Chloë Moretz Joins ‘Dark Places’ Cast Alongside Charlize Theron

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 20th, 2014 at 11:52 am,

chloe moretz dark places charlize theron Chloë Moretz Joins Dark Places Cast Alongside Charlize Theron

Sixteen-year-old actress Chloë Moretz is already no stranger to the darker genres of cinema, having starred in the ultra-violent Kick-Ass movies, Matt Reeves’ haunting vampire love story Let Me In, and the crime thriller Texas Killing Fields - as well as providing voice talent for the rat-ridden steampunk assassination-themed video game, Dishonored. She will also be seen later this year as the lead in Kimberley Peirce’s Carrie remake, and early teaser images show her drenched from head to toe in pig’s blood, following the film’s most iconic scene.

It’s fair to say that Moretz’s career has already been to some pretty dark places, so it only makes sense that her next should follow suit. Deadline reports that Moretz is in talks to join Exclusive Media’s new thriller, Dark Places, based on the mystery novel by Gillian Flynn. The screenwriter and director for the project is Gilles Paquet-Brenner, who previously adapted the Sergio Brussolo novel Les Emmurés into a horror movie called Walled In.

You may recall that Amy Adams was originally cast in the lead for Dark Places last May, but she has since been replaced by Charlize Theron, who will play Libby Day – a woman who was present at the massacre of her entire family in a “Satan Sacrifice” by her older brother when she was just seven years old. Years later she begins to investigate the circumstances surrounding the slaughter, and the possibility that it may not have been her brother who committed the murders after all.

Moretz will play Diondra, the one-time girlfriend of Libby’s brother, Ben. Diondra is described in the book’s synopsis as a “brooding metal fan“, who introduced Ben to a lifestyle full of drugs and the dark arts – a lifestyle that apparently corrupted him and turned him into a murderer. The plot of the book switches between Libby’s modern-day attempts to uncover the secrets of the past, and flashbacks to the day of the murder shown through the eyes of various different people involved – so presumably Moretz’s role will be in flashback scenes. There may also be another casting announcement on the way for an adult version of the character.

Chloe Moretz is Hit Girl in Kick Ass 2 Chloë Moretz Joins Dark Places Cast Alongside Charlize Theron

Not having read the novel, I can’t speak with any certainty about plot points and story elements other than those described in the synopsis, but the premise of Dark Places definitely holds a lot of promise. Thrillers and murder-mysteries that involve supernatural or demonic elements have potential for a lot of ambiguity about whether or not unseen powers are at play, or whether the horror is entirely human.

The talent being lined up also makes this project worth keeping an eye on; Theron won an Academy Award for her lead role in 2003′s true-life serial killer film Monster, and Moretz is already a veteran of the horror, thriller and fantasy genres. Paquet-Brenner certainly has experience with novel adaptations (four out of his six previous films were based on books), but he’s yet to prove himself with significant box office success or critical acclaim. Will Dark Places be the film that makes his career?


We’ll keep you up to date on any further Dark Places news.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Sounds pretty cool, I’d watch it. My only worry is that the character is said to be a brooding metal fan according to this synopsis (never heard of the book) and while that’s all well and good, I as a lifelong metal fan am kinda tired of the cliched, stereotypical BS around the genre.

    Unless the writer of the book used it as an excuse to reference some of his/her favourite doom-laden songs of the past (which there weren’t that many of anyway until the late 80s when doom metal began) then it just smacks of lazy character writing.

    I mean, we can’t even have any Type O Negative unless the flashbacks are set in the 90s and the only depressing music I can think of from earlier would be The Cure and The Smiths, neither of which are anywhere near being rock, let alone metal.

    Anyway, somehow I imagine Chloe will become the next Christina Ricci with her career defined by abstract and dark characters/plots.

    • +1

    • Please, don’t compare them each other. I like Christina but Chloë has no equal.

  2. More Chloe moretz.

    Count me in! She’s great very talented so ill watch anything she’s in.

  3. i’ve been a fan of chloe since “let me in”, and this movie sounds cool and i can’t wait to see her in the carrie remake. i’m just hoping with all these “dark rolls” she’s taking, i hope she doesn’t become typecast.

  4. She’s 16 now. Good. I can look at her without feeling bad about it. I’ll just act like I’m in Switzerland.

  5. The article on Deadline just says she “in the talks” for being cast. Does that mean she’s basically got the role and they’re just negotiating payment, or has she actually not been cast yet? I hope she is cast, I’m just confused….

  6. Perfect casting so far on this film. I just finished the book and have high hopes for the movie. Chloe will make an awesome Diondra.

  7. The character of diondra is very racy… I just think its a little *mature* if u kno what I mean. Chloe is an amazing actress, but I feel like she’s a little too young for this role. I’m hoping the script is different from the novel! It has to b since I’m sure there’s laws against some of the things in the book.
    Lovely book!!! Ahh!!! Deff rated R tho!

  8. I think that Moretz will do the part of Diondra just. I can see her as a cool collected psycho that can go off the hook at a moments notice. And she can hold her own (thanks to Kickass and Kickass 2). Its a good start for the cast….Kinda figured Libby to be on the heftier side but not complaining about Charlize. We just need a calm and collected, no emotion character to play Ben……Ben Foster? Ryan Renolds and the older version. Benedict Cumberpatch as an older Trey(thats a stretch, but he can pull it off after that role in Star Trek)

  9. I have not read the book but I have been a huge fan of Chloe and Charlize for a long time now, definitely will see this movie when it comes out