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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Casting news: Guess who’s ‘Gone Girl’?

Turns out the rumors were true: Rosamund Pike (“Die Another Day,” “Pride & Prejudice,” “Jack Reacher”) has been offered the lead role of Amy in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” opposite Ben Affleck. Hmm . . . I was getting excited about the idea of Charlize Theron, but I guess I can live with this. Pike does have a bit of a dangerous edge to her (think of her work in “An Education”) and she certainly looks the part. Otherwise, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris are supposedly being eyed for supporting roles (the article didn’t say which, so we’ll all just have to try to remember the book) for a cast that should be coming together quickly, as production is scheduled in September. For the sister — how about Rosemarie DeWitt?

In other news, the cast of the fairy-tale musical “Into the Woods” is coming together: Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski and Emily Blunt will be joined by Daniel Huttlestone (the kid Gavroche from “Les Miserables) as Jack, Broadway veteran Billy Magnussen (replacing the rumored Jake Gyllenhaal) as Rapunzel’s prince, Tony nominee Tammy Blanchard as Cinderella’s stepsister, and MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel. The film, directed by Rob Marshall, will begin shooting this fall, and will be in theaters December 2014. Stephen Sondheim fans are counting the days — and, most likely, the syllables.

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