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Basinger joins Theron on Arriaga’s ‘Burning Plain’

Holy career comeback Batman!

Vicky Vale- um, I mean, Kim Basinger, has just signed on to co-star with Charlize Theron in Guillermo Arriga's directorial debut, The Burning Plain for 2929 Prods. Arriaga, known mostly for his collaborations with helmer Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel), also penned the screenplay for Burning Plain. Basinger will play Theron's mother- and much of the film will center around Theron's character's turbulent childhood.

The film is set to roll in November, once Basinger wraps the Bret Easton Ellis adaptation, The Informers, opposite Billy Bob Thorton.

Arriga's tragedy-filled screenplays are known to be prime Oscar bait. They are also extremely demanding of the actors in volved, and both leading ladies in the film will likely be put through the ringer. We all know that Theron is great at these types of roles after her Oscar winning work in Monster, but Basinger hasn't had a great role since L.A Confidential, although she has worked steadily. This type of film could propel Basinger back into the limelight- and into the type of mature leading roles that actresses like Laura Linney and Helen Mirren turn out regularly.

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