(FROM HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) ? Brittany Murphy is starring in the indie thriller Across the Hall, which is being directed by Alex Merkin from a screenplay by Jesse Mittelstadt and Julien Schwab. The story, based on Merkin’s 2005 short film of the same name, is about a brutal standoff between a young man (Cloverfield‘s Mike Vogel), his fiancee, and his best friend (The Burning Plan‘s Danny Pino). Dov Davidoff (Invincible), Brad Greenquist (Shiloh Falls), and Guillermo Diaz (Weeds) have also been cast. Shooting starts this week.

Separately, Hollywood Reporter reports that Murphy is under consideration to replace Lindsay Lohan in the dark comedy Poor Things for director Scott Marshall. Lohan left the project last May when she entered rehab. Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Rosario Dawson, and Channing Tatum are already cast in the movie, which is about two female con artists who befriend and then murder homeless men to collect on their insurance policies. Murphy was also recently cast in Sin City 2. (Hollywood Reporter)