Deadline is reporting that Amy Adams has stepped down the Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places adaptation.
It looks like Gillian Flynn is Hollywood’s hot new author. Even though she’s only written three novels to date, “Gone Girl” has David Fincher kicking the tires on the director’s chair, “Sharp Objects” is brewing over at Blumhouse (“Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious”) and “Dark Places” has already attracted the attention of Amy Adams. And while the actress has moved on from the developing movie, a no less talented name may be taking her place.
Deadline reports that Charlize Theron is now circling the lead role. [Source]
The Hollywood Reporter has a series of interviews this week with some famous writers which books are going to be produced/turned into movies. Gillian Flynn (which has three of her books being in production, including Dark Places that will star Amy Adams) gave an interview in which she talks about Amy casting:
THR: What’s the status of the Sharp Objects and Dark Places adaptations?
Flynn: Dark Places is the closest; we want to start filming this winter. Sharp Objects has a producer, Jason Blum, and right now we are just trying to find the right director.
THR: Did you have a hand in casting Amy Adams in Dark Places?
Flynn: Not at all. I had many conversations with [Paquet-Brenner], and I really clicked with him. I had seen several of his other movies and thought he would be very well suited. From the beginning, he loved Amy, whom he pursued.
THR: Did you think she was the right fit for the role?
Flynn: Absolutely. I don’t tend to think of actors while writing, but as soon as he mentioned her name — I had seen The Fighter, and [the character] Libby Day in Dark Places has a kind of rough edge and rawness to her that I thought Amy could totally pull off.
Read the whole interview at The Hollywood Reporter website.
Deadline reports that Adams will play the lead in Dark Places, a story about a young girl in Kansas who survives a massacre of her family, testifies against her brother as the murderer, and is visited 25 years later by a secret society that claims her brother is innocent. Somehow, reliving the incident is the only way to find out the real truth.
The film will be written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, who made waves with his WWII-era film Sarah’s Key back in 2010. Dark Places is based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling 2009 novel, and has elements of the Satanic cult scare that tore through America in the 1980s.