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Felicity Jones and Shailene Woodley will star in THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER, based on the novel about a London journalist who discovers a series of love letters from a mysterious couple. Costars include Callum Turner and Joe Alwyn. Augustine Frizzell is directing.
Kerry Washington is joining Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Awkwafina, Ariana Grande, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells in THE PROM, Ryan Murphy's film adaptation of the hit stage musical about a teen girl who takes on her school after she is banned from bringing her girlfriend to the big dance.
Gal Gadot will star in and produce the thriller IRENA SENDLER, based on the true story of a woman who stood up to Nazi occupation in Poland, saving more than 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto. Justine Juel Gillmer is writing the script.
Idina Menzel is being lined up to play the evil stepmother in a new musical version of CINDERELLA, which is being written and directed by Kay Cannon. Singer Camila Cabello has the title role, while Billy Porter is up for the role of her fairy godmother.
Meanwhile, Porter is set to voice the man-eating plant Audrey II in a new film version of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, with Lady Gaga and Chris Evans in line to play the romantic leads. Greg Berlanti is directing from a script by Matthew Robinson. This adaptation is based on an idea by James Corden.
Glen Powell will star in DEVOTION, based on the true story of two American Navy pilots who engage in a series of heroic actions during the Korean War. JD Dillard is directing from a script by Jake Crane and Jonathan Stewart.
Simon Helberg is joining Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard in ANNETTE, a musical romance by filmmaker Leos Carax. It's about a stand-up comic who falls for an opera star in Los Angeles. The music is by the rock band Sparks.
Vinessa Shaw and Wayne Knight will join Luke Wilson in 12 MIGHTY ORPHANS, based on the true story about an American football coach during the Great Depression who turns a scrawny, ragtag group of orphans into a championship team.
Jenna Ortega (Stuck in the Middle) will play Jennifer Garner's daughter in YES DAY, based on the children's book about parents who decide to spend one day only saying "yes" to their kids' demands. Filming starts next month in Los Angeles.
And Geena Davis will star in COWGIRL'S LAST RIDE, about a rebellious woman who escapes from a Dallas nursing home and travels back to her East Texas home to live the rest of her life on her own terms. Leena Yadav is directing.
Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield and Cherry Jones will star in a biopic about the iconic Tammy Faye Bakker, who became a major TV personality in the 1970s and 1980s alongside her preacher husband Jim Bakker, then survived the crumbling of their empire. Michael Showalter is directing.
John David Washington may play a younger version of the character played by his father Denzel in 2001's drama TRAINING DAY. Written by Nick Yarborough, it's set over the days prior to the Rodney King verdict in 1992 Los Angeles.
Elisabeth Moss is set to join Michael Fassbender in NEXT GOAL WINS, Taika Waititi's comedy based on the documentary about a coach trying to help the American Samoa football team win their first game. Waititi wrote the script with Iain Morris.
Chris Pine and Ben Foster will reteam for the action thriller VIOLENCE OF ACTION, which will costar Gillian Jacobs. It's about a paramilitary group on a black ops mission to Berlin, when one team member finds himself being hunted across Europe. Tarik Saleh is directing.
Daveed Diggs will play Sebastian the crab in the live-action remake of the animated musical THE LITTLE MERMAID. The cast includes Halle Bailey, Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy, Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay. Rob Marshall is directing.
Morena Baccarin, Rob Delaney, Beverly D'Angelo, David Rasche, Rebecca Henderson and Molly Brown have joined the cast of THE GOOD HOUSE, about a realtor who rekindles an old romance just as her live begins to unravel. Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline star in the film.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has landed a major role in the upcoming fourth MATRIX movie. Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss will be back for the sequel, as will director Lana Wachowski. There's no word on the plot, but rumour has it he may be playing a young Morpheus.
Johnny Flynn, Ben Chaplin, Ken Stott and Monica Dolan are the latest to join the cast of THE DIG, about a wealthy widow (Carey Mulligan) in 1930s England who hires an archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) to excavate the burial mounds on her land. Simon Stone is directing.
Penn Badgley, Laura Benanti, Anna Deavere Smith and Nyambi Nyambi are joining the cast of HERE TODAY, about a veteran comedy writer (Billy Crystal) who is beginning to lose his grip on reality when he meets a Manhattan street singer (Tiffany Haddish). Crystal is writing and directing.
And Denis Lawson will return to the Star Wars franchise, reprising his role as Wedge in JJ Abrams' forthcoming THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. Wedge was a friend of Luke's in the original trilogy.
Jason Statham will reteam with Guy Ritchie for a remake of the 2004 French film Le Convoyeur, a revenge thriller about a mysterious man who works for an armoured truck company with a team of shady characters.
Terrence Howard is joining the cast of TRIUMPH, which also stars RJ Mitte. Colton Haynes, Grace Victoria Cox and Jonathon Schaech. It's about a teen with cerebral palsy who wants to be a wrestler on his high school team. Brett Leonard is directing.
Bill Skarsgard, Jack Reynor and Ciara Bravo are joining Tom Holland in CHERRY, based on the true story of a former army medic who returns from Iraq with PTSD, becomes addicted to opioids and goes on a bank-robbing spree. Joe and Anthony Russo are directing.
Nia Long will produce and star in FATAL AFFAIR, alongside Omar Epps and Stephen Bishop. It's about a woman trying to mend her marriage after she has a brief affair with an old friend. Director Peter Sullivan begins filming this month in Los Angeles.
Cam Gigandet, Todd Lasance, Jacob Scipio and Jack Kesy are joining Michael B Jordan's adaptation of WITHOUT REMORSE, based on the Tom Clancy novel about a Navy Seal who becomes a CIA operative. Costars include Jamie Bell, Jodie Turner-Smith and Luke Mitchell; Stefano Sollima is directing.
Isabelle Fuhrman is joining the cast of the ESCAPE ROOM sequel, alongside returning actors Logan Miller and Taylor Russell. Like the first movie, it's about a group of strangers trying to escape from a deadly maze. Adam Robitel is directing.
Jessica Rothe and Harry Shum Jr will star in ALL MY LIFE, based on the true story of Jenn Carter, who while planning her wedding discovered that her fiance Solomon Chau had liver cancer. Mark Meyers is directing from a script by Todd Rosenberg.
Haruka Abe is the latest new cast member for SNAKE EYES, the GI Joe spin-off about a ninja warrior starring Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Iko Uwais and Ursula Corbero. Robert Schwentke is directing.
Park Chan-wook is remaking the 2005 French-language Greek thriller THE AX, about a chemist who is made redundant and, two years later, begins to get his revenge. The original film's director Costa-Gavras is producing the remake.
And plans are afoot to make a spin-off to the John Wick franchise centred around the character BALLERINA, a young assassin seeking revenge for the people who killed her family. Len Wiseman is directing, Shay Hatten wrote the script, and Keanu Reeves is likely to have a cameo appearance.
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