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ROSAMUND PIKE TO PLAY AFFLECK'S WIFE

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - Jack Reacher star Rosamund Pike is close to signing on to play Ben Affleck 's missing wife in the movie adaptation of bestselling novel Gone Girl.

The British actress is expected to accept the part in the coming days as producers attempt to persuade Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry to sign on for supporting roles in the project, which will be produced by Reese Witherspoon and directed by David Fincher.

In the film, based on Gillian Flynn's 2012 novel, Affleck will portray a husband who becomes a prime suspect in his wife's disappearance after she goes missing on the couple's fifth wedding anniversary.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Emily Blunt and Olivia Wilde had all been considered for the part Pike has landed.

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