A24 has released a new trailer for Dark Places, the upcoming thriller based on the novel of the same name by Gone Girl author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn. Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, the film stars Charlize Theron as Libby Day, a woman who, at the age of 7, survived the massacre of her family and testified against her brother as the murderer. Years later, when confronted by a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes, Libby is forced to confront the truth about what she saw—or didn’t see.
This film has been in the can for a while now, and it didn’t exactly feel like a good sign when it wasn’t released in theaters last fall/winter in order to piggy back off the success of Gone Girl. The story remains interesting, and the cast is great, but the distribution of the film has been odd the say the least. That said, this U.S. trailer—which is far superior to those released previously—teases an intriguing enough thriller.
Watch the new trailer below. Dark Places is available starting today for a 30-day exclusive window on DIRECTV and will be released in theaters and on VOD on August 7th. Nicholas Hoult, Corey Stoll, Christina Hendricks, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Tye Sheridan also star.
Here’s the official synopsis for Dark Places:
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. Also starring Christina Hendricks, Corey Stoll and Chloë Grace Moretz, Dark Places is an ingeniously twisted thriller based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl).