UPDATE: According to The Wrap, the three actresses in top contention for the leading female role are currently Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman and Emily Blunt. Basically three women with the perfect trifecta of talent, beauty and brains. Good stuff.
PREVIOUSLY: Ben Affleck might've dropped out of "Focus" to make sure he could helm his little "Live By Night" project in time to meet Warner Bros.' scheduling expectations, but the "Argo" director might just be getting a chance to put off his next behind-the-lens effort just long enough to star in David Fincher's adaptation of the wildly popular Gillian Flynn thriller novel "Gone Girl."
Yep, according to Deadline, Affleck is considering the central role of Nick Dunne, a husband whose wife disappears on their five year anniversary — and the evidence totally stacks against him, as he's uprooted her from her supposedly happy existence in NYC after being laid off from work and happened to conveniently raise her life insurance before she went missing. So, naturally, he becomes suspect number one in the matter.
As of yet, no one's been chosen to portray the wife Amy, who's got a duplicitous little soul herself at times; Reese Witherspoon is, at least for now, only a producer on the pic.
Shooting on "Gone Girl" is expected to commence in the fall, which would still give Affleck enough time to get that "Live By Night" adaptation done by the end of next year, too.
Well, look at how that worked out.