While Ben Affleck has been busy prepping his next directorial feature, the period Dennis Lehane adaptation Live by Night, it appears that he’ll be making time for another acting gig before going into production on his Argo follow-up. What director would cause Affleck to push back his first directorial project after winning the DGA Award, you might ask? Well David Fincher, of course. Affleck is now in talks to lead Fincher’s adaptation of the Gillian Flynn bestselling novel Gone Girl, which will solidify the pic as Fincher’s next film. Hit the jump for more on this exciting development, including which Oscar winning actresses are being eyed for the female lead.
News of Affleck’s casting comes via Deadline, which notes that should the deal make, Fincher will finally be getting behind the camera on another feature film following 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He has been trying to get a big-budget adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea off the ground for some time now, with the latest update on the Disney project being that production was being pushed back to 2014 so that Fincher’s desired cast will be available. Now, with Affleck poised to sign on to Fox’s Gone Girl, it appears that Fincher will be making a smaller scale dramatic thriller as his next film.
For those unfamiliar, the book enters on a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to him as the woman’s killer. Affleck had been poised to start production on Live by Night this fall, but Deadline reports that the plan is to push that film back to early 2014 in order to film Gone Girl this fall instead. Even with the move, Affleck would presumably still be able to finish Live by Night in time to make its proposed late 2014 release date. Having just won Best Picture at the Oscars, WB understandably has high hopes for Affleck’s next directorial effort.
Reese Witherspoon is involved with Gone Girl as a producer, but she’s not expected to take an acting role in the film. The Wrap reports that Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, and Emily Blunt are all being considered for the female lead, so hopefully we hear firm word on that front soon. Great news all around, folks!