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"Gone Girl" may have found its leading man: Deadline reports that Ben Affleck is in negotiations to star in the David Fincher-directed adaptation of Gillian Flynn's 2012 novel.

Affleck would play Nick, a man whose wife, Amy, goes missing on the couple's fifth wedding anniversary. Local authorities immediately focus on Nick, who professes his innocence, while his behavior becomes increasingly suspicious.

Fox scored the rights to the bestselling book last year after brokering a seven-figure deal. Reese Witherspoon's production company, Pacific Standard, is set to produce, but it looks like she won't be playing Amy, freeing up the sure-to-be-juicy role for another Hollywood leading lady.

Affleck's part in "Gone Girl" would mean a slight delay in his next project, directing an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's "Live By Night," though it appears studio Warner Bros. would allow him to push back that film until "Gone Girl" is done shooting. Production on "Girl" is scheduled to begin in September, and Affleck still hopes to have "Live By Night" completed by the end of next year.

If those projects turn out well, expect the recently-minted Oscar-winner to be up for several more statues in the coming years.

[via Deadline]
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