Christina Hendricks Promoted from Stripper to Mom in Gillian Flynn's "Dark Places"
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Christina Hendricks Promoted from Stripper to Mom in Gillian Flynn's "Dark Places"

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | September 4, 2013 | Comments ()


Christina Hendricks, who had previously been cast in Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places as the relatively minor character of a stripper, has now been promoted. She will play the mother of the lead character in flashbacks, a beefier role less half nude role, although not exactly a happier one for those familiar with Flynn’s novel.

Charlize Theron will play her present-day daughter in the film, which will follow Libby (Theron), who learns that the supposed massacre of her family by brother Ben, which she testified in court decades beforehand, might not be what was assumed. ChloĆ« Moretz and Corey Stoll have also been cast. Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) adapted the screenplay and will direct.

It’s a fantastic book, but honestly, the casting seems all wrong so far, especially Theron.

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  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    Theron is perfect for this role! Her character from Young Adult was actually kind of who I pictured when reading it.

  • grr arrgh

    Having read the book....I can see her as the stripper but not the mom. If I remember correctly, the mom was supposed to be a very worn down, tired, malnourished character. She does have the boobs for the stripper character. I mean, in the book, that character points out having had a boob job. I'm not sure I can believe Hendricks as a "hasn't eaten in three days in order to save food for her kids" crusty farm working person. I swear I'm not calling her fat. I think she's gorgeous and a lovely deviation from the typical "This is what women should look like" ideal.

  • So they "promoted" her from a person who fulfills some male need to a person who fulfills some male need? Way to elevate female roles past being support systems for male protagonists!

  • rinnieroo

    As a female I fee that is a patronizing comment and unnecessary. I sometimes wish men would let women speak to women's issues and not try to help figure out what WE should be offended by.

  • foolsage

    You're making an odd assumption about mothers in general. Being a mother doesn't innately make one a person who fulfills male needs; it's possible e.g. to be a single mother raising a daughter, with no males actually involved post-conception.

  • Fair point. However, that isn't the case here that I'm talking about. Most female characters in Hollywood movies are always created as some kind of counterpoint to a male lead in some fashion... and not fleshed out as human beings with their own motivations independent of what it is they do for a male character.

  • rinnieroo

    There is a huge wave of women warrior films, even at Disney. In Tangled, the princess rescued the guy. In Frog Princes same thing. Bridesmaids, Thelma and Louise, Erin Brockovich, Steel Magnolias, The Dark Knight Rises, Game of Thrones...I'm not sure what you're talking about.

  • foolsage

    Oh, I certainly agree. I just don't associate the general disempowerment of women in our culture and our media with motherhood specifically, which seemed to be your initial complaint. That is to say, you seemed to conflate motherhood with objectification, which I don't think is generally that common a view, nor one easily supported. Being a mother doesn't mean being the tool of some man.

    I didn't downvote you though. :)

    And, to be clear, I remain a feminist. Too few films pass the Bechdel test. That still doesn't mean that the role of "mother" is somehow worthy of scorn, or is less than the promotion it was presented to be. Even crass dudebros love their mommas. The cultures that created the concept of machismo are surprisingly dominated by mothers in several regards.

  • Becks

    The female is the protagonist in this film.

  • denesteak

    omg i read this thinking the movie is Gone Girl -- which I read last month -- and being completely confused. And after repeated readings, my eyes finally actually stopped at "Dark Places" instead of just grazing over it.

    I'm a dumbass.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    not a dumbass. Because I almost posted, so Hendricks is Affleck's mom? And is mentioning a family massacre spoiling the supposedly very suspenseful Gone Girl, which I still haven't read? [seriously, friend, finish it so I can borrow it already]

  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    Chloe Moretz seems like an obvious choice for Diondra. A little *too* obvious, though.

  • Mrcreosote

    Wait, what role does Ben Affleck have in this? Is he the Dark Knight? Because RAAAAAAAGGGGGEEE!!!!!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I saw your comment on a NY Times piece the other day. It felt weird.

  • Mrcreosote

    Wait, what? What comment? This one?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    No, um, I thought on - someone with your handle posted a comment. I think about something Canadian? I thought it was you.

    side note. I did not know until just now while trying to find that needle in a haystack that Mr. Creosote is the bucket guy from Meaning of Life.

  • Conor

    As a fan of a great actress, this is good news.

    As a straight man?


  • "sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh"

    /packs up tent outside theater
    //heads back to work

  • bastich

    /puts pants back on
    /packs away Christina Hendricks body pillow

  • Ian Fay

    Am I a misogynist for being disappointed by this? Or merely a dude?

  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    If it follows the book closely, we wouldn't actually get to see the stripper strip. So you would have been disappointed anyway.

  • Ian Fay

    Which reminds me, I need to read that book. I heard the author on NPR recently and she was pretty great.

  • BigBlueKY

    to follow-up from yesterday's Kate Upton post... again, the answer is always boobs.

  • If it's just a minor part, they should combine the two roles so that she's a mom who's a stripper. That way everybody wins.

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