Courtesy of 20th Century Fox
By Meghan Bell
You don’t have to drive to Hollywood to visit a blockbuster movie set. Instead, visit Cape Girardeau, where David Fincher filmed Gone Girl, based on the book by Gillian Flynn. For the movie, Cape became the fictional North Carthage, Missouri. Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), move to Nick’s hometown after they lose their jobs. On the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, Amy suddenly disappears. Nick discovers clues during the search for his wife but becomes the prime suspect. Although the cameras are gone, you can still visit places that appear in the film.
On set: Nick and his sister, Margo, own The Bar.
In Cape: The building located at 119 Themis Street housed Social’s Café and Catering before the business moved. The location is undergoing renovations for a reopening.
Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge
On set: Amy drives across Cape’s Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. You might also catch the bridge in the background in other scenes.
In Cape: Just ten years after its completion, the bridge, named after the Southeast Missouri congressman, makes its Hollywood debut. You can’t miss it set aglow at night.
Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo
On set: An evening vigil for Amy takes place at the Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo.
In Cape: The gazebo is at 44 North Lorimier Street.
The Old Federal Building
On Set: The old federal building was transformed into a police station. When Nick and his lawyer exit the building, they wade through the throng of reporters.
In Cape: The building at 339 Broadway was vacant before makeup and costume crews arrived. Now, a co-working community and a law firm have moved in.
Before you retrace Gone Girl’s steps in Cape, visit gonegirlmovie.com, and search the interactive crime scene for clues. One is a 2012 issue of Missouri Life. The film arrives in theaters October 3. For more information about these locations and bothers in the film, check out visitcape.com/GoneGirl.