We — along with a good portion of America — are big fans of Gillian Flynn's
Gone Girl. The book is great, and we're hoping the upcoming movie will be too. Reese Witherspoon is on board to produce and we've already speculated as to the actresses we could see playing Amy, but now we're thinking about Amy's secretive husband, Nick. He's a conflicted writer with devastating good looks, which means he'll need to be complex, mysterious, and attractive. Click through to see our suggestions, and some inspired by reader comments.
People may see Ackles as a TV star, as he's been playing a ghost hunter on
Supernatural since 2005, but we say why not make the transition to the big screen? He fits the description, and he's got quite the steely stare.
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Gyllenhaal has just the right combination of intensity and innocence to play Nick. If Witherspoon were to also be cast, it would be interesting to see the former real-life couple square off on the screen.
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Phillippe has been lighting up the small screen in
Damages this year, but I would love to see him return to his game-playing roots, à la Cruel Intentions.
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Nick is known for being handsome, so why not cast one of Hollywood's sexiest men? Reynolds has been toning down his signature snark to play some more serious roles, and he could be an ideal fit for Nick.
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Is there any role that I wouldn't rally to put
Ryan Gosling in? Maybe not. While I'm partial to the Canadian stud, he does definitely have the looks and acting chops to play Nick.
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Cavill is the star of the upcoming
Man of Steel, and he's got dark, disarming good looks to match those of Nick.
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He may be tilting toward the older side for Nick, but Wilson has the necessary ability to evoke empathy from an audience while still remaining morally ambiguous (see:
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Tom Hardy has proved that he can be both charming (like in
This Means War) and dangerous (like in Lawless), so he's got the range to play Nick.
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Evans is no stranger to mainstream blockbusters, but this would allow him to break free of his
Captain America chains and delve into something a little more emotionally meaty.
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I would love to see Hemsworth out of the armor and in a modern-day story. He's definitely got Nick's hotness down, but can he handle a role without Thor's hammer?
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Chris Messina is everywhere this year, so why not continue with the trend and finally let the talented guy score a starring role? Though he's currently displaying his comedic skills on
The Mindy Project, I could see Messina taking a turn for the dark and mysterious.
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Logan Marshall-Green really stepped into the spotlight this year in
Prometheus, and with those dashing good looks, I'd definitely buy him as Nick. Remember how creepy-cute he was on The O.C.?
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Prometheus, Fassbender is edgy and undoubtedly has the complexity to play a calculating character like Nick.
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Marsden may be the epitome of good-looking; his charming smile is just right for people-pleaser Nick.
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Macht has proven himself more than capable of playing prickly characters on
Suits, and this may be just the opportunity for him to slip out of the tailored Armani and into a flannel as bar owner Nick.
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Chris Pine has taken on action (
Unstoppable), sci-fi ( Star Trek), and rom-coms ( This Means War), so who's to say he wouldn't be brilliant in a thriller as well? Especially if he's working with former costar Witherspoon, with whom we know he has chemistry.
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Speedman is the definition of underappreciated to me. He's tied up on
Last Resort at the moment, but he's got the right look for Nick and it would be interesting to see if he could rise to the challenge of taking a leading role in a big movie.
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He'd have to put on his American accent, but Law absolutely has the experience to encapsulate the many sides of Nick.
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Franco is already involved in every project ever; why not add
Gone Girl to his slate of films in development? He's unarguably handsome, and he's got an Oscar nomination under his belt.
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Cooper has proven to be a
favorite suggestion among readers, and I have to agree, especially as Cooper continues to steer his career away from comedies and into more dramatic territory.
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Fringe actor has a great smile, but he could definitely pull off Nick's depressed side as well.
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Armie Hammer is one of Hollywood's most debonaire up-and-coming actors, but he's yet to show off his darker side. Could this be the role to expand his range?
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The Office is coming to an end, Krasinski will have some free time. His performance in Nobody Walks marks a departure from his goofy roles, so Nick might be a step in the right direction for him.
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Argo director's got his hands full making his own movies, but Affleck would still be a perfect candidate for the New Yorker who is forced to move back to his hometown in the Midwest.
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Sturgess's roles in
Cloud Atlas showcase his ability to play many sides to the same soul, which is a must for someone like Nick, who must play to the cameras.
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Egglesfield has a toothy winning smile, perfect for Nick, who is notorious for being unable to suppress a grin, even in dire circumstances like a morbid press conference.
Additional reporting by Emily Bibb
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