Like the lead character she portrays in the widely anticipated movie version of “Gone Girl,” Rosamund Pike fell off nearly everyone’s radar. At the tender age of 21, the British actress was cast as the sultry Miranda Frost, a sword-wielding vixen in the James Bond film “Die Another Day,” her first studio feature.
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But Fincher, who prefers to cast less-famous actresses (think Rooney Mara in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”), hand-picked Pike to walk in Amy’s shoes.
The movie-star business could use a fresh force like Pike.
“Your adrenaline is surging, and it’s not making you rest,” Pike says.
After Bond, she appeared in a sold-out West End play called “Hitchcock Blonde.” “I was naked onstage for 10 minutes,” she says.
When “Gone Girl” premiered at the New York Film Festival on Sept.
26, she was crowned the industry’s new “it” girl, with raves and talk of her first Oscar nomination (she attended the ceremony once, wearing a cardigan sweater over a borrowed dress). “Obviously, because of Fincher and this book, the expectations are so fucking high.
There’s tremendous excitement building around her standout performance in the movie, which 20th Century Fox debuts nationwide Oct. In “Gone Girl,” based on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel (8.5 million copies sold and counting), Pike stars as the perfect wife, who disappears from home one day, leaving police suspicious that her husband Nick (Ben Affleck) has murdered her.
Amy is a riotous, multilayered role that every A-lister, from Reese Witherspoon to Olivia Wilde, chased after.
“The role is really difficult, and Rosamund was born to play it,” Fincher says.
It was a terrifying prospect for Pike on many levels, all the more so because the actress fell ill with a 103-degree fever the night before production began in Missouri. “My body was going through a lot of changes.” It was the first time she ever had to report to a movie set on day one.
“I’ve always been given roles that are more mature than I am,” says Pike, 35.