The first official trailer for “Gone Girl,” the highly-anticipated film based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel of the same name, was released Monday and was met with much fanfare. 

Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne (20th Century Fox)


Never heard of it? Let’s catch up: “Gone Girl” is a hugely-popular book about the mysterious disappearance of Amy Elliot Dunne, who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary. The novel spent 52 weeks on The Washington Post bestseller list. It has been required reading for many a book club. David Fincher — “Fight Club,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Social Network” — is directing. And, oh yeah, Ben Affleck will play Nick Dunne, the distraught husband and lead suspect in Amy’s (Rosamund Pike) disappearance.

"Gone Girl," by Gillian Flynn (Crown).
“Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn (Crown).

When asked to speculate last year on the popularity of the book, Flynn had this to say:

We’re all fascinated with other people’s relationships because we’re always wondering if we’re doing ours right. And we can all look at Nick and Amy and recognize to a (hopefully limited) degree pieces of their marriage: The pride and hubris of courtship, the thrill of meeting one’s match, the domestic calm, the petty squabbles you swore you’d never have, the unexpected power plays.”


Ben Affleck rehearses a scene with director David Fincher. (Merrick Morton/ 20th Century Fox)

The trailer hints at all of these emotions through the many faces of Ben Affleck. Set to a haunting version of “She” by Richard Butler (it’s hardly recognizable as the same song Elvis Costello covered for the “Notting Hill” soundtrack) scenes of a search for a missing person are interspersed with images of tense looks, disapproving looks, one loving look and a serious glass smash. The 97- second trailer ends with Affleck delivering a simple statement: “I did not kill my wife.  I am not a murderer.”

In case the flashes went by too fast for you to notice, Missi Pyle, Tyler Perry, Sela Ward and Neil Patrick Harris also star in the film.

“Gone Girl” is set to be released on Oct. 3.