Writer-director Karen Moncrieff has set her follow-up to the critically acclaimed Sundance selection Blue Car, lining up Josh Brolin, Rose Byrne, Toni Collette, James Franco, Marcia Gay Harden, Mary Beth Hurt, Brittany Murphy, Giovanni Ribisi, Mary Steenburgen and Kerry Washington for The Dead Girl.

Piper Laurie is negotiating to join the cast of the pic, which starts lensing April 17 in Los Angeles. Henry Winterstern brought Dead Girl to Lakeshore and will produce along with shingle principals Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi.

Variety says the project centers on the dark mystery surrounding a young woman's death, which is gradually revealed when the lives of seemingly uninvolved people intersect. Moncrieff will direct from her own script.