Ben Affleck is known for playing good-guy characters (heck, he's signed up as Batman for 2016), but in the first trailer for the David Fincher directed "Gone Girl," he's no hero.
Instead, he's playing Nick Dunne, a husband whose wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), is — as the title indicates — abruptly gone. As police, the media and the public swarm around the story of the beautiful blonde's sudden disappearance, cracks begin to show ... and Nick comes under suspicion.
Fans of Fincher's dark, brooding style will find exactly what they're looking for in the trailer, in which Dunne pleads for the return of his missing wife, is hounded by the press and tries to prove his innocence. Through it all, "She" plays in the background (the Charles Aznavour tune is covered by the Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler), and the lyrics lend to the ominous tone.
Meanwhile, flashbacks show the Dunnes' marriage as far from ideal, and the final shot — of what appears to be Amy's lifeless form sinking into watery depths as Affleck's voice says, "I did not kill my wife. I am not a murderer" — is haunting.
Also worth checking out is the movie's official site, FindAmazingAmy.com. It features a police boat on a body of water as clouds roll by, and a news scroll of the search for Amy runs along the bottom of the screen.
Fans of Gillian Flynn's 2012 book will have to wait until Oct. 3 for the A-list big-screen adaptation.