Gone Girl: everything we know about the movie so far

The film of Gillian Flynn's novel is more than three months away, but teasers and leaks can help us assemble some facts

We’re three months away from the release of the Gone Girl movie, but already the film, like the novel it’s based on, has become a phenomenon. This week a new trailer spun fans of Gillian Flynn’s menacing story of love and lies into a tailspin, and Tuesday’s announcement of Flynn’s foray into TV is already big news. Yes, the hype is real. Gone Girl teasers and casting announcements leak every week or so, and to make sense of what we know, and what we don’t, we’ve assembled all the facts in one place.

1. The ending is different

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in January, Flynn instilled panic in the hearts of Gone Girl fans everywhere when she said she’d changed the ending “drastically”. (Drastically!) A few months later, however, in a Reddit AMA, Flynn told fans to relax; that of course the script and novel would be different because that’s what externalizing a story does. “The mood, tone, and spirit of the book are very much intact,” she assured. “I’ve been very involved in the film – and [I'm] loving it.”

2. Casting has been controversial

While no one seemed to argue with Ben Affleck’s appointment as Amy Dunne’s brooding husband, a few eyebrows were raised when Rosamund Pike beat out big names like Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Emily Blunt and Olivia Wilde for the role of Amy. But that didn’t compare to the backlash in response to the casting of Tyler Perry as lawyer Tanner Bolt, in which one site predicted he’d be a “major distraction” thanks to his comedy roots. Other cast members include Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Fugit and Kim Dickens.

The newest Gone Girl trailer, released this week

3. FindAmazingAmy.com is a working website

And yes, it will plunge you into the eeriness you thought you shook a few weeks after reading the book. However, the site is so realistic that it also gives you the current temperature of Missouri (where the story takes place and where the movie was filmed), as well as stock market numbers. So if you’re planning a vacay down south, you’re welcome.

4. Trent Reznor is doing the score – and he thinks the film is nasty

The day Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross stop working with David Fincher is … well, it’s a bad day. While Elvis Costello’s She accompanied Gone Girl’s first trailer, the second gave us a snippet of what to expect of the soundtrack. This is all relatively new information, too: Reznor only confirmed the gig in January, though he’s been working on it for a year. As for how he himself describes the movie? “It’s a much darker film than I was expecting” he told EW. “The book is not exactly uplifting or happy, but it’s a nasty film.”

5. The posters offer evidence in the case of Amy’s disappearance

Gone Girl is a complicated story, so it’s understandable that marketing is abiding by its legacy. However, Fincher and friends have upped the ante in the official posters: since Amy goes missing on the couple’s fifth anniversary, each poster “celebrates” the event – along with evidence for the case (that plays a huge role in the novel). A burnt wedding photo, switchblade, a pair of underwear, and a page from Amy’s diary are featured for a reason. And, explain why police begin pinning her disappearance on husband Nick.

Gone Girl movei poster
One of the posters reveals a page from Amy's diary Photograph: /20th Century Fox Photograph: 20th Century Fox


Anne T Donahue

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