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Christina Hendricks lands leading role in 'Dark Places'

Christina Hendricks will play Charlize Theron's mother in "Dark Places," not the stripper she was originally cast to portray.
Posted By KRISTEN BUTLER, UPI.com   |   Sept. 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM   |   Comments

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Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Christina Hendricks just got a promotion on the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling 2009 thriller "Dark Places."

The "Mad Men" actress was originally cast in a supporting role as a stripper Krissi Cates, but now she'll take a lead role as Patty Day, the murdered mother of Charlize Theron's character Libby Davis.

Samantha Morton dropped out leaving the role open, and producers offered the part to Emmy-nominated Hendricks.

As in the book, the film follows Libby as she recounts the massacre of her family at the hands of her brother Ben. Shown through a series of flashbacks, Libby discovers she may not have seen the event as it really was.

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