A new, U.S. trailer was released for the film Dark Places, a thriller based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, best-selling author of Gone Girl. The film is slotted for release in August, although it has been pushed back numerous times before now.
After the critical success of Gone Girl, Dark Places could be an exciting late-summer thriller, especially with its cast of Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, and its writer/director Gilles Paquet-Brenner (who helmed Sarah’s Key and other thrillers like Walled In).
The film centers around Libby (Theron), a woman who, as an eight-year-old girl, named her brother in court as the person who murdered her mother and two sisters on their rural farm in Kansas. Unfortunately now, the money Libby received from well-wishers and supporters has all but dried up, and she is looking for a way to make more. She agrees to appear for a group of true-crime aficionados and is horrified to learn that most of these individuals do not believe her brother actually killed her other family members, causing her to question everything she thought she saw that night. Lyle, one of the crime-obsessed club members (played by Nicholas Hoult of Warm Bodies and X-Men: Days of Future Past fame), decides to help Libby find out if her brother (former House of Cards actor Corey Stoll) is really the murderer she believes him to be.
The trailer itself doesn’t give much of the story away, but it does seem to capitalize on its most relevant cast members. Theron and Hoult recently starred in the extremely successful action film, Mad Max: Fury Road, which grossed over 44 million dollars in its opening weekend. In addition, Stoll has two highly anticipated films slated for release in the coming months (Black Mass with Johnny Depp in September and Ant-Man in July, in which he will play the villain Yellowjacket), plus the TV series The Strain also returning to the small screen. With these facts in mind, August seems like well-timed slot for Dark Places to hit theaters with these actors headlining.
From the trailer, Dark Places does seem to have everything a good thriller should (a great cast, a seasoned and focused writer/director, and source material that promises audiences a gripping ride). Therefore, it is somewhat strange that the film wrapped almost a year and a half ago and still hasn’t been released. But the new trailer definitely gives it a stronger, clearer narrative than the international version, which was released all the way back in March and was a little bogged down in plot-based information that wasn’t necessary to hooking in audiences.
However, if the film manages to focus on character interaction more than the expected jumps and scares provided in both trailers, it is likely to be worth the trip to the movie theater - and maybe an eventual Saturday night RedBox rental.
Dark Places will be released in U.S. theaters on August 7th, 2015.
Source: A24 Films