UPDATE: Yup, this might take a while. Variety reports Abbie Cornish, Olivia Wilde and Julianne Hough are all in the hunt too, have submitted audition tapes and will be meeting with Fincher in the coming weeks.
Looks like Amy Dunne may be just as hard to lock down as Lisbeth Salander. David Fincher is on the hunt for his newest heroine and just as many names seem to be popping up in connection with the female lead of “Gone Girl” as they did for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Despite earlier reports that had high profile names like Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt up for the role, THR now nixes two of them (Theron and Portman) right off the bat and adds a new contender to the mix: English actress Rosamund Pike.
Just as with “Dragon Tattoo”‘s Daniel Craig, Fincher easily filled the “Gone Girl” male lead of Nick Dunne with Ben Affleck, but finding his wife is proving a bit tougher. Certainly, Pike seems like a great fit, much better than the three previously reported names, so we’re hoping this one works out, but as THR reports, every thirty-something actress wants this role, so Fincher has another big decision in front of him. Gillian Flynn’s twisty, turny best-seller is a satirical rumination on marriage, the media and traditional gender roles. Nick and Amy Dunne appear to be the perfect couple, despite both being out-of-work writers. On their fifth anniversary she disappears, and in a ripped-from-the-headlines inevitability, he becomes the main suspect. But as the title might suggest, Amy is not merely the catalyst to jumpstart Nick’s story, but very much a presence throughout. And without spoiling too much, she has by far the juicier role. Filming is tentatively scheduled for September, so Fincher will have to get everything together fast.
The role would be a huge get for Pike, who has been steadily working for years but is still looking for that big breakout role that would propel her to the level of a Theron or a Portman. She’s known for “Pride and Prejudice”, “An Education” and most recently “Jack Reacher” opposite Tom Cruise, and recently wrapped Nick Hornby adaptation “A Long Way Down” as well as Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy conclusion “The World’s End.” A pair of indies are next, “Return to Sender” opposite Shiloh Fernandez and “French Window” opposite Josh Duhamel.