Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), the film tells the story of Libby Day (Charlize Theron) who was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered in their rural Kansas home. In court, the traumatized child pointed the finger at her brother, Ben (Tye Sheridan), and her testimony put the troubled 16-year old in prison for life. Twenty-five years later, a broke and desperate Libby has run through donations from a sympathetic public and royalties from her sensational autobiography, without ever moving past the events of that night.
Libby accepts a fee to appear at a gathering of true-crime enthusiasts led by Lyle Wirth (Nicholas Hoult),but she is shocked to learn most of them believe Ben is innocent and the real killer is still at large. In need of money, she reluctantly agrees to help them reexamine the crime by revisiting the worst moments of her life. But as Libby and Lyle dig deeper into the circumstances surrounding the murders, her recollections start to unravel and she is forced to question exactly what she saw – or didn’t see. As long-buried memories resurface, Libby begins to confront the wrenching truths that led up to that horrific night.
Dark Places also stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks, Corey Stoll and is due to hit cinemas on August 7.
Watch the trailer below.