Sunday, March 17, 2013

Gone Girl Casting News : Reese Witherspoon is Gone!

According to Deadline Hollywood things are heating up again in the journey from Gone Girl the book, written by Gillian Flynn, to Gone Girl the movie, directed by David Fincher. The big news is that Reese herself, will no longer star as Amy Dunne, the wife who goes missing. I'm sure Flynn is disappointed as she's a huge fan of Reese Witherspoon's - (I shared an interview here).  Flynn has written the first draft of the screenplay already and I can't help but wonder if she'd made tweaks with Reese in mind. In any case, Witherspoon isn't out of the picture completely; her company, Pacific Standard will still produce.

The really interesting thing though is who will play Amy now? Fincher probably has Rooney Mara on his personal short list but she's technically too young. Could definitely pull off the (spoiler alert)
psycho stuff though. Jessica Chastain would be high on my personal short list; she's the right age and having seen her in range of diverse roles from the outsider desperate to fit in in The Help, the model of natural grace in The Tree of Life, the Mossad agent in The Debt and an American agent in Zero Dark Thirty, I know she's right for the part. I didn't see Chastain in Mama but it's almost like she's right for any part, within age and gender range. Chastain possesses a special mind body meld with her characters, allowing her real self to disappear within as these other women take over. It's the same kind of complete surrender that makes Mery Streep one of world's finest actresses. That and an abundance of empathy.


Now that Reese Witherspoon is out of the picture, who do you see as Amy?

NOW WE KNOW ROSAMUND PIKE IS AMY. READ THE REST OF THE GONE GIRL MOVIE NEWS

9 comments:

  1. I didn't realize she played that role in The Help! I've liked her in all the roles I've seen, so I'm sure she'd be good for Gone Girl.

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  2. Claire Danes is my personal choice. She's got the edgy quality about her that we see in Homeland but she also has that really sweet smile so she could totally pull off the "duel-personalities"

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    1. Interesting - the duality is a must and you're right she does have that; who would you pair her with?

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    2. Jake Gyllenhaal or Bradley Cooper...those are my favs. Then Maggie G could play Margo! (too much "art imitates life" maybe?) Another idea that is really growing on me is Michael Fassbender....i can totally see him flashing that "killer smile", but he would need to be likable as well...and well...Fassbender always looks like the cat that ate the canary. Plus, i'm not sure he could pull of the whole, "all-american Nick from the Mid-West"...given his own nationality.

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    3. Hey Trey - Maggie really? Sorry, not a fan. But I actually like the idea of Michael Fassbender - that cat that ate the canary look could work quite nicely. I feel pretty sure he could tame that Irish/German(ish) accent - although I can't recall a role where he has but I may be missing something. I've been rooting for Ryan Gosling but he is really too young.

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    4. and I just noticed you're following me now, thanks so much!

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    5. I'm glad i found you, i love the site! Keep up the great work! I actually prefer Jennifer Carpenter to Maggie. Probably has a lot to do with the fact that she plays the exact same role in Dexter, but she just does it so well. I gave the book a second read and i no longer see Jake G pulling off the role either. I can't imagine what it's like to have to cast this movie....i'd love to be a fly on the wall for those meetings.

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  3. Well this is news to me! I found out halfway thru reading it that Reese was playing Amy, and while I could understand her wanting the role, it did kind of change the story for me, her playing it. Rooney Mara WOULD be great, but it's so like her role in Side Effects, she'd probably get bored - or deja vu - during shooting.

    I didn't picture Jessica Chastain - now, in hindsight, I think she'd be brilliant because she IS brilliant, and you'd need someone really good for this role - but all that I care about is that Ryan Gosling play Nick. Is he too young, Sim? I bet he could play older. Because they don't have kids, they really could be anywhere from mid/late 20s to late 30s.

    This is such a great idea for a blog. I'm putting you on my roll so I can find you easily. I came online purely to find out if Ryan Gosling's playing nick, and to think that on the whole world wide web, you're the one who broke the news to me that Reese isn't playing Amy. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Jill! I'm glad you stopped by. I agree with you that the characters could be anywhere in that age range so there's no reason why Ryan Gosling couldn't be Nick. He would look awfully cute in glasses which I think I remember Nick wearing. Anyway, did you read Silver Linings Playbook? Jennifer Lawrence's character was thirty something in the book and that didn't stop David O. Russell from seeing the 22 year old as Tiffany. I'll post it here the minute I hear anything about Nick.

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