Although Amy Adams was rumored for the role last May, Deadline is reporting that Charlize Theron is now eyeing the leading role in a big screen adaptation of the Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places. The book, published in 2010, is officially described as follows:
I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas. As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survivedand famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers whove long forgotten her.
The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for detailsproof they hope may free BenLibby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, shell reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club and maybe shell admit her testimony wasnt so solid after all.
As Libbys search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libbys doomed family membersincluding Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she startedon the run from a killer.
Theron recently appeared in the blockbusters Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus. Next, she’ll star Mad Max: Fury Road and is said to be in talks to headline Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West.
The film version of Dark Places will be written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key).
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