This morning Deadline‘s Mike Fleming reported that Gone Girl trio David Fincher, Ben Affleck and Gillian Flynn are re-teaming at Warner Bros. for a Strangers On A Train remake. Affleck would play the Guy Haines role, except in Flynn’s 21st Century version of Patricia Highsmith‘s tale, Affleck won’t be a tennis pro but “a movie star in the middle of an Oscar campaign during awards season” — hilarious! — and when Affleck’s private plane breaks down a wealthy stranger (i.e., the Bruno Antony character) offers him a lift back to Los Angeles, and then it’s off to the races.
Wells to Fincher: Please don’t cast a boilerplate psycho type as Bruno. Please don’t cast James Franco or Jude Law, and put any notions of Christoph Waltz out of your head this instant. You know who’d be good as Bruno? Matt Damon. Or tap into the dark corners of some funny guy. Go with Seth Rogen or Jack Black or Jason Segel (as long as he’s not in a fat cycle). And speaking of fat, Chris Pratt wouldn’t be a bad choice either. Just don’t go generic.