New Names Surface in Hunt for ‘Gone Girl’

Gone Girl Contenders

David Fincher and Fox also considering Rosamund Pike

Now that Ben Affleck is locked in to star in David Fincher’s adaptation of “Gone Girl” for Fox and New Regency, the search has turned to which actress will play the title character.

Sources tell Variety that Abbie Cornish, Olivia Wilde and Julianne Hough have submitted audition tapes and will meet with Fincher in the coming weeks. Rosamund Pike has not tested yet but sources say the studio and Fincher are also interested in her as well.

Though a story in the Hollywood Reporter said Pike was the front-runner, sources say while Fincher likes her, he is currently scouting for the film and will not make any decision until he has begun meeting actresses.

After Affleck became involved with the project last week, reports surfaced that Emily Blunt, Natalie Portman and Charlize Theron were being eyed. Sources close to Theron say she has no interest in pursuing the role and other insiders say Blunt and Portman’s schedules would not allow them to do it.

Budget considerations could be one factor in the choice: With Affleck coming on board, actresses like Theron or Portman may be out of range.

Given the popularity of the book and the talent that it is now attracting, the project has now become a top priority for the studio.

The Gillian Flynn novel, which has sold more than 2 million copies, is the dark and suspenseful story of a woman who disappears on the day of her fifth wedding anniversary. Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce through their Pacific Standard banner along with Leslie Dixon.

A bidding war ensued last summer when the book, which spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, was offered to studios, and Fox paid seven figures to outbid studios including Universal.

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  1. JSH says:

    Claire Danes!!!

  2. Stacy Zitek says:

    Taylor Schilling would be perfect as Amy. And Jennifer Carpenter as Go.

  3. Pat says:


  4. Focus 2.0 says:

    Kristen Stewart!…

  5. Ka says:

    Kate Bosworth or Kate Mara for a nice counter-intuitive and likely more successful casting.

  6. Frank Anzalone says:

    Reese Witherspoon

  7. Ibis1965 says:

    Cast Jennifer Lawrence in Gone Girl.

  8. NDR says:

    Jennifer Aniston fits the age requirement or Jennifer Garner

  9. Just Confused says:

    Is this not the COMEBACK ROLE of comeback roles to restore the luster that once was Lindsay Lohan?

    BE BRAVE, Hollywood….make a winner….make a mint and SAVE THIS WOMAN’S professional LIFE!

    step in Ben…she can do this…and you will have a major highpoint in your lifetime filmography……..or am I…..

  10. Mark says:

    Emma Stone or Olivia Munn

  11. Jess says:

    I’m sorry, but Julianne Hough’s name shouldn’t even be included in rumors.

  12. Kimberly says:

    Rosamund Pike is perfect.

  13. Ben Affleck is 41. That means the title character needs to be 45, 46. But Hollywood dumbos wil cast a twenty-something or thirty-something ‘cos that’s how they roll, you know.

  14. Pete says:

    Cornish is in a league above Wilde and Hough (really David?).

  15. Lori says:

    The wife character needs to be older – she’s closer to 40 than 30, so I really hope they pick someone who is mature enough to handle the role. Kate Upton is 21 – way too young for that role…maybe the mistress – but she’s a model with limited experience. There have to be better options out there.

  16. dotty says:

    I like Kate Upton quite a bit and she’s still affordable, pick her. She’s talented, beautiful, down to earth, doesn’t drink or do drugs, good role model for all ages. So her or give an unknown a big break, that would be so great!

    • Lucas says:

      She is also a horrendous actress. Her cameo appearance from The Three Stooges shows that.
      And, given the roles of the women in the novel that will more than likely show up in the adaptation, her clean-cut appearance would be wasted.

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