Casting Call: Gone Girl

In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.

This summer’s unexpected hit bestseller was a relief for weary readers: It wasn’t about the supernatural or the sadomasochistic. Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, published in June, is a more traditional story—at least, it seems that way at first—about a married couple, Amy and Nick, who move from Manhattan back to Nick’s hometown of Carthage, Missouri, when the recession eats up their jobs. At the novel’s outset, Amy goes missing on the morning of her fifth anniversary, and an awful lot of the evidence—not to mention his own narration—seems to suggest Nick has murdered her and hidden the body. But Flynn has more than a couple of narrative tricks up her sleeve, and Gone Girl may well be the most twist-ridden book of the decade so far. It is awfully good.

20th Century Fox acquired the film rights in mid-July for a very impressive $1.5 million, to be produced by Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Pacific Star. Witherspoon herself is slated to star-but that still leaves plenty of roles ripe for the casting. We’ll try to keep it as spoiler-free as possible.

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