Ben Affleck in Gone Girl

Now that 2013 is coming to a close, let the opening salvo of 2014 be a slew of furrowed brows. In the first looks for their upcoming roles, some of 2013’s most talked about actors look very concerned. Two of them may be concerned because they are taking on roles for major names in the field of directing. Ben Affleck can be seen in the first still from David Fincher’s drama Gone Girl, while Christian Bale is playing Moses is Ridley Scott’s upcoming epic Exodus. And while master detective and part-time dragon Benedict Cumberbatch may not be getting the same directing pedigree in The Imitation Game, he does get to play famed codebreaker Alan Turing for the immensely talented Morten Tyldum, who directed the underseen Headhunters.

All in all, there is great cause for concerned glances as we gaze upon these first looks.

First up is Affleck in Gone Girl, seen at the top of the page. In the film based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, Batman-to-be plays a man who moves home to Missouri to open a bar, then finds himself the prime suspect when his wife mysteriously disappears. It is due in theaters on October 3, 2014. (via The Playlist)

Christian Bale in Exodus

Next in line, and latest to the web, is Christian Bale shedding is faux-paunch from American Hustle to play Moses in Ridley Scott’s Exodus. From what we understand, this one will have all the classics: burning bush, Ten Commandments, the parting of the Red Sea, among others. Do not worry fair Isrealites, Batman is here to save you. This one lands on December 12, 2014. (via Empire)

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing

And finally we get to the point in this article where I wish that Benedict Cumberbatch had, at some point, played Batman. That would’ve made for a perfect trifecta of jokes. Alas, he did play a dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In his upcoming work, he will play the man considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. Alan Turing was also the owner of one killer part in his hair. In the first look at The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch has the ‘do and is seen standing next to racks of computing glory. It’s all very authentic. The film has not been set for release, but will drop sometime in 2014. (via Twitter)

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