Author Gillian Flynn has already carved out a reputation in literature thanks a trio of pulse-pounding thrillers in the form of Sharp Objects, Dark Places and Gone Girl, but it was only when 20th Century Fox adapted the latter murder mystery that the acclaimed writer became a presence in the film industry, too.
And though it hasn’t adhered to the most conventional path in its journey to the big screen, Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s adaptation of Flynn’s Dark Places is gearing up for a release at the beginning of March after being picked A24, and today brings word of the thriller’s first eerie trailer.
Starring Charlize Theron as the estranged Libby Day, the story revolves a tragic event from her childhood: the gruesome murder of her mother and two sisters. Testifying against her brother, Libby vows to put the horrific event behind her, but after stumbling across a strange, underground society known as The Kill Club, she is presented with a rare opportunity to unearth the mysteries behind that fateful night.
Going off of premise alone, Dark Places appears to be cut from the same cloth as Flynn’s other, jet-black work, but the reason we’re cautiously optimistic for this adaptation is the thriller’s ensemble cast which includes Corey Stoll, Tye Sheridan, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Sterling Jerins and Christina Hendricks.
Dark Places will loom into theaters first in France on March 30 before opening on April 8.
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.