British star Nicholas Hoult (below) is certainly racking up the genre credits of late. Fresh from his back to back roles on Jonathan Levine's comedy horror 'Warm Bodies' and Bryan Singer's fairytale fantasy 'Jack the Giant Slayer' the young actor is now said to have joined the cast of Gilles Paquet-Brenner's 'Dark Places'. Earlier this week we discovered that Chloe Grace Moretz ('Kick-Ass 2') was in negotiations for a role in the adaptation but it seems that Hoult is locked in for the role of Lyle. Described as an awkward young man and treasurer of the Kill Club, Lyle leads the group investigating the case of the killing of the family of Libby Day (to be played by hottie Charlize Theron). The story is based on the novel of the same name penned by award-winning author Gillian Flynn.
"Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the 'Libby Day fund'. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent.
Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend - a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family's past to uncover the truth - no matter how painful..."
Nicholas Hoult Heads for 'Dark Places'