Gallery Link: Total Film | October 2014
Ben Affleck is currently under cape and cowl as the Dark Knight in Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” sequel “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” but he’s somehow finding time to keep his Dennis Lehane adaptation “Live By Night” moving along as well. He’s just tapped a trio of ladies to play the female leads in the film.
Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Elle Fanning have signed up for the film, which will mark Affleck’s second Lehane adaptation after 2007’s “Gone Baby Gone.” The project, set up at Warner Bros., was actually bumped by Snyder’s superhero team-up, but it’s all in the family as Affleck has found a pretty welcome home at Warner Bros. after making his last three films there, including the Best Picture-winning “Argo.”
Lehane’s novel is a Prohibition Era yarn and sequel to his 2012 epic “The Given Day.” It centers around Joe Coughlin, the black-sheep son of a police captain who gets involved in escalating organized crime. Miller will play an early love interest. Saldana will play Graciella Suarez, a woman Coughlin meets in Tampa as he becomes further embroiled in organized crime. And Fanning will play Loretta Figgis, a sheriff’s daughter and aspiring actress who gets into trouble. According to the original Deadline report, that partifular role has been coveted by young actresses in Hollywood.
“Live By Night” is currently set for an Oct. 7, 2016 release.
Ben Affleck Stars in David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — “They disliked me, then they liked me. They hated me, and now they love me.”
This line comes shortly before the final act of “Gone Girl,” the much anticipated film adaptation of the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn, directed by David Fincher and set for an Oct. 3 release. Spoken sardonically by Ben Affleck’s character, Nick Dunne, the words could just as easily have come straight from Mr. Affleck himself.
In the story, Nick, a fallen golden boy with a questionable moral compass, gets raked over by the tabloids and pilloried by a mercurial public, which suspect him of murdering his luminous wife, Amy, played by Rosamund Pike.
A thriller with a noirish twist — “ice-pick sharp,” Janet Maslin wrote in The New York Times — the book not only topped best-seller lists but was also rapaciously gobbled up by book clubs, becoming one of Goodreads’ top books of 2012. Intrigue around the film deepened when Reese Witherspoon became a producer (she had initially contemplated the part of Amy) and Mr. Fincher — whose films include “The Social Network,” the Hollywood version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and “Fight Club” — signed on to direct.
Adding to the anticipatory buildup was the casting, especially in the case of Mr. Affleck. For as different as he may be from the character of Nick, they share the ignominious distinction of being alternately media darlings and targets of public scorn. Nick’s crime? Possibly uxoricide. Mr. Affleck’s? A run of iffy films a decade ago and putting the yang in Bennifer.
“There’s nothing really about this guy or character that I feel connected to personally,” Mr. Affleck said here recently at the sumptuous Hotel Casa del Mar, perched at the edge of a glittering Pacific, near his Santa Monica home. “Except that I have definitely felt as though I was looking at a version of my life that I didn’t recognize through the prism of the media.”
Mr. Affleck shows up to chat in crisp jeans, a pristine button-down and a black leather jacket so soft it could be spread on toast. Faint red scratches, courtesy of his 5-year-old middle child, Seraphina, line his nose. Earlier in the day, he joined the ALS ice bucket challenge, shooting a short video that ends with him pulling his wife, Jennifer Garner, into their pool as their daughters giggle riotously off camera.
Ben spoke with Empire in their latest issue about his upcoming movie ‘Gone Girl’ calling it a perfect date movie.
“I actually think this is the perfect date movie, not because I think it’ll result in divorce – I think that’s just David’s fantasy – but because it’s the kind of movie that a husband and wife could talk about afterwards. I think a man and a woman would have different takes on what happens. The last time I was in a movie that I thought polarised men and women in an interesting way was Chasing Amy. That was quite some time ago.”
Also released to the magazine were three new images from the movie
Gallery Link: ‘Gone Girl’ Promotional Images
In a recent interview Tyler Perry talks about how he and Ben spent some time getting to know each other through sing-a-longs
Ben Affleck and Tyler Perry bonded on the set of Gone Girl the old fashioned way – through sing-a-longs. Perry, who plays celebrity lawyer Tanner Bolt in the upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 best-seller, tells New York Magazine that Affleck had a tendency to burst into ’80s tunes in between takes. Impressed with his co-star’s encyclopedic song knowledge, Perry decided to put it to the test.
“One day, I was like, I’m just going to see how wild he can get. So I started singing [Bette Midler’s] ‘The Rose,’ and he could do it!” Perry reveals. How did director David Fincher, who runs a famously tight ship, react to his cast belting Bette? According to Perry, “he was singing along, too!”