Perhaps one of the most highly anticipated book-to-movie projects currently in development is David Fincher's adaptation of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn's can't-put-it down thriller full of literary twists and turns that will prove quite a challenge to put on film. But perhaps the toughest task at the moment is finding the right actress to play Amy, the novel's titular character, a beautiful WASPy wife who mysteriously goes missing.
Now, The Hollywood Reporter's Tatiana Siegel is reporting that Rosamund Pike, the lovely British actress most recently seen in Jack Reacher, is the frontrunner for the role. Amy is a distinctly tricky part—though, explaining exactly why would be a spoiler—one that requires both beauty and nimble acting range. Pike certainly has the gorgeousness down, and we believe in her talent, despite the fact that she's mostly been relegated to supporting parts like Jane Bennet to Kiera Knightley's Elizabeth in Pride & Prejudice or mostly useless arm candy in junk like Wrath of the Titans. Pike's radiant, regal Britishness, reflected in films like An Education, might be an impediment, but it could also help inform Amy's highbrow coldness.