What do Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Olivia Wilde all have in common, besides their natural beauty and talent on the silver screen?

They were all beaten out by English actress Rosamund Pike for the lead role opposite Ben Affleck in the upcoming film adaptation of the mystery-thriller novel “Gone Girl,” “The Hollywood Reporter” confirms.

Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry are also being shopped for supporting roles in the film, which will begin production in September.

The project will be directed by David Fincher, whose successful body of work includes “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

In the film, 34-year-old Pike (“Jack Reacher,” “Pride & Prejudice”) will star as lead character Amy Dunne, whose disappearance on her wedding anniversary leads to her husband Nick’s (Affleck) incrimination.

With "Gone Girl" yielding a potentially launching Pike to stardom, we can’t wait to see how she performs in this sure-to-be-successful box-office thriller.

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