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Florence Pugh is up for a role opposite Scarlett Johansson in BLACK WIDOW, which is being described as a stand-alone thriller about the Russian spy assassin who joins the Avengers. Cate Shortland is directing, with filming set to start in London in June.
Lakeith Stanfield and Issa Rae will team up to star in THE PHOTOGRAPH, a romance that intertwines love stories from the past and present. Stella Meghie is writing and directing.
Emma Roberts and Justin Hartley will lead the political thriller THE HUNT, which involves the aggressive antagonism between the right and left in America. Ike Barinholtz, Glen Howerton and Josh Radnor costar. Craig Zobel is directing from a script by Damon Lindelhof and Nick Cuse.
Samuel L Jackson and Caiyu Yang will star in INVERSION, a sci-fi epic about an American con artist and a Chinese physicist trying to stop a process that will reverse Earth's gravity. Director Mark Waters will shoot the film in London, Mumbai, Chicago, Guangdong and Hawaii.
Ana de Armas is being lined up to play Marilyn Monroe in BLONDE, an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' fictionalised biography about a young actress' transition into a movie star, along with issues of addiction and failed relationships. Andrew Dominik is writing and directing.
Brittany Snow, Sam Richardson, Vivica A Fox, Jordana Brewster and Anna Akana will star in the road movie BAILEY AND DARLA, about a sex columnist who falls for a recently single guy who has testicular cancer. Nico Raineau is directing.
Zhang Ziyi, Jackie Chan, Wu Jing, Jing BoranHu Ge will star in CLIMBERS, an epic telling of the true story of the first Chinese mountaineers to reach the summit of Everest in 1960, the first climbers ever to ascend the precarious north face. Daniel Lee is directing.
Chow Yun-Fat will star in the drama BE WATER, MY FRIEND, about a Hong Kong gambling addict trying to find a way to connect with his autistic son. Anthony Pun is directing from a script by Felix Chong. The title refers to Bruce Lee's martial arts philosophy.
Kelly McCormack and Colm Feore will star in SUGAR DADDY, about an aspiring musician who takes a job at a dating website to find an older man who can fund her work. Wendy Morgan is directing from a script written by McCormack.
Director Park Chan-Wook and writer S Craig Zahler are teaming up to make the Western thriller THE BRIGANDS OF RATTLECREEK. They are hoping to get Matthew McConaughey to play a doctor who teams up with a sheriff to get revenge against a group of bandits.
Rami Malek may reprise his role as Freddie Mercury in a BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY sequel that begins right where the film left off: as the band finishes playing its iconic Live Aid gig in 1985. The story would detail Mercury's battle with Aids up to his death six years later.
Tom Holland will reteam with directors Anthony and Joe Russo for CHERRY, based on the fictionalised memoirs of an Iraq War veteran who turned to bank robbery to pay for his increasing medical bills and to cope with his PTSD. The script is by Jessica Goldberg.
Morgan Freeman, Richard E Grant and Antonio Banderas have joined the cast of THE HITMAN'S WIFE'S BODYGUARD, the sequel again starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson and Salma Hayek. Director Patrick Hughes starts filming this month on the Amalfi Coast.
Toni Collette and Damian Lewis will star in DREAM HORSE, based on the true story of a middle-aged barmaid who convinces her husband to help her bread and raise a champion race horse in her small Welsh village. Euros Lyn is directing.
Alison Brie, Dan Stevens, Jeremy Allen White and Sheila Vand will star in THE RENTAL, about two couples who rent a villa for a holiday, but find themselves in a horrific situation instead. Dave Franco is making his directing debut from a script he wrote with Joe Swanberg.
Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Coolidge, Kenan Thompson and Nick Cannon will voice characters in the animated musical PIERRE THE PIGEON-HAWK, about a bird with an identity crisis because his parents are, yes, a pigeon and a hawk. John Eraklis is directing.
Imogen Poots and Alex Wolff are starring in CASTLE IN THE GROUND, a crime drama about two troubled teens who find themselves caught up in their small town's opioid epidemic. Writer-director Joey Klein is currently filming in Canada.
Alan Tudyk has just been announced as the voice of Iago, the parrot sidekick to the villainous Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) in Guy Ritchie's live-action remake of ALADDIN. The film opens in May and also stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Billy Magnussen.
Acclaimed Chilean actor Alfredo Castro will star in PERROS, about a shoeshine boy in La Paz, Bolivia, who becomes obsessed with a customer he thinks is his long-lost father. So he kidnaps his dog in order to bond with him as they search for the missing pet. Vinko Tomicic is directing.
And Mike Barker will direct THE TALISMAN, based on the 1984 novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub about a 12-year-old boy who has to travel across both the USA and a parallel fantasy world to find a magical object that can save his dying mother. Chris Sparling (Buried) is writing the script.
Rachel Weisz will produce and star in LANNY, based on the novel about a man who moves his family into a new home in London's commuter belt, then discovers that the village is filled with mysteries linked to English folklore.
Taraji P Henson and Ed Helms will team up for COFFEE & KAREEM, an action comedy about a Detroit cop who teams up with his girlfriend's 11-year-old son to take down a ruthless criminal. Michael Dowse is directing from the Black List script by Shane McCarthy.
Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie Sangster will star in MOUSE GUARD, a performance-capture animated adaptation of the children's book about a secret order of mice who are sworn to protect a medieval kingdom. Wes Ball is directing.
Tyrese Gibson and Jared Harris are joining Jared Leto in MORBIUS, the next Spider-Man antihero spin-off. It's about a biochemist who accidentally turns himself into a vampire while trying to cure a blood disease. Matt Smith and Adria Arjona costar; Daniel Espinosa is directing.
Joel Edgerton is being lined up to play the Australian mercenary Kano in a planned reboot of the MORTAL KOMBAT franchise. Apparently the idea is to make it a lively adventure instead of a dark action thriller. Simon Mcquoid is directing from a script by Greg Russo.
Li Bingbing is being lined up to star in a gender-swapped reboot of the RUSH HOUR franchise. Three action comedies were made with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker playing mismatched cops, but Brett Ratner will not be involved in this new version.
Stephen Lang is lined up to star in VFW, an action-horror about a group of Vietnam veterans trying to defend themselves from a crazed drug dealer and his army of junkies. Joe Begos is directing.
Samira Wiley is joining Tom Hanks in BIOS, about the last man on Earth, who builds a robot to care for his dog after his death, then embarks on a journey to teach the robot to be human. Caleb Landry Jones costars; Miguel Sapochnik is directing.
Greg Berlanti will direct and Richard LaGravenese will write ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS, a biopic about Rock Hudson, tracing the iconic actor's career as a star of romantic comedies in the 1950s and 60s while keeping his sexuality a secret.
And Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas are heading to the big screen for a documentary about their upcoming reunion tour. The idea is to take a "personal, behind-the-scenes look" at the brothers and the new music they are working on together after six years on their own.
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