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Tiffany Haddish, Benedict Cumberbatch and Peter Dinklage are being lined up for SPAMALOT, a film of the stage musical that was based on the 1975 comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Eric Idle is writing the script, while Casey Nicholaw will direct.
Allison Janney will join Hugh Jackman in BAD EDUCATION, based on the true story of a school superintendent who is working to improve classrooms while also embezzling funds to pay for his lavish lifestyle. Cory Finley (Thoroughbreds) is directing.
It's official: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Nick Jonas will all be back for a JUMANJI sequel, which will continue the action comedy fantasy adventure. Also returning are director Jake Kasdan and cowriters Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg.
Will Ferrell will star in EUROVISION, a comedy about the long-running song contest. There's no word on the plot, but it is most likely to be a spoof of something that's almost a spoof itself. Ferrell is also writing the script with Andrew Steele.
Michael C Hall and Boyd Holbrook will star in the thriller IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON, about two detectives who are also brothers-in-law looking into a series of murders that defy explanation. Jim Mickle is directing.
Meanwhile, Maura Tierney has joined Hall in the cast of THE TORTURE REPORT, based on the true story of the CIA's interrogation programme following the 9/11 attacks. The film also stars Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Matthew Rhys, Tim Blake Nelson, Ben McKenzie and Jennifer Morrison.
Heather Graham, Jodi Balfour, Sophie Nelisse and Abigail Pniowsky will star in THE REST OF US, about four women struggling with secrets in their past that are affecting to throw their future in question. Aisling Chin-Yee is directing.
Alfie Allen has two new film projects. First is JOJO RABBIT, Taika Waititi's WW2 satire starring Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell. And he'll also join Coky Giedroyc's HOW TO BUILD A GIRL, about an overweight girl (Beanie Feldstein) who reinvents herself as a music critic to escape her hometown.
Beau Knapp, Kurt Russell, Alexis Bledel, Luke Hemsworth, Vincent Kartheiser and Jeremie Harris will star in CRYPTO, a thriller about a federal agent investigating a complex money-laundering racket in his small hometown in Upstate New York. John Stahlberg is directing.
And Dr Dre is putting together a film biopic about the iconic singer Marvin Gaye. Several other filmmakers have tried, but he's the first one to secure rights to the songs. Gaye had a string of timeless hits before being killed at 44 in a 1984 family dispute. Dre also produced Straight Outta Compton.
Ryan Reynolds is lined up to star in a film about the BERMUDA TRIANGLE, which is apparently about a mysterious island, a wormhole and a missing nuclear sub. Sam Raimi may direct the film, which was written by John Gatniss.
Demi Moore has joined the comedy CORPORATE ANIMALS, playing an arrogant CEO who orders her employees to attend a team-building weekend in a New Mexico cave. Also in the cast are Jessica Williams, Ed Helms, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Karan Soni, Calum Worthy and Dan Bakkedahl.
Ewan McGregor will star in DOCTOR SLEEP, based on the novel by Stephen King, which follows on from the events of The Shining. The story centres on the adult Danny, who discovers a conspiracy that threatens him and others who have supernatural shining abilities. Mike Flanagan is directing.
Laverne Cox will produce the documentary DISCLOSURE: TRANS LIVES ON SCREEN, which explores the way Hollywood has depicted transgender people over a century of film and television. Sam Feder is directing.
Zachary Quinto will produce and perhaps costar in TAB & TONY, a drama about the secret romance between actors Tab Hunter and Anthony Perkins in the 1950s. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright is working on the script. JJ Abrams is also producing.
Lucy Liu and Thomas Sadoski will star in LAST WEEKEND IN MAY, a romantic drama about a couple who take one last holiday together before ending their extramarital affair. Matthew Lillard is directing.
Wesley Snipes, Tituss Burgesss, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson and Da'Vine Joy Randolph are joining Eddie Murphy for DOLEMITE IS MY NAME, a biopic about comedian and blaxploitation icon Rudy Ray Moore. Director Craig Brewer started filming this week in Los Angeles.
Jackie Chan and John Cena will team up to star in the action thriller PROJECT X, about a Chinese security expert who teams up with a former US Marine to rescue trapped workers when a Chinese oil refinery in the Middle East is attacked. Scott Waugh (Need for Speed) is directing from a script by Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco).
Jon Bernthal is lined up to play iconic automotive developer lee Iacocca in GO LIKE HELL, based on the book about the real-life war between Ford and Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans championship. Matt Damon and Christian Bale lead the cast; James Mangold is directing.
And James Corden is joining the Melissa McCarthy comedy SUPER INTELLIGENCE, as the voice of a form of artificial life that has been assigned to observe the life of a woman who has fallen on hard times. Ben Falcone is directing from a script by Steve Mallory.
Gal Gadot will reteam with Dwayne Johnson for the action thriller RED NOTICE, about an interpol agent who is chasing the world's most-wanted art thief. The film reteams Johnson with his Skyscraper director Rawson Marshall Thurber.
Julia Roberts will produce and star in LITTLE BEE, based on the novel about a young Nigerian asylum-seeker who meets a British magazine editor in Africa. They're then reunited in England years later. Kathleen Robertson is writing the script.
Ben Affleck is reuniting with The Accountant director Gavin O'Connor for THE HAS-BEEN, about a former professional basketball player who has lost everything due to addiction and is trying to redeem himself by coaching his high school's team. The script is by Brad Ingelsby.
Eddie Murphy will play Rudy Ray Moore in a biopic about the iconic actor who started as a stand-up comic in the 1970s, then became the star of the kung fu blaxploitation film series Dolemite. Craig Brewer is directing from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
Ellen Burstyn is joining the cast of Noah Hawley's now-untitled drama about an astronaut (Natalie Portman) who, after returning from a mission, begins an affair with a colleague (Jon Hamm) and loses her connection with her family. Costars include Dan Stevens and Zazie Beetz.
Al Pacino, James Marsden and Julia Butters are the latest members of the sprawling cast for Quentin Tarantino's multi-strand 1969 drama ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. The film also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch and Timothy Olyphant.
Paul Hogan will be back for THE VERY EXCELLENT MR DUNDEE, in which he will play himself as an actor who is on the brink of receiving a knighthood when his life spirals out of control. Dean Murphy is directing.
Francis Lawrence will direct CONSPIRACY, a drama about the legal battle between Hulk Hogan and Gawker, who published his sex tape online. The script by Charles Randolph (The Big Short) will explore the complexities of the case, which was funded by tech mogul Peter Thiel.
James Wan and Frank Marshall will produce a remake of ARACHNOPHOBIA, Marshall's 1990 thriller about Venezuelan spiders that go on a murderous rampage in small-town America. The original starred Jeff Daniels and John Goodman.
And Doug Liman may direct a reboot of the CANNONBALL RUN franchise. The 1981 original was a star-packed action comedy about an illegal cross-country car race. Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant are writing the script.
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