'Gone Girl' Photo: Ben Affleck Cuddles With Corpse on EW Cover

Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 07:41 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Entertainment Weekly's new "Gone Girl" cover photo, which features Ben Affleck cuddled up with a dead corpse, has people excited for the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the 2012 best-selling novel.

The accompanying article gives readers a sneak peek inside the film, which isn't due out until the fall, and what's more — director David Fincher photographed the magazine cover himself.

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"Director David Fincher was offering to shoot the cover himself. Not being crazy enough to turn down the Oscar-nominated provocateur who directed 'The Social Network,' we said yes," Entertainment Weekly wrote of its newest issue. "Fincher dreamed up the image, which features Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne curled around his wife, Amy, played by Rosamund Pike. The result is an unsettling portrait of love gone demented."

"Gone Girl" started out as a best-selling thriller novel penned by former EW writer Gillian Flynn. The book tells the story of an out-of-sync couple who moves from New York City to the Midwest after the husband, Nick (played by Affleck), loses his job. When his wife Amy (played by Pike) goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary, everyone suspects that Nick killed her. But did he?


Flynn, who also wrote the screenplay for the film, said that she found it liberating to dissect her book and reconstruct it for the big screen.

"There was something thrilling about taking this piece of work that I'd spent about two years painstakingly putting together with all its 8 million LEGO pieces and take a hammer to it and bash it apart and reassemble it into a movie," Flynn told EW.

"Gone Girl" hits theaters Oct. 3, 2014.

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