Charlize Theron May Visit Some 'Dark Places' Instead of Amy Adams
by Ben Pearson
February 4, 2013
Author Gillian Flynn definitely has a hot hand right now. Her mystery novel Gone Girl is being adapted into a film and recently caught the eye of Fight Club and The Social Network director David Fincher, and an adaptation of another of her books, Dark Places, is back in the news today. Amy Adams was set to star in the thriller when the project was first announced back in May of last year, but now Deadline is reporting that Adams has fallen away from the movie and Charlize Theron is in talks to step in as a replacement. It's a shame that Adams had to bail here, but swapping an A-list actress for another seems like a good trade.
The intriguing story follows a young Kansas girl named Libby who witnesses the massacre of her mother and sister, testifies against her brother as the murderer, and is visited 25 years later by a secret society called the Kill Club that claims her brother is innocent. Reliving the traumatic incident is the only way to be sure of what happened, but by retracing her steps on her way to finding the truth, Libby again finds herself being chased by a killer. It would have been nice to see Adams show another side of herself on screen with a darker project like this, but Theron seems like a qualified choice for a replacement. She can play horrified, calculating, inquisitive, and mysterious with the best of 'em, and she should be a good vehicle through which the audience can experience this story.
French director Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah's Key) is all set to write and direct, with an approximate budget of $15 million in place and a start date penciled in for next month. It sounds like there's much more to the story of Dark Places than meets the eye, and with a start date so soon on the horizon, we should be hearing more confirmations about casting in the coming weeks. Cool?