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Well, it looks like the search can be called off: David Fincher's "Gone Girl" has been found.
Rosamund Pike, who was last seen in the Tom Cruise thriller "Jack Reacher," "has been offered and is expected to accept" the titular role in "Gone Girl," reports The Hollywood Reporter. She'll star as a woman who goes missing on her wedding anniversary, with the blame quickly falling on her oh-so-charming husband (played by Ben Affleck). In the novel, a large part of the action is split between the ongoing investigation and the wife's diary entries, which clue the readers in to what might have been her fate.
According to the same report, both Neil Patrick Harris (who stars in next week's "The Smurfs 2") and Tyler Perry are being lined up for supporting roles. We can see Perry taking on the part of one of the two lead investigators, while Harris could easily fall into the role of the sleazy celebrity lawyer who agrees to represent the husband in the case.
Pike, Harris, and Perry are all pretty out-of-left-field choices for the movie, an adaptation of one of last year's most popular novels (author Gillian Flynn has been tasked with adapting her own book). However, director David Fincher has an innate knack for casting: He tapped relative unknown Rooney Mara over numerous higher-profile actresses for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," a move that undoubtedly paid off.
Production on the movie, which will be co-financed by 20th Century Fox and New Regency, will begin in September. Affleck plans to start work on his next directorial project, an adaptation of a similarly weighty novel, Dennis Lehane's "Live by Night," right at the beginning of 2014.
A release date for "Gone Girl" has yet to be established, though whenever it comes out, it's sure to make Pike, who has a number of movies in production or post-production, a bona-fide star.