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Today brings intriguing news for Gone Girl fans: Rosamund Pike is returning to the thriller genre with a “fierce” lead role.

According to Deadline, the actress has been cast in I Care A Lot, a new thriller from British writer-director J. Blakeson (The 5th Wave, The Disappearance of Alice Creed).

Pike, who earned an Oscar nomination for her Gone Girl performance, will play a super-successful legal guardian who’s learned how to game the system to her benefit, but her clients’ detriment. Her livelihood is threatened, however, when she takes on a deceptively perfect-looking client.

The film’s producer Teddy Schwarzman said of the casting: “We can think of no one better to play I Care A Lot’s fierce, intelligent, and unrelenting lead than Rosamund Pike, who deserves all the accolades she’s received to date and more. We can’t wait to see Rosamund do something truly memorable with this iconic role.”

“Iconic” is a pretty big word, but it’s hard to deny the role sounds well-suited to Pike, who’s currently enjoying a particularly rich vein of form. She recently scored a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as war reporter Marie Colvin in A Private War. And next year, she’ll be seen as Marie Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, in science biopic Radioactive.

She’s also due to star opposite Chris O’Dowd in State of the Union, an upcoming SundanceTV comedy series written by Nick Hornby (About a Boy) and directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen).

Are you excited for Rosamund Pike’s latest role?

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By Nick Levine