It won't be long before we have a new David Fincher film. The first trailer for Gone Girl has dropped on the same day the fastidious director reportedly dropped out of the Steve Jobs biopic no one really wanted to see him do anyway. Luckily, Gone Girl looks more like the kind of thriller we'd want – and expect – from Fincher.
The story focuses on Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike), a married couple who leave New York for a sleepier life in Missouri. When Amy vanishes on their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick is suspected by the police of her murder. Why? He uses the insurance money for business purposes and shows a lack of remorse – although the latter might just be Affleck's wooden acting.
Gone Girl is based on a novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, who also adapted the screenplay and added a new final act. The bestselling book was admired – and despised by others – for its non-linear structure and use of multiple unreliable narrators. That alone should make this more than any old psychological thriller, especially as Fincher reportedly averaged 50 takes per scene. Maybe Affleck kept forgetting his lines.
'Gone Girl' opens in the UK and US on 3 October.