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Gone Girl, David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling mystery thriller, will open the 52nd New York Film Festival, as first reported by Variety.

The movie stars Ben Affleck as a man who may have killed his missing wife (Rosamund Pike) after they retreat to his hometown in Missouri, following professional setbacks in New York City. Former EW TV critic Flynn wrote the screenplay, and the cast also includes Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Patrick Fugit, and Casey Wilson.

The New York Film Festival, which runs Sept. 26 to Oct. 12, begins hot on the heels of Telluride, Venice, and Toronto, three other showcases for launching aspiring Oscar contenders. Last year, Captain Phillips, Her, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty all premiered in New York, with Inside Llewyn Davis making its North American debut there.

An official NYFF announcement is expected this morning. Fox, which is distributing the film, did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

Gone Girl opens in theaters on Oct. 3.

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