in the hot seat as the prime suspect.
But that's not all. Per the Hollywood Reporter, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris are being eyed for supporting roles in the film. No word yet on who they would play.
Casting Affleck makes perfect sense: He has the matinee-idol good looks and reserved manner to play the story's Nick Dunne, the all-American husband combating rumors of having killed his missing wife.