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Bradley Cooper will star in and direct a biopic spanning three decades in the life of composer Leonard Bernstein, including his colourful lifestyle and marriage to Chilean actress Felicia Montealgre. Cooper is also cowriting with Josh Singer and producing with Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Todd Phillips.
Robert De Niro will reunite with filmmaker David O Russell for a biopic about 19th century billionaire John D Rockefeller. Charles Randolph (Bombshell) is writing the script for the film, which is still early in the planning stage.
Before that, Russell has lined up Margot Robbie, Angelina Jolie and Jamie Foxx to join Christian Bale in AMSTERDAM. There's still no word on the premise for this one, but filming is set to kick off this spring.
Channing Tatum will star in BOB THE MUSICAL, a project he and his producing partner Reid Carolin have been developing for at least a decade. It's about a normal guy who wakes up one morning to find that he is trapped in a musical.
Michelle Yeoh has joined the cast of SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF TEN RINGS, perhaps reprising her cameo as Starhawk in the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie. The Marvel superhero action movie stars Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Leung. Destin Daniel Cretton is directing.
Before that, Yeoh will star in EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE, a sci-fi adventure comedy that also features Jamie Lee Curtis, James Hong, Stephanie Hsu and Jonathan Ke Quan. Directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert just started filming in Los Angeles.
Oscar Isaac will star in THE GREAT MACHINE, based on the comic book Ex Machina, about a former superhero who becomes New York's mayor after 9/11. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel (Seberg) are adapting the script.
Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber and Dan Levy have joined the cast of HAPPIEST SEASON, a comedy about a young woman (Kristen Stewart) whose plan to propose to her girlfriend (Mackenzie Davis) is complicated by the fact that she's not out to her conservative family. Clea DuVall is writing and directing.
Sarah Snook and Bennie Safdie have joined the cast of PIECES OF A WOMAN, an internalised drama about a wife struggling with the loss of a baby and her estranged mother. Costars include Ellen Burstyn, Shia LaBeouf, Vanessa Kirby, Molly Parker and Jimmie Fails. Kornel Mondruczo is directing.
And Nicolas Cage is likely to be back for a second NATIONAL TREASURE sequel, some 13 years after the last movie. Chris Bremner (Bad Boys for Life) is writing the script this time. Jerry Bruckheimer is back as producer, but there's no word yet on costar Justin Bartha or director Jon Turteltaub.
Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Annabelle Wallis and Roman Griffin Davis will team up for SILENT NIGHT, a Christmas movie produced by Matthew Vaughn and Trudy Styler. There's no word on the premise yet; writer-director Camille Griffin (Roman's mother) starts filming next month.
Mike Colter is joining the cast of TILL DEATH, a thriller about a convicted felon (Jason Sudeikis) who, when he gets early parole, vows to give his childhood sweetheart (Evangeline Lilly) the best year of her life before she dies of cancer. Shea Whigham and Michael Pare costar; Aharon Keshales is directing.
Jack Lowden will play Sigfried Sassoon in BENEDICTION, a biopic centring on the British poet's role as a lone voice against the horrors of the First World War, even while he was serving as a soldier. Terence Davies is directing.
Jon Bernthal is lined up to play tennis coach Rick Macci in KING RICHARD, which stars Will Smith as the father of Venus and Serena Williams (Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton). Aunjanue Ellis costars; Reinaldo Marcus Green is directing.
Adeel Akhtar and Claire Rushbrook will star in ALI & AVA, an offbeat Yorkshire-set romance about a 30-something Asian man who's hiding the fact that he and his wife are separated and a middle-aged Catholic woman scarred by an abusive marriage. Clio Barnard is writing and directing.
Stephen Lang will reprise his role as the Blind Man in a sequel to the horror thriller DON'T BREATHE, set several years later, as he finds his past crimes catching up with him. Rodo Sayagues will take on directing chores this time from cowriter Fede Alvarez.
Newcomer Moses Ingram is joining the cast of Joel Coen's new film adaptation of MACBETH. She'll play Lady Macduff, opposite Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Corey Hawkins and Brendan Gleeson. Filming starts soon.
Suraj Partha, Audrey Whitby, Richard Riehle and cannabis activist Koala Puffs will star in 4/20, a multi-strand ensemble comedy about marijuana set on April 20th. Directors Noah Applebaum and Teri Fruichantie are currently filming in Los Angeles.
Screenwriter John August is writing the script for the animated musical TOTO, based on the book recounting the story of The Wizard of Oz through the eyes of Dorothy's dog. August is also writing the Grease prequel SUMMER NIGHTS.
And Disney has asked Taika Waititi to develop a new STAR WARS movie, although there's no word on what anyone has in mind. Waititi directed a key episode of The Mandalorian last year, but he's currently busy with THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER as well as his live-action AKIRA remake.
Cate Blanchett will play Lucille Ball in a biopic that's been written by Aaron Sorkin. The film centres on the actress' 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz, during which they formed a studio that produced and starred in the pioneering 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy. Their children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr are producing.
Christian Bale and David O Russell and planning to team up for a third film together, after American Hustle and The Fighter. There's no word on the premise or title of the new movie, but Russell plans to start filming in the spring from his own script.
That Edge of Tomorrow sequel LIVE DIE REPEAT is still on its way, reuniting Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt for some more mindbending time-travel. Director Doug Liman and writer Matt Robinson are busy working out the plot's kinks while waiting for Cruise to finish making two Mission: Impossible movies.
Mads Mikkelsen will star in RIDERS OF JUSTICE, reuniting him with Danish filmmaker Anders Thomas Jensen. It's about a man whose wife dies in a train accident. Then three mathematicians turn up to tell him that it was actually murder.
Alicia Witt, Rain Phoenix, Wendy McColm and Numa Perrier will star in the thriller FUZZY HEAD, about a young woman who digs through her traumatic childhood memories to find the truth about her mother's death. McColm is also writing and directing.
Lance Reddick has joined the cast of ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI, based on the stage play about a 1964 meeting between Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Cassius Clay (Eli Goree), Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) and Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr). Regina King is directing.
Keegan Connor Tracy (Descendants) will star in and make her feature directing debut with THE EVIL EYE, about a former child actor who finally gets around to watching the classic horror movie she starred in decades ago. But it awakens something terrifying inside her.
The next two STAR TREK movies may be stand-alone films. First, Noah Hawley (Fargo) is writing and directing a movie featuring new characters. And the second is based on Quentin Tarantino's story, with the screenplay written by Mark Smith (The Revenant). Tarantino says he's not directing it.
Acclaimed breakout filmmaker Mark Jenkin (Bait) will write and direct the philosophical horror ENYS MEN, about a woman living on an island in Cornwall where she's haunted by echoes of the past and the future. The title is Cornish for "stone island".
And 18-year-old pop musician Billie Eilish has landed the job of writing the title theme for NO TIME TO DIE, the James Bond movie due in cinemas in April. Hans Zimmer has recently been brought on-board to score the film, which again stars Daniel Craig. Cary Fukunaga is directing.
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