Teenage movie star Chloe Grace Moretz has a big year ahead that includes this summer’s Kick-Ass 2 and the remake of Brian De Palma’s Carrie. And now it looks like she’s definitely back on top again as 16 years old Moretz is currently in talks to join Charlize Theron in the upcoming big screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s Dark Places.
Sarah’s Key helmer Gilles Paquet-Brenner will direct the upcoming thriller from his own script. Moretz is eyeing the role of Diondra, while Theron is set to play a woman named Libby Day, who, at the age of 7, survived the massacre of her sisters and mother in what appeared to a Satanic cult ritual.
The film was set to start shooting in March, which means this has likely been pushed back, if not just a little bit.
The novel is officially described as follows:
I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.
The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.
As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.