Murphy latest 'Hall' monitor

4:00 AM PST 02/06/2008 by Carly Mayberry, AP

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Brittany Murphy begins filming the indie feature "Across the Hall" today and also is eyeing a role in the dark comedy "Poor Things." She would replace Lindsay Lohan, who has dropped out of the cast of the latter film.

In "Hall," Murphy is starring opposite Mike Vogel ("Cloverfield") and Danny Pino ("The Burning Plain") in a thriller about a brutal standoff between a young man (Vogel), his fiancee and his best friend (Pino).

The cast also includes Dov Davidoff, Brad Greenquist and Guillermo Diaz.

Insomnia Media Group is producing the film, directed by Alex Merkin from a screenplay by Jesse Mittelstadt and Julien Schwab. "Hall" is based on Merkin's award-winning 2005 short film that starred Adrian Grenier ("Entourage"). WMA is repping the film domestically, while Voltage handles international sales.

Bret Saxon and Jeff Bowler are among the producers.

Meanwhile, Murphy is under consideration as a replacement for Lohan in "Poor," though negotiations have not yet begun.

Scott Marshall has come aboard to direct the film, replacing original director Ash Baron-Cohen, who departed over what was described as "creative differences."

Lohan fell out of the project in May when she admitted herself to a rehabilitation facility.

Murphy would join a cast that includes Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Rosario Dawson and Channing Tatum.

"Poor" revolves around two female con artists who befriend and then murder homeless men in order to collect on their insurance policies.

Trent Haaga has penned the script, and MacLaine, Rob Hickman and Will Keenan are producing. The film is being produced through Still Rolling Prods.

Murphy, who has also been cast in "Sin City 2," is repped by ICM and Media Talent Group.

Marshall, whose directorial credits include "Blonde Ambition" and "Keeping Up With the Steins," is repped by CAA, manager Max Burgos of The Collective and attorney Kevin Kelly.
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