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Wind Gap grows frenzied as ‘˜Sharp Objects’ debut nears

ams, ‘Sharp Objects’, which was largely filmed here in Barnesville last summer, premieres Sunday, July 8 at 9 p.m. on HBO. Multiple watch parties are planned as Barnesville, posing as Wind Gap, Mo., makes the big time. In the series, reporter Camille Preaker returns to her small hometown to cover the murder of one preteen girl and the abduction of another. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely. Based on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel of the same name, the eight-episode limited series was created by Peabody winner and Emmy nominee Marti Noxon and directed by Emmy, DGA and PGA winner Jean-Marc Vallée from scripts by Noxon and Flynn. Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins, and Matt Craven also star. ”˜Sharp Objects’ is my first child, my first novel,’ says Flynn. ‘I wrote it nights and weekends and holidays with no real belief it would ever be published because I felt like I had to bring this girl to life, so it holds a sacred place with me. It’s a strange and thrilling thing, bringing text to screen, allowing it to become a new thing while honoring readers’ interpretations too ‘” it’s fun and a bit scary. ’This was my first novel, yet the last to reach screen ‘” 12 long and often disappointing years. But then Amy came along, and I thought, ‘˜Oh, that was it! Camille was waiting for Amy to play her.’ And that’s not lofty, writer talk. I really believe Camille needed Amy.’ Says director Vallée, ‘It’s curious how we can find beauty in places we wouldn’t expect. How darkness sometimes can become attractive, comforting. This is what happened to me when I read Gillian’s novel. I got sucked into Camille’s head. I was falling for this character. Never met, never seen, nor heard anyone like this before. ’I was fascinated by her obsession with words, the way she uses them to define herself, to heal and to harm, and her way of describing the world, her way of talking about herself, her wounds and imperfections. What a unique voice, so raw, so dark, and yet so honest and vulnerable. That is Camille Preaker’s beauty, and Amy Adams’. I feel grateful and fortunate to have witnessed the spectacular work of an actress who dared to play in the dark, with no safety net.’ Cast of Characters: Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), a St. Louis newspaper reporter sent on assignment to Wind Gap, her quaint Missouri hometown, to cover the gruesome murder of one preteen girl and the disappearance of another. Adora Crellin (Patricia Clarkson), Camille’s mother and queen of Wind Gap’s high society, who has her serene, picture-perfect life threatened by the unexpected return of her estranged daughter. Richard Willis (Chris Messina), a detective brought in from Kansas City to support Wind Gap’s sheriff in the search for the killer of a young girl. He joins forces with Camille to try to solve the mystery. Amma (Eliza Scanlen), Camille’s 15-year-old half-sister, living a double life as a restrained and girlish daughter at home with her parents, and as a brash, impetuous teenager when out with friends. Jackie (Elizabeth Perkins), the local gossip and renowned alcoholic. Trashy, fun and larger than life, she knows she’s a ‘backwoods Barbie’ and has a sense of humor about it. Vickery (Matt Craven), the frustrated small-town police chief, trying to preserve the reputation of Wind Gap by keeping a lid on the possibility that a serial killer might live among them. John Keene (Taylor John Smith), moody and somber since the murder of his 13-year-old sister. His sensitive, temperamental nature raises eyebrows and makes him a prime suspect in the murder investigation. Meredith (Madison Davenport), the confident and supportive girlfriend of murder suspect John Keene. Bob Nash (Will Chase), the hot-tempered father of Ann Nash, Wind Gap’s first murder victim. Alan Crellin (Henry Czerny), Adora’s attentive, mild-mannered husband, who dotes on her. Curry (Miguel Sandoval), Camille’s caring and supportive newspaper editor, who sends her on assignment to her home town. Young Camille (Sophia Lillis), a 14-year-old tomboy who is devoted to her younger sister, Marian. The July 8 premiere episode is entitled ‘˜Vanish’. In it Camille Preaker, a reporter for the St. Louis Chronicle, is sent to her rural hometown of Wind Gap by her editor, Curry, to file a story about two missing girls, one of whom was found dead and presumed murdered. The assignment, which reunites Camille with her overbearing mother, Adora, stepfather, Alan Crellin, and half-sister, Amma, brings back traumatic childhood memories, including the death of Camille’s younger sister, Marian, when both were schoolgirls. Tormented by her past and seeking refuge through alcohol, Camille joins detective Richard Willis and chief Vickery in following leads around town that might shed light on the fate of the most recent missing girl.

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