Charlize Theron may be stepping in for Amy Adams as the star of a new thriller.

With David Fincher currently circling "Gone Girl" over at Fox, author Gillian Flynn's bestselling 2009 novel "Dark Places" is also being tapped for a Hollywood adaptation, and Theron is now in talks for the lead role. As noted by Deadline, which broke the story, the "Prometheus" star is the second major actress to eye the part, with Adams having previously circled the project before dropping out.

"Dark Places" tells the story of Libby Day, a woman whose testimony as a seven-year-old girl put her brother away in prison for the murder of their entire family. 25 years later, a group of amateur detectives dubbed the Kill Club tell her they believe her brother is innocent of the crime, and with their help Libby embarks on her own investigation to seek out the truth.

French director Gilles Paquet-Brenner ("Sarah's Key") is on board to helm the $15 million film, which is looking at a March production start. If Theron signs on, the deal will likely give her a producer credit on the project through her Denver & Delilah shingle.

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