Ben Affleck is in negotiations for the lead role in David Fincher's next project "Gone Girl" at 20th Century Fox and New Regency.
Based on the Gillian Flynn novel, Affleck plays a husband whose wife disappears during their fifth anniversary - leaving him the prime suspect for her murder.
No female lead is yet set, but filming begins this fall. Affleck will complete the film before going to work on his next directorial effort, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's "Live By Night".
Flynn penned the first draft of the script, while Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea and Leslie Dixon are producing.