David Fincher's Gone Girl, his adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling thriller about a husband suspected of murdering his missing wife, will kick off the 52nd New York Film Festival. The film, starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry, is scheduled make its world premiere as the festival's opening-night selection on September 26th.
"Gone Girl is so many things at once," NYFF Director Kent Jones said in a press release. "[It's] sharp as a razor about many aspects of American life that have been untouched by movies, very tough and just as funny, brilliantly acted, and 100% entertaining — a wild ride from start to finish...directed by one of the best filmmakers alive. I'm so proud to have the world premiere of this film as our opening night."
This is not the first time that Fincher has supplied the festival with a film for its first-night slot; The Social Network, his Oscar-nominated take on the origins of Facebook, kicked off the NYFF with its world premiere in 201o. The festival has long been a launching pad for awards-season hopefuls and big-name fall releases, especially in terms of its opening selections: Pulp Fiction opened the festival in 1995; Clint Eastwood's Mystic River in 2003; Ang Lee's Life of Pi in 2012; and Paul Greengrass' Captain Philips in 2013.
The rest of the New York Film Festival's lineup is expected to be announced within the next month. Gone Girl will hit theaters on October 3rd.