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Who would you cast in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl?"

August 21, 2012|By Nicole Sperling and John Horn

It's the summer read everyone is talking about.

Gillian Flynn's third novel "Gone Girl" with its equally unreliable narrators, witty pop culture references and thrilling plot has been atop the bestseller list for the last nine weeks. Twentieth Century Fox has adapted it for the screen with Reese Witherspoon's production company leading the charge.

The 36-year old actress is already attached to star in the film, and Flynn is writing the first draft. Yet is the "Walk the Line" actress the best person to play the tightly-wound protagonist Amy, who mysteriously disappears at the beginning of the novel? 

Clearly Fox thinks so. The studio spent $1.5 million to acquire it for Witherspoon's production company, according to the Wall St. Journal. And Witherspoon has made a career out of playing meticulous characters. Yet depending on how long it takes Flynn to knock out a script--not a simple task considering the book's unusual, and compelling, structure--Witherspoon might age out of the role.

And truth be told, there might be more interesting options.

To help out the casting directors working on the film, we've come up with a list of eight other actresses who could make a compelling Amy. While we were at it, we took a stab at eight men we would like to play Nick, Amy's kinda sweet, kinda smarmy magazine writer-turned-bar-owner husband who is suspected in her disappearance.

All you "Gone Girl" fans please play along and let us know who you would like to see embody the lead characters of this compelling novel.


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