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The upcoming film "Tunnels" boasts an Academy Award-winning star.

Susan Sarandon is starring in the project, Variety reports. She'll be directed by John Krokidas from a script by Victoria Rose. Highland Film Group calls it "an inspiring and surprisingly funny story."

The film takes place in a community where there has been a school shooting, and in its wake, Ruby Love (Sarandon), the grandmother of the shooter, finds herself working with Grayson Mitchell, the brother of one of the victims. As uncomfortable as that sounds like it would be, they form an unlikely bond. They are, as Highland puts it, "two outsiders ... in a town still too stuck in its recent history to see the potential of something beautiful beyond the horizon."

Sarandon is an Oscar winner for 1995's "Dead Man Walking." Her more recent work includes the films "Viper Club," "The Death and Life of John F. Donovan," and "A Bad Moms Christmas." She has also starred in the TV shows "Ray Donovan" and "Feud: Bette and Joan," and earned an Emmy nod for her role in the latter.

"Tunnels" will be produced by Lucidity Entertainment's Colin Bates and Michael Jefferson as well as Circle of Confusion's Matt Smith and Brad Mendelsohn. Executive producers will be Ethan Terra, Cindy Bru, and Frank Frattaroili. Highland is selling the film in Cannes.

[via: Variety]