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Before we begin, I want to state for the record that I am one of the few humans — and quite possibly the only woman between the ages of 18 and 34 — who hated Gillian Flynn’s mystery thriller Gone Girl. While the novel may have been one of a small number to achieve both critical acclaim and bestseller status, I would have stopped reading if not for a particularly punishing book club. That being said, the novel’s saving grace for me was that I thought it might just make a fun movie. But now, as the cast for the actual movie adaptation of this bonkers husband/wife murder plot continues to grow, I’m becoming skeptical once again.
First came Ben Affleck for the lead role of Nick Dunne — a choice I found odd mostly because Affleck is so inherently likable while Nick is supposed to be a sleazy a**hole. Plus, he seemed a little old for the role. Then came Rosamund Pike for Nick’s sweet-or-deranged-depending-on-the-chapter wife Amy — a choice I was willing to go with because I like Pike so much (seriously, is there a woman more beautiful?). And now we have 21-year-old Emily Ratajkowski, the stunning model who became a household name this summer after starring in Robin Thicke’s notorious “Blurred Lines” music video, making her acting debut as Andie, Nick’s mistress, TheWrap reports.
Add to that motley crew Tyler Perry (as Nick’s defense attorney) and Neil Patrick Harris (as a former beau of Amy’s who… nevermind, I won’t spoil it for you) and you’ve got the most whackadoo combination of actors we’ve seen this side of The Holiday.
David Fincher is at the helm of this ship to crazytown, so let’s hope he can steer it closer to wildly eccentric than bats**t.