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Nicolas Cage will play a fictional version of himself in THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT, which follows the actor's attempt to get a role in the new Quentin Tarantino movie while also dealing with money problems and a troubled relationship with his teen daughter.
Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors are set to star in THE HARDER THEY FALL, a Western thriller about an outlaw who discovers that the man who killed his parents is out of prison, so he forms a posse and sets out to get revenge. Jeymes Samuel (aka The Bullitts) is writing and directing. Jay-Z is producing.
Alexander Skarsgard is joining Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga and Andre Holland in PASSING, based on the novel about two light-skinned black women who choose to live in different communities in 1928 Harlem. Rebecca Hall is writing and directing.
Maggie Q and Frank Grillo will star in the thriller CUTMAN, about a has-been boxer who takes a job as an enforcer for a mobster and has his life turned around by a young girl whose mother is a junkie. Michael Mailer is directing from a script by Tiffany Heath.
Brendan Gleeson will play King Duncan in Joel Coen's new film version of Shakeskeare's MACBETH, which stars Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as a couple determined to take over Scotland's throne. This is Coen's first film as solo writer-director.
Sam Worthington and David Hyde Pierce are joining Russell Crowe in THE GEORGETOWN PROJECT, a supernatural thriller about an actor whose life begins to unravel while shooting a horror movie. Costars include Ryan Simpkins, Samantha Mathis, Chloe Bailey and Tracey Bonner. Joshua John Miller is directing.
Lil Rel Howery, Dash Mihok, Kristen Connolly, Jacob Elordi and Jade Fernandez are joining the cast of the thriller DEEP WATER, based on the Patricia Highsmith novel about a couple playing mind games with each other. It stars Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts and Rachel Blanchard. Adrian Lyne is directing.
Pom Klementieff has joined the cast of the next two MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movies, alongside the returning Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and director Christopher McQuarrie. The films will be shot back-to-back.
Joel McHale and Thomas Lennon will star in TREAT STREET, a Halloween adventure movie about a group of kids who get help from their parents to get even with the teens who have stolen their candy. Stimson Snead is directing.
And singer-actress Ryan Destiny will play Olympic champion T-Rex Shields in FLINT STRONG, a biopic about the first woman to win a gold medal in boxing. Cinematographer Rachel Morrison will make her directing debut. The script is by Barry Jenkins.
Aubrey Plaza and Scott Speedman are joining Michael Caine in the cast of BEST SELLERS, about a has-been author on a free-wheeling book tour with his young editor, who is desperate to save her father's publishing house. Lina Roessler is directing.
Mark Wahlberg will play Tom Holland's mentor in UNCHARTED, based on the videogame franchise about an intrepid treasure hunter. Travis Knight is directing. When the project was first set up many years ago, Wahlberg was attached to Holland's role.
Rising star Jonah Hauer-King has landed the role as Prince Eric in the live-action remake of THE LITTLE MERMAID. The film stars Halle Bailey, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem and Daveed Diggs. Rob Marshall is directing from a script by David Magee.
Vanessa Hudgens, Alexandra Shipp and Robin de Jesus have joined the cast of TICK TICK ... BOOM!, Lin-Manuel Miranda's film adaptation of the Broadway musical about an aspiring composer trying to create a hit musical. Steven Levenson is adapting the script.
Spike Lee will direct PRINCE OF CATS, a variation on Romeo and Juliet seen through the eyes of Juliet's cousin Tybalt. It's a hip-hop tinged romance based on a graphic novel that's set in a swordfighting underworld in 1980s Brooklyn.
Vincent D'Onofrio will play right-wing preacher Jerry Falwell in THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, a biopic based on the 2000 doc about tele-evangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker (Andrew Garfield and Jessica Chastain). Michael Showalter is directing. Costars include Cherry Jones, Sam Jaeger and Gabriel Olds.
Juliette Lewis, Mia Goth, Grace Van Patten, Havana Rose Liu and Soko will star in MAYDAY, an action fantasy about a group of female soldiers who find themselves in a magical place that's full of surprises. Karen Cinorre is writing and directing.
Jordana Brewster will star in SHRINE, a dramatic horror film based on James Herbert's 1983 novel about a disgraced journalist investigating what looks like a series of miracles in a small New England town. Evan Spiliotopoulos is writing and directing. Sam Raimi is producing.
Scott Eastwood is joining the cast of CASH TRUCK, Guy Ritchie's remake of the French thriller Le Convoyeur, a heist action-thriller about an armoured van company. Jason Statham and Holt McCallany costar.
And Matt Lieberman (Scoob!) is writing the script for a new RIN TIN TIN movie, reviving the hero dog who appeared in 27 films almost a century ago. This time, the Alsatian will be an elite military dog who gets in a big action adventure as he thwarts a terrorism attack.
John Boyega will star in REBEL RIDGE, a darkly comedic action thriller written and directed by Jeremy Saulner. The story is being kept under wraps, but it centres around systemic injustice in America.
Zac Efron will play a journalist in the biopic KING OF THE JUNGLE, which follows tech magnate John McAfee as he cashes out, drops out of civilisation and moves to Belize. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are writing and directing.
Ben Affleck will star in HYPNOTIC, an action thriller about a detective who discovers that a series of outrageous heists are linked to both a government conspiracy and his missing daughter. Robert Rodriguez is writing and directing.
Andrea Riseborough will star in GEECHEE, as a New York scientist who moves with her son to a remote island off America's Atlantic coast. As she settles in to the small community, she begins to feel haunted by supernatural spirits. Dubois Ashong is writing and directing.
Evangeline Lilly and Jason Sudeikis will star in TILL DEATH, an action thriller about convicted criminal who, on release from prison, becomes determined to give his childhood sweetheart the best year of her life before she dies from cancer. Aharon Keshales is directing.
Guy Pearce will star in the horror thriller THE SEVENTH DAY, about a notorious exorcist who is training a novice priest. But their latest case brings up inner demons both ben aren't prepared to deal with. Justin P Lange is directing.
Daniella Pineda and Justice Smith will reteam with Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt for the next JURASSIC WORLD movie, which also sees the return of Jurassic Park stars Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill. Colin Trevorrow is directing.
Vince Vaughn and Sharon Horgan will star in THE LAST DROP, a romantic comedy-drama about a cooking show host whose partying is jeopardising his career. Then he meets an antiques dealer who sees through his bravado. Christopher Storer is directing.
Sadie Sink (Stranger Things), Theo Rossi and newcomer Kweku Collins will star in DEAR ZOE, a coming-of-age drama about a teen who turns to her biological father and boyfriend for help dealing with her sister's death. Justin Bartha, Jessica Capshaw and Vivien Blair costar.
And it's looking like Gerard Butler will be back for at least three more sequels to Olympus Has Fallen. Producer/show-runner Alan Siegel says that the franchise will expand to other story formats moving forward, including possible TV adaptations that are linked into the story.
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