Despite industry rumors that two Oscar-winning actresses were duking it out for the female lead in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” rising star Rosamund Pike is now emerging as the frontrunner.

Academy Award winners Charlize Theron and Natalie Portman were reported to be in consideration for the role of Amy Dunne in the film adaptation for Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel.

But Cinema Blend is now reporting that Pike is in negotiations for the role, in which she would star opposite Ben Affleck, who is already set to play Amy’s husband Nick in the film.

Acclaimed director Fincher is said to be pursuing the actress for the role himself, as he has been known to champion lesser-known talents in his films, namely Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

The British-born Pike is best known for her supporting roles in films like “An Education” and the Keira Knightley-starring “Pride & Prejudice.”

Production on “Gone Girl” is set for this fall, so no matter how it shakes out, the part will likely be claimed within the next few weeks.

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