Die Another Day Bond girl Rosamund Pike stars in the Gillian Flynn novel-turned-film Gone Girl. She plays the missing wife of Ben Affleck’s character, a coveted role that Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt were said to be vying for. So what makes Pike so special? Director David Fincher said he was looking for an “orchid,” someone who did that “only child thing.” Pike is an only child of two opera singers.
The Guardian says Pike has “the carriage to play a kind of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy archetype, all coolly controlled power.” (Carolyn was the beautiful blond wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. who died with her husband in a plane crash in 1999. They were rumored to have had marital problems, too.) While the story of Gone Girl is designed to ignite debate about whether or not Amy is a victim, movie critic Anthony Lane at the New Yorker says Pike’s character “sticks out like a cartoon in a newsreel.”