Ben Affleck in Talks to Star in David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Before Directing LIVE BY NIGHT; Trio Eyed for Female Lead

     July 11, 2013


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.

ben-affleck-david-fincher-gone-girlNews 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!


  • Seb

    Best Picture Oscar Winner for ARGO, not Best Director (for which he was not even nominated).

  • Brennan Umsted

    He didn’t win the Oscar, he won the Golden Globe for best Director

    • QueenCatia

      Actually, he did win the Oscar as a producer for Best Picture for ARGO…

      • Brennan Umsted

        I was saying he didn’t win the Oscar for best director he won the Golden Globe for best director. It was oscar for best director twice in there

      • QueenCatia

        Okay…I just read your words literally and therefore I responded in kind.

  • Jeremy D

    Although I’m sure Gone Girl will be great, I hate to see Live by Night pushed back. Oh well.

  • AlexC

    This guy didn’t do his research. “A film so secret, the Academy doesn’t even know who it’s director is.”

  • QueenCatia

    I would love to see Zachary Levi as Nick and Jennifer Lawrence as Amy ~ they would be my dream casting…

  • ska7triumph

    While great news development, Affleck is lucky to get this role. I never thought he’d be in the running. And again, does Collider not liking correcting major mistakes? Affleck DIDN’T WIN THE BD OSCAR. Seriously FIX THAT. BOTH SPOTS.

    • ska7triumph

      And why would Ree-Dub go for the sister role? It’s still meaty and grounded in the story. Necessary for that tight bond with NICK, that gets tested over the course of the investigation and revelations.

    • Adam Chitwood

      Honest mistake, meant to say DGA.

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  • Calderon

    As much as it is seems vastly improbable now, Affleck is now on my awards radar (in the last three films Fincher has directed, he has got his three leads acting nominations at the Oscars).

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