With the exception of a couple House of Cards episodes, David Fincher returns this fall with Gone Girl, his first directorial effort since 2011's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It is yet another thriller based on a popular novel. This time, the director is adapting the works of Gillian Flynn and he calls it the date movie that will "end 15 million marriages". Star Ben Affleck has a slightly different take on this story of a husband accused of his wife's murder after she goes missing. He, instead, believes it's the perfect date movie.

Check out three new photos featuring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Nick and Amy Dunne, as well as Neil Patrick Harris as Amy's ex Desi and Carrie Coon, as Nick's sister Margo. Then read on for more of what Ben Affleck has to say about this dark thriller.

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Speaking with Empire for their upcoming October issue, Ben Affleck reflected on the powerful nature of the story held within Gone Girl, and what that might mean for couples who watch it together.

Gone Girl follows happily married couple Nick and Amy Dunne, and what happens when the wife goes missing. Ben Affleck offers these thoughts:

"I actually think this is the perfect date movie, not because I think it'll result in divorce - I think that's just David's fantasy - but because it's the kind of movie that a husband and wife could talk about afterwards. I think a man and a woman would have different takes on what happens. The last time I was in a movie that I thought polarised men and women in an interesting way was Chasing Amy. That was quite some time ago."

Co-star Rosamund Pike, seen in the photo above working alongside director David Fincher, had this to say about those aspects of the movie:

"That aspect of marriage as a con game, or whatever. The idea that we perform a sort of ideal version of ourselves that the other person wants. We perhaps belie our true nature in order to perform to the ideal. David and I talked a lot about living in an age of rampant narcissism."
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