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Ben Affleck is finally teaming up with one of the most acclaimed working directors in Hollywood, David Fincher. The Argo actor/director is reportedly in talks to star in Fincher’s adaptation of Gone Girl.
According to Deadline, by Affleck coming on, this will definitely make the project Fincher’s next film after 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It is based on Gillian Flynn’s bestseller and will feature Affleck as a husband who is about to celebrate his fifth anniversary with his wife. Unfortunately, she disappears the day before the anniversary and all evidence suggests that he’s the culprit.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Affleck would make the film before starting his adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night for Warner Bros. Affleck committed to that project in May as his follow-up to Argo, which won the Best Picture Oscar in February.
As for Fincher, he’s been linked to Gone Girl since January. Fox secured the rights to the book in July 2012 Pacific Standard’s Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea and Leslie Dixon signed as producers. It’s unclear if Witherspoon is interested in starring in the film. Fincher will make Gone Girl while he waits for the greenlight to make a 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea remake at Disney.