David Fincher‘s “Gone Girl” will be the opening-night film at this year’s New York Film Festival, NYFF organizers announced on Friday.
The world premiere of Fincher’s film will take place on Sept. 26 at Alice Tully Hall, with the festival returning to the reopened Tavern on the Green restaurant for the opening-night after party.
Fincher also premiered his Oscar-nominated “The Social Network” at NYFF in 2010. His new film has long been rumored to be a likely fit for the festival, which will run from Sept. 26 through Oct. 12.
In recent years the festival has reasserted its position as a player in the awards-season jockeying that takes place at other fall festivals, notably Venice, Telluride and Toronto. Other NYFF openers in recent years have included “Captain Phillips” and “Life of Pi.”
“Gone Girl” is based on the Gillian Flynn bestseller about a man suspected of killing his wife. It stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry, and is scheduled to be released by Fox and New Regency on Oct. 3.
NYFF previously announced that it will show the U.S. premiere of the 4K restoration of Alain Resnais’ 1959 classic “Hiroshima Mon Amour” at the festival, as well as a Joseph L. Mankiewicz retrospective and revival screenings of Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in America,” Howard Brookner’s “Burroughs: The Movie” and Sergei Parajanov’s “The Color of Pomegranates.”
Additional programming will be announced in the coming weeks, with tickets on sale beginning Sept. 7. Members of the Film Society of Lincoln Center will have access to a presale period before the public release.