The Monster star will portray lead character Libby Day in the film, which chronicles one woman's efforts to bring her brother to justice after he is accused of killing their sisters and mother in a cult ritual.
The film adaptation of author Gillian Flynn's book will be French director Gilles Paquet-Brenner's first American movie. It will be co-produced by Theron's film company Denvery & Delilah, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dark Places became a big hit upon its release in 2009, remaining on the New York Times Bestseller List for more than 25 weeks.
First Reese Witherspoon and now, quite possibly, Charlize Theron. Author Gillian Flynn not only knows how to get readers hooked with her books, she attracts A-list stars to their big screen adaptations.
The Oscar-winning Witherspoon is on board to produce (and perhaps star in) the movie version of Flynn's talked-about bestseller Gone Girl (David Fincher is set to adapt the dark nail-biter), and now, according to Deadline, the Oscar-winning Theron is the name attached to the big screen adaption of Flynn's other talked-about bestseller Dark Places. (Hollywood.com reached out to Theron's reps for a response to the report, but they could not be immediately reached for contact.)
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While the project originally had Amy Adams on board, Theron is now a strong contender for the part. And what a part it is. In the film, Theron would play the story's protagonist Libby, a woman who, as a child, witnessed the murder of her mother and sisters by what's thought to be a cult. Years after testifying against her brother in court for the crime, Libby, who has since become a hardened recluse, crosses paths with the Kill Club, a secret group dedicated to solving grisly mysteries and crimes. Libby then must recall, through a series of flashbacks, the horrific murders and begin to piece it all back together. Like we said, it's quite a role, not to mention one Theron is more than suited for, considering what she's done with darker material before. (See: The Road, Young Adult, Monster, In the Valley of Elah.)
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Dark Places, which has Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key, Pretty Things) attached as a director, is reportedly looking for a March 2013 start date. In the meantime, Theron's next project Mad Max: Fury Road, doesn't hit theaters until 2014.
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As Jason Segel once sang, "Life is a happy song." That's a certainty. Of course, murder can sort of put a strain on that mentality. Segel's The Muppets costar, Amy Adams (who, among a cast of beloved bug-eyed puppets, was quite possibly the most adorable character onscreen) is taking up with a particularly severe new project: Dark Places, written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner from the novel by Gillian Flynn.
The story will center on Adam's character, who, in childhood, lost her parents to a brutal murder... one that was eventually pinned on her brother, after she testified against him in court. The movie will pick up when a full-grown Adams begins to have doubts about the verdict after a secret society of de facto investigators takes a look at her case, bent on proving that there is more than meets the eye.
From her attachment to this group, Adam's character's starts to question whether her brother may well have been wrongfully imprisoned and abandoned by his only remaining family member after suffering through the horrendous slaughter of his own parents.
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