The lead in Gone Girl is one of those once-in-a-lifetime roles for an actress. It isn’t going to be an easy choice. But for now, one of the actors in talks for the male lead is Ben Affleck, who was seen having lunch with David Fincher, which then led to a Deadline story. But there is no official confirmation yet. Affleck’s kind of perfect for it – as would be Jon Hamm or Henry Cavill. He’s supposed to be kind of a nice guy douche who is bossed around by his sister (another great part) but more importantly, was born with a face people trust because he is so good looking.
The women “in talks” for the lead, according to The Wrap, would be Natalie Portman (already been a Black Swan), Emily Blunt (was mean in Devil Wears Prada) and Charlize Theron (already been a Young Adult).
I feel like there are four actresses born to play the part: Jessica Chastain, Rachel McAdams (already been a Mean Girl), Amy Adams and Gwyneth Paltrow. Paltrow *is* Amazing Amy. I aso think the greatly underrated Jennifer Garner would have a career making role on her hands but they could never cast Affleck and Garner. But who would watch the kids? Either which way, the negotiations continue…
Speaking of the twin sister, she would have to be a good compliment to Affleck (if he’s cast) and snarky, dark, punkish. Clea Duvall, or even Blunt would be good for that part.