Rosamund Pike lands the lead in Gone Girl movie

The British actress will star opposite Ben Affleck in the big screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel

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It’s been this year’s must-read thriller so it was a no brainer for Hollywood to cash in. But ever since the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl was first announced, the film world has been clamouring to learn who would be playing the lead role. 

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The answer was today revealed as British actress Rosamund Pike – last seen opposite Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher – who will portray former New York writer Amy, a disgruntled housewife who mysteriously disappears from the suburban home she shares with her husband, Nick. 

Ben Affleck will star as her spouse who is swiftly labelled the prime suspect when his wife disappears without a trace on their fifth wedding anniversary. How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry (Madea Goes to Jail) are also reportedly being lined up for supporting roles.

Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman and Emily Blunt all tested for the coveted role, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but it was Pike who beat off the competition from LA’s crowd of eager thirty-something actresses.

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The rights to the book were bought by Reese Witherspoon’s production company last year, with Flynn adapting her own novel for the screen and David Fincher signed on to direct. Production is expected to begin this September.