There’s a new trailer for David Fincher’s hotly anticipated Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling psychological thriller, hitting the web later today, and Fox has been teasing its arrival with four “evidence posters,” which work to conjure up the film’s grim, detached treatment of the destroyed marriage at its core.
Gone Girl tells the story of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), a man who comes home one day to find his house trashed and his beautiful wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) missing. Forced to assume the worst, he enlists the help of the police and community in searching for Amy, and the hunt for her gets coverage across the country. But as the police continue to investigate, and the media scrutinizes Nick about every last detail of his marriage, incongruencies emerge. To many, Nick becomes the number one suspect, and his lies and strange behavior pushes some to question whether Nick is a terrified, desperate husband – or his wife’s killer.
With Fincher, one of the greatest directors of our times, working to bring Gone Girl to the big screen, and Flynn credited with writing the screenplay herself, fans of dark thrillers are surely in for a massive treat. The film, which co-stars Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon and Emily Ratajkowski, has recently been rated R by the MPAA for “a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language,” so it doesn’t look like Fincher is going to hold back in bringing the darkness of Flynn’s novel to vivid, disturbing life.
Flynn has gone on record as saying that the movie version of Gone Girl differs significantly from her book and isn’t told in exactly the same way, so it should be interesting to see how the adaptation compares to the source material. With a cast as talented as the one here, I’ll be excited to see it even if nothing but the basic premise of Gone Girl stays intact – though a novel as twisted as Flynn’s and a filmmaker as dark and moody as Fincher seem to be a match made in cinematic heaven, at least on paper.
Gone Girl is expected to open the New York Film Festival, and it will head into theaters on October 3rd, likely as one of this fall’s biggest Oscar contenders.