DirecTV has begun a VOD run for the Charlize Theron thriller Dark Places ahead of its August 6 theatrical bow. As part of a deal with A24 that Deadline broke in November, the satcaster is offering the film exclusively for the next seven weeks. Gilles Paquet-Brenner adapted and directed the pic, which is based on Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s book. It centers on Libby Day (Theron), the sole survivor of a violent home invasion. She has lived with the knowledge that her testimony as a 7-year-old sentenced her brother (Corey Stoll) to life in prison for the horrific crime. Twenty-five years later, she is persuaded to re-examine the events. Nicholas Hoult, Chlöe Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks and Tye Sheridan co-star.
The Dark Places deal is the latest in the A24-DirecTV partnership announced in 2013 to release films exclusively on the satellite TV giant before they hit theaters. Other titles from the pact have included Enemy, Life After Beth, Revenge Of The Green Dragons,, The Captive, Son Of A Gun, Cut Bank, Slow West and Barely Lethal.