Christina Hendricks 'Dark Places': Actress Gets Lead Role, Not Stripper

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Thursday, 05 Sep 2013 02:58 PM

By Megan Anderle

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Much to her male admirers' dismay, Christina Hendricks will not be playing a stripper in the upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynn's "Dark Places."

Instead of putting her voluptuous figure on display with character Krissi Cates, the talented "Mad Men" star will be honing her acting skills for the bigger role of Patty Day, taking Samantha Morton's part after she backed out of the film.

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Hendricks will be leading as the murdered mother of Libby Day (Charlize Theron) in the adaptation of the best-selling 2009 thriller, Deadline.com reported. The two will star alongside Chloe Moretz, Corey Stoll, Nicholas Hoult, and Tye Sheridan. Gilles Paquet-Brenner ("Sarah's Key") wrote the script and will direct the film.

"Dark Places" is about Libby Day (Theron), a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer. Twenty-five years later, a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes confronts her with questions about the horrific event. Told in a series of flashbacks from the points of view of Libby's mother, Patty, and her brother, Ben, Libby is forced to revisit that fateful day and begins to question what exactly she saw — or didn't see — the night of the tragedy, according to a press release.

"Dark Places" is one of two Flynn novels set for feature release next year. The other film, called "Gone Girl," in which David Fincher will direct and Ben Affleck star, will begin production this fall.

"Dark Places" is produced by Exclusive Media, Cuatro Plus Films, Denver & Delilah, Hugo Productions, and Mandalay Vision. It began shooting last week in Louisiana.

Hendricks, who has been nominated for four Emmy awards for her work in "Mad Men," also stars in the fantasy noir film "How To Catch A Monster" with Matt Smith and Eva Mendes; Ryan Gosling directed the film, and it is due out in 2014. On top of filming "Dark Places," Hendricks is currently filming "God’s Pocket," a drama directed by her "Mad Men" co-star John Slattery.

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