The motion picture adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling mystery novel Dark Places is currently in the works, starring Charlize Theron as the protagonist Libby Day. The story follows Libby as she is forced by a secret society to revisit horrifying childhood memories of her family's brutal murder .
The domestic distribution rights to this 2009 thriller were purchased by A24 in partnership with DirectTV. The movie has been planned since 2010, but following the huge box office and critical success of Flynn's Gone Girl, it is now generating considerably more interest. It will be difficult to match the triumph of Gone Girl, but those involved in the project are undoubtedly hoping for another blockbuster.
The cast also features Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass film franchise), Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, Nicholas Hoult (last seen in X-Men Days of Future Past) and Drea de Matteo (Sons of Anarchy).
The screenplay was written by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, whose most recent work includes the war drama Sarah's Key. Paquet-Brenner will also direct the movie.
In addition to playing the lead role, Theron is serving as one of film's producers.
Dark Places is expected to premiere some time in 2015.
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