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Update: A U.S. trailer has been uploaded (via Yahoo!) and can also be seen below.

Between Gone Girl and the next David FincherBen Affleck collaboration, Strangers on a Plane, Gillian Flynn has become one of the hottest literary commodities in cinema. Yet little attention has been paid to Dark Places, which has the distinctions of being both the next adaptation of her work and a starring role for Charlize Theron, who, thanks to Mad Max: Fury Road, more or less everybody has an all-time-high opinion of. It comes out in less than two months, and a well-known company, A24, will be responsible for handling that. What gives? It may not be such a terrific piece of work.

Well, compared to the last one, at least. Reviews that trickled out after its overseas release have been fairly muted, albeit respectful, and how much you’ll agree with that might be determined by watching the latest (and international!) trailer. Coupled with a preview from March, we’ve seen a decent amount of the film, and thus far the results are fine — not Fincher-level (sorry, Gilles Paqeut-Brenner), but with an intriguing set-up and strong supporting cast (Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks, and Drea de Matteo) all the same.

Watch the previews here:


Dark Places will open in the U.S. on August 7.

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