Photo by Willy Vanderperre, Styled by Olivier Rizzo
David Fincher cast Rosamund Pike for the leading role in Gone Girl because she was an unfamiliar face. Not for long.
"I have a fondness for difficulties," Rosamund Pike told me as her trainer, Holly Lawson, who is the No. 5 welterweight female boxer in the world, taped Pike's hands at the Box 'N Burn gym in Santa Monica. It was a sunny morning in mid-January, and Pike was hell-bent on learning how to box. Seven months earlier, when she was cast by the director David Fincher in the highly coveted role of Amy Dunne in Gone Girl-the movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn's dark, twisty best-seller about a woman who disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary and may (or may not) have been murdered by her husband-Pike, at Fincher's request, began enthusiastically working out almost daily with Lawson. "In the past, during action scenes, I used to worry that I ran like a girl," Pike, 35, explained. Lawson showed