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Charlize Theron Stars in Dark Places

By February 7, 2013

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Dark PlacesOscar winner Charlize Theron (Monster) is helping to bring the bestselling book Dark Places to the big screen as both the film version's star and producer. Dark Places was written by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and won both the Crime Writers' Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and Dark Scribe Magazine Black Quill Award for Dark Genre Novel of the Year awards, and fans of the novel have been anxiously awaiting a movie adaptation (as long as it remains faithful to the source material).

For those who haven't read Dark Places, here's the storyline: "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 survived-and 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 who've long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details-proof they hope may free Ben-Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she'll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club... and maybe she'll admit her testimony wasn't so solid after all. As Libby's 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 Libby's doomed family members-including 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 started-on the run from a killer."

Theron will play the adult Libby.

Dark Places will be adapted for the screen by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Pretty Things, Sarah's Key) who is also attached to direct. The project's set up at Exclusive Media who'll be producing and financing along with Theron's Denver and Delilah Productions. Announcing Theron's involvement, Exclusive Media's Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East stated: "We are delighted to be teaming up with Charlize, Mandalay Vision, Stephane, and Gilles to bring this riveting thriller based on Gillian's best-selling book to a worldwide movie audience. Devoted fans of her book will be delighted to learn that the screen adaptation is coming from such a stellar team of creative filmmakers."

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