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‘Dark Places’ Trailer: Charlize Theron Confronts Her Past

Another Gillian Flynn novel is getting an adaptation. Dark Places stars Charlize Theron as a woman with a very troubled past. Her family was brutally murdered when she was a kid and her brother was presumably the one who was responsible. She even testified against him in court, but, years later, she starts to have doubts about her brother’s guilt.

The film premiered in Paris earlier this year and has gotten mixed reviews. Variety called it a “disappointment,” while The Hollywood Reporter praised Theron’s performance as an “earnest and downbeat turn that says a lot with little dialogue.”

Flynn’s other novel Sharp Objects is being made into a TV series with Marti Noxon and Jason Blum at the helm. Flynn herself is working with Gone Girl director David Fincher on a U.S. adaptation of the British sci-fi thriller Utopia, which will air on HBO.

Dark Places was written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. It stars Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, Nicholas Hoult, Corey Stoll, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Tye Sheridan.

Libby Day (Charlize Theron) was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. In court, the traumatized child pointed the finger at her brother, Ben (Tye Sheridan), and her testimony put the troubled 16-year-old in prison for life. Twenty-five years later, a broke and desperate Libby has run through donations from a sympathetic public and royalties from her sensational autobiography, without ever moving past the events of that night.

When Libby accepts a fee to appear at a gathering of true-crime aficionados led by Lyle Wirth (Nicholas Hoult), she is shocked to learn most of them believe Ben is innocent and the real killer is still at large. In need of money, she reluctantly agrees to help them reexamine the crime by revisiting the worst moments of her life. But as Libby and Lyle dig deeper into the circumstances surrounding the murders, her recollections start to unravel and she is forced to question exactly what she saw—or didn’t see. As long-buried memories resurface, Libby begins to confront the wrenching truths that led up to that horrific night.

Dark Places will be released in theaters on August 7, 2015.