Dark Places, the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel starring Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron (Snow White and the Huntsman, Prometheus, Monster), Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy, X-Men: First Class, Jack the Giant Slayer), Chloe Moretz (upcoming Carrie, Hugo, Kick-Ass), Emmy Award nominated actress Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Drive), Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris, House of Cards), and Tye Sheridan (upcoming Joe, Mud, The Tree of Life), commenced principal photography this week on location in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Dark Places is written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah's Key), and is co-financed by Exclusive Media and Cuatro Plus Films. Exclusive Media is producing with Stéphane Marsil of Hugo Films, Charlize Theron's Denver and Delilah Productions partners Beth Kono and A.J. Dix; and Mandalay's Cathy Schulman and Matthew Rhodes. Exclusive Media's Matt Jackson will produce, with the company's Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Tobin Armbrust and Alexis Brunner Executive Producing. Peter Safran will also serve as an Executive Producer.
Dark Places tells the story of Libby Day (Theron), a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer. Twenty-five years later, a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes confronts her with questions about the horrific event. Told in a series of flashbacks from the points of view of Libby's mother, Patty, and her brother, Ben, Libby is forced to revisit that fateful day and begins to question what exactly she saw - or didn't see - the night of the tragedy.
Rounding out the cast alongside Theron, Hoult, Moretz, Hendricks, Stoll and Tye Sheridan are supporting cast members Sterling Jerins (World War Z, The Conjuring) who will play Young Libby and Shannon Kook (The Conjuring).
The novel Dark Places was published in 2009 and was listed on The New York Times Best Seller List for more than 25 weeks. The book was also shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and won the Dark Scribe Magazine Black Quill Award for Dark Genre Novel of the Year. Gillian Flynn is one of today's leading suspense writers with her current novel, Gone Girl, spending eight weeks at No. 1 on the hardcover fiction best-seller list of The New York Times. Gone Girl has sold more than two million copies in print and digital formats.