David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ Trailer: Ben Affleck Is a Murder Suspect (Video)

April 15, 2014

The first trailer of David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ has hit the Web causing a sensation as Ben Affleck portrays a man suspected of murdering his wife, portrayed by Rosamund Pike. It is just the first look at Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel brought to the big creen.

The book, a mystery-thriller which drew comparisons to Patricia Highsmith, was a New York Times bestseller and there has been much anticipation over how it might translate into cinema. The novelist, Gillian Flynn is also the scriptwriter and the production is under the always capable direction of David Fincher who gave us ‘The Social Network’ and ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ and his most recent film adaptation of an international bestseller, ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.’

Offering even more anticipation, both director and writer have given interviews confirming that the movie ending is different from the book, so even those who know the book are going to be in for a surprise in the movie theater.

Thus after much anticipation we have the real trailer, after having been teased with a “sneak peek” at the trailer during the weekend, essentially a trailer for the trailer.

For those who know the details of the plot or have read the book, the trailer poses many questions, in fact, just those questions that have led to so much intrigue over the screen adaptation.

For those who are new to the story, it presents a mystery, albeit a classic one. A man’s wife is missing and he is the suspect. What are his motives? How is he behaving? Is he a man distraught? Or is he too calm? These are the typical questions that arise when one spouse goes missing and along with it, there are the suspicions. Murder? Or just an unexplained — for now — possible tragedy?

The trailer draws us right into this vortex as Ben Affleck portrays the husband, Nick Dunne, who is being tried and convicted in the media over the supposed murder of his wife, Amy Dunne, portrayed by Rosamund Pike (seen in the trailer in flashbacks as well as the woman who is emblazon in newspaper headlines and media reports).

It is atmospheric with many night scenes — a glimpse of a massive search with many people on foot with flashlights, for instance — and overall it evokes the classic film noir of the 1940s and 1950s right down to the voiceover at the end, as “Nick Dunne” says he did not kill his wife. But is his voice too emotionless?

‘Gone Girl’ also stars Neil Patrick Harris and Paul Mills, and Tyler Perry. It opens in theaters on October 3rd and for now we have an intriguing first trailer below!

Pictures: PR Photos

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