Whenever an article about Gillian Flynn goes up here, there’s almost always a lengthy comment diversion thread debating which of her books is the best. And Dark Places always gets a huge percentage of those votes. The book, which focuses on a young woman unpacking the murder of her family after years of repression, is that Flynn brand of half-action mystery, half-psychological black hole, done to perfection. After the bang-up adaptation of Gone Girl, most of us were beyond thrilled to see this book come to life.
The catch here, though, was in the casting. If you’ve read the book, you know that Charlize Theron is NOT Libby Day. Not as written. I feel gross saying an actress is too tall, too old, or too anything, really, to play a role, but this isn’t a Maggie Gyllenhaal sort of thing. This is a vulnerability issue. Libby is not an ostensible fighter. She is the opposite, physically and emotionally, of a warrior woman. She is the opposite of Charlize Theron, who is, of course, a great actress with a huge range, but from the look of the trailer, she doesn’t seem to be playing all that hard against type.
What do you think? Do you dig it, or are you readying your #NotMyLibby campaign? Does the tone excite you, or is it too cut-and-dry thriller? )This is a story that I imagine would be VERY difficult to reduce to a non-spoilery trailer, so I think it’s easy to trust that the actual film will be more nuanced.) Let’s hear it. I’d also love, however, to hear from those of you who haven’t read the book, to know what this looks like from your perspective, so book readers, make sure to include spoiler warnings in your comments.
A quick post-script: Apparently the whole movie is available on DirecTV for the next seven weeks leading up to its full release.