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David Fincher Photographs Rosamund Pike's Smeared Dark Side for W Magazine UPDATED

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 21, 2014 at 3:18PM

UPDATE: Rosamund Pike, aka the "Gone Girl" at the center of David Fincher's latest thriller set to hits theaters in October, graces the cover of May's W Magazine. The cover image and photo spread inside were taken by Fincher. Check it out, plus the film's recently released trailer, below.
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UPDATE: Rosamund Pike, aka the "Gone Girl" at the center of David Fincher's latest thriller set to hits theaters in October, graces the cover of May's W Magazine. The cover image and photo spread inside were taken by Fincher. Check it out, plus the film's recently released trailer, below.

Though Pike ("The World's End," "Jack Reacher") isn't yet a household name, that will all change come this fall when she stars in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller. Fincher has a knack for sensational, breakout casting (Rooney Mara, for example, was hardly known before her Oscar-nominated turn in Fincher's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), and Pike could very well follow the same rise. Due to plot twists in the story, she's not featured very much in the first trailer -- it's mostly all about Ben Affleck -- but it's a role that will require some serious chops.

Fincher also apparently takes a shine to photographing his stars for magazines. He lensed EW's cover from a couple months ago, where Affleck and Pike lie intertwined in morbid intimacy on an autopsy table.

Rosamund Pike W Magazine

EARLIER: After rolling out some footage at CinemaCon, David Fincher's "Gone Girl," starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, has a first trailer. In classic Fincher trailer fashion, the spot has an arresting song (a cover of Elvis Costello's "She" -- itself a cover of the Charles Aznavour original -- by Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs) playing throughout.

To recap, "Gone Girl" is adapted by Gillian Flynn from her own bestselling thriller. Affleck stars as an all-American husband whose wife (Pike) goes missing -- foul play is seemingly involved -- and he's put in the hot seat as the number one suspect in her would-be murder. It arrives October 3, the exact same release date "The Social Network" had four years ago. 

Meanwhile Fincher doesn't seem to be getting his wanted-for payday to direct Sony's Steve Jobs biopic, which is being adapted by "Social Network" Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin from Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography. The notoriously finicky director is demanding too much control, per THR's Kim Masters. And this after "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" cost too much to be truly profitable. He didn't land "Cleopatra," either. That movie adapted from Tracy Schiff's bestseller had Angelina Jolie attached to star and Eric Roth writing. Sony wanted Ang Lee to direct, who'd be a strong candidate for this as well. Who will step up to grab these plum assignments? These days top-notch big-budget award-targeted studio dramas that pay are as rare as hen's teeth. 

Fun fact: Per Vulture, if you call the tip line in the trailer -- 1-855-4-Amy-Tips -- you can hear an audiobook version of "Gone Girl"'s opening images.

Watch away:

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.