Charlizetheron_290 Charlize Theron is taking on Arab-American relations.

Theron has signed on to play the title role in an adaptation of Christopher Buckley’s 2005 novel “Florence of Arabia,” according to Variety. The story follows Florence, a U.S. State Department employee who tries to spur women’s rights in the Middle East after her friend there is executed. Despite that grim setup, the novel is a satire.

Theron will also produce.

— Speaking of dead people, “The Haunting in Connecticut” star Amanda Crew is getting ghostly again.

Crew will play a mysterious woman opposite Zac Efron in “Charlie St. Cloud.” Efron will take the title role, a cemetary worker haunted since accidentally killing his brother in a car crash 15 years earlier. Charlie can see dead people, of course, so his brother keeps him company… and Crew’s love interest may just be a ghost as well.

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