• Mon, Jul 7 - 4:18 pm ET

The New Trailer For Gone Girl Will Make You Wish NPH And Ben Affleck Traded Roles

Ben Affleck in Gone Girl GIF with cameras flashing and Missing Persons sign awkward smileThe first full trailer for Gone Girl came out today, and after watching it, I’ve come to a very important conclusion — Ben Affleck and Neil Patrick Harris should swap roles.

Before I get started here, let me just put your mind at ease that there won’t be any spoilers in this post. I’ve read the book myself, which is informing my feelings about these two characters and the actors playing them, but I’m not gonna give any plot points away, so you can relax.

But just to set this up for you — Ben plays Nick Dunne, the husband to Amy, who becomes the ‘gone girl’ in question when she disappears under suspicious circumstances. And Neil plays Desi Collings, a man from Amy’s past whose role becomes important as the story moves forward and we learn more details about the disappearance.

Both men are supposed to be handsome (which works out great, because they are!), but Nick’s whole vibe is supposed to be cold, detached, and douche-y, which I think Neil would totally nail. And Desi is supposed to be creepy in a totally different way, like over-eager and immature, which is right up Ben’s alley. It makes total sense! Just watch the trailer and tell me I’m wrong.

See what I mean? Neil Patrick Harris can be chilling and intimidating just standing there, but I don’t think there’s a single thing Ben Affleck could do to his face to ever make it look anything but ‘dopey’. Too late to pull the old switcheroo on this casting? Gone Girl doesn’t come out until October 3rd, so I say we go for it.

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  • Alana Vincenza

    Yeah I’m going to have to read this before it comes out.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Um, YES. You absolutely should.

    • Alicia

      my thoughts exactly.

    • Véronique the Attachment Shark

      It’s like the Best Trilogy Ever. OMG.

    • Alana Vincenza

      UPDATE: I couldn’t wait and started reading it last night.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Hahaha yessss!

  • Bad Dad

    I so agree!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Yesssss! It’s so obvious!

  • Ayleah Bowser

    I’m pretty sure if NPH shows you even remote interest you kick people in the face to get to him

    • JenH1986

      I cannot think of a single role I would not watch him play.

  • parisc

    Thank God there was more than a cheesy, off-put soundtrack in this one. I agree, Nick should be recast. Who the hell decided on Ben Affleck?! He doesn’t even remotely match the character, in any facet. Then again, I don’t know if I approve of Rosamund either but that’s just me. But I actually like Neil as Desi, I could see him playing Nick too but I think Desi works well for him too. I waited until after I read the book to see who’d been selected for each role, and am still questioning Tyler Perry of all people… why not Idris Elba? Whatevs. I’m just going to hush up and be excited for the next three months.

    • JenH1986

      Idris! I love Idris. I watched Pacific Rim solely for him (and Charlie Hunnam’s abs). He would have been a fantastic Tanner! Tyler Perry I’m on the fence about. I think he has his moments but I’m not 100% sold on him.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      So agree that Idris would’ve been a phenomenal choice…but if the movie turns out to be as not-great as it seems it might be, then I’m glad he’s far away from it.

    • JenH1986

      True. I would hate to taint my beautiful Idris with junk. Ben has just really gone down hill lately. I haven’t really loved anything since The Town. I’m just not sure how he’s still famous…or how he landed Batman.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I haven’t seen Argo (I know, I’m ashamed), but I’ve heard good things about that. Maybe he should be doing more directing?

    • JenH1986

      I’ve heard good things about Argo as well. So that could be a good path for him. I know he does a lot of humanitarian work too so I feel like a jerk talking smack (minus him being a less than stellar hubby in public). But it’s definitely time to reevaluate his acting.

    • Jenni

      Argo’s directing was great! I knew the ending and was still, literally, on the edge of my seat. Just wish he hadn’t cast himself as the lead.

    • JenH1986

      Hmmmm I might have to bite the bullet and watch. Since, of course I’m going to see this because I LOVED this book. But..Ben…Affleck.

    • parisc

      Yeah that was my problem with Argo, too! It’s like, what would a film directed by Ben Affleck be without Ben Affleck and his beard having respective roles?

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      We may never know.

    • capoupascap

      He Really is such a good director. And frankly(and probably unpopularopinion) I think he can be a good actor, he just had to have the perfect role. I loved him in The Town, and thought it was a good movie, I just hated how they changed the ending from the novel. I actually thought he would be the perfect Nick, since he’s a douche guy who comes across as nice which is like the perfect description for Ben. But I’ve grown pretty unenthusiastic about this movie.

    • parisc

      Agreed. Have you heard there were talks about them potentially changing the ending? Because of course, just ruin my excitement, Hollywood.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Yuppp. I can kind of see that being a smart move, though, because it would be way less fun to watch if you knew what happened at the end.

    • capoupascap

      But David Finchner is not good at ending changes. Have you seen his version of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      True, good call.

    • parisc

      Great point! I’ve officially been diagnosed with Book Lovers’ Hatred Of Filmmakers. Yay!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Our support group meets on Thursdays at 8:00.

    • parisc

      I know, right? He’s damn sexy, and also a much more seasoned actor than Perry (the obvious below-average choice) so I’m curious to know which genius over there is trying to sabotage this film.

    • JenH1986

      Right. I really felt like the casting fell flat. I don’t know that Pike is the right Amy either but messing up Nick is huge. I’m hoping that I’m wrong though. I just finished Dark Places and Sharp Objects for my book club. I have to say I really felt like Gone Girl was head and shoulders above those books. I’ve read that if Gone Girl does well they plan on making those books into movies as well.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Yeah I think they’re already making Sharp Objects…it maybe even comes out this year? But totally agreed, I thought those were really amateur efforts in comparison.

    • parisc

      OMG. You finished, too?! I JUST finished Sharp Objects! I hear they’re making all three into movies, which is envious in and of itself. But how does that even happen?! She is every English major’s Regina George right now.

      I read her series backwards though. GG was definitely her hallmark, DP was just 300+ pages of pure effing annoyance and SO was somewhere in the middle of mundane and I’m-ready-to-put-this-book-down-already.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I did them in the same order! So annoying.

  • NYCNanny

    Really??!! I think the casting is incredible. Nph can totally play the creepy little kidnapper and Ben totally plays the semi-stupid out of the loop, handsome husband.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I gotta delete this, because it has a spoiler in it! Sorry!

  • Music Mamma

    I went to college with Carrie Coon, who plays Margo. She is a terrific actress!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Oh that’s great! I can’t wait to see her!