Hollywood is still nursing a hangover from last night’s Emmy Awards, which means that nearly all of the show-business news this morning has to do with who said what on the red carpet or in the post-show press scrums. Very little of the Emmy chatter is cinema-relevant, unless the ceremony’s snubs of movie stars like Julia Roberts and Matthew McConaughey count (or the award for rising film director Cary Fukunaga’s work on True Detective). But there was something that happened during the Emmys last night that should excite film buffs: 20th Century Fox released a new minute-long Gone Girl trailer, containing more footage of Ben Affleck looking nervous and more of director David Fincher’s bruised color scheme.
The trail of the tape
Title: Gone Girl
Director: David Fincher
Screenwriter: Gillian Flynn
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Release date: October 3, 2014
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “Whatever they found, I think it’s safe to assume that it’s very bad.”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
Each new trailer for Gone Girl makes the movie look like it could be peak Fincher, putting his usual explorations of dangerous arrogance and unanswerable questions in the context of a popular mystery-thriller. This particular teaser also shows more of what looks to be a strong Affleck performance, mixing oiliness and sympathetic martyrdom. And as with the earlier trailer, the latest Gone Girl ad shows off an impressively eclectic cast.
And speaking of the cast, here’s an odd little item that was making the rounds yesterday: Apparently, when Tyler Perry signed on to play a camera-hogging celebrity lawyer in Gone Girl, he had no idea who David Fincher was. It just goes to show that the information that cinephiles find important—like who directed a movie—isn’t always important even to the people who star in movies, let alone to the general public. That’s something else to keep in mind during this long day of post-Emmy hand-wringing.