EW Staff
August 13, 2009 AT 09:28 AM EDT

Kim Basinger is in negotiations to star opposite Zac Efron in Universal Pictures’ The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, according to Variety. In the film, Efron plays a guilt-stricken caretaker who has weekly meetings with his younger brother whose death he feels is his fault. Basinger would play Efron’s grieving mother. The film is directed by Burr Steers, who recently made the Efron-starrer 17 Again.

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