First Trailer and Poster for 'Dark Places' Based on the Novel by Gillian Flynn

Thursday, 05 March 2015 09:34 Written by  iamrogue
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First Trailer and Poster for 'Dark Places' Based on the Novel by Gillian Flynn

Thanks to an international trailer and poster, you can get your first real looks at Dark Places and bone up on remedial French at the same time.

Dark Places is based on the bestseller by Gillian Flynn, the novelist behind Gone Girl.  Like last year's twisted sensation, this thriller is darker than the inside of a coffin on a moonless prairie night.

Here's the setup: When she was just seven years old, Libby testified against her fifteen-year-old brother in the brutal murder of their mother and two sisters.  The crime, dubbed "The Satan Sacrifice," remains notorious twenty-five years later.  A now grown-up Libby is approached by a secret group obsessed with such crimes, a "Kill Club" of amateur sleuths seeking new information from Libby in the hope of freeing her brother. 

Looking at the evidence, she sets out on a renewed investigation that proves both revelatory and dangerous, challenging her most basic assumptions about the night that irrevocably changed her life.

Charlize Theron stars as Libby, and her glamorousness pokes out from beneath her weathered trucker's cap in this trailer.  She's joined by a pretty phenomenal cast that includes Corey Stoll as her brother, with new X-Men: Apocalypse addition Tye Sheridan as the younger version.  Speaking of X-Men, First Class and Days of Future Past actor Nicholas Hoult plays the Kill Clubber.  Chloe Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks, and Drea De Matteo also lend support in what look like crucial roles.

Unlike Gone Girl, where Flynn adapted her own novel, this screenplay is written by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, the French filmmaker who also directs here.

Flynn's keeping busy, though, as she's currently writing the remake of Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train for director David Fincher and star Ben Affleck.

Dark Places opens in France next month, but is conspicuously still without a U.S. release date.  Given the cast and the course material, the film will definitely find its way Stateside sooner or later.

Here's the synopsis for the novel, followed by the French poster for the film:

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.

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