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Margot Robbie will produce and star in a new film version of TANK GIRL, the comic about a punk tank driver who takes on a tyrannical global corporation in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. Miles Joris-Peyrafitte is directing. The comic was previously adapted on film in 1995.
Amanda Seyfried, Finn Wittrock, Jennifer Carpenter, Amy Irving and Paul Giamatti will star in A MOUTHFUL OF AIR, about a writer who escapes into her fictional creation to escape the depression that comes after the birth of her first child. Director Amy Koppelman starts filming this week.
Chiwetel Ejiofor has landed the bad guy role in INFINITE, an action thriller about warriors who are reincarnated over centuries. Mark Wahlberg, Sophie Cookson, Dylan O'Brien and Johannes Haukur Johannesson also star in the film, which director Antoine Fuqua starts shooting this month.
Lily James is joining Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes in THE DIG, a period drama based on the true story of a widow who believes that her land contains buried archaeological treasure. Simon Stone is directing.
Millie Bobby Brown will produce and star in TIME LOST, about a feud between two Long Island families that boils over when one of their teen daughters is diagnosed with cancer. Anna Klassen is writing the script, based on a story by Brown and her sister Paige.
Hayley Atwell has joined the cast of the next MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movie, which reteams Tom Cruise with writer-director Christopher McQuarrie. The plan is to shoot the seventh and eighth episodes in the franchise back-to-back. There's no word on the plot.
Jack O'Connell, Maxine Peake, Jason Isaacs and Holliday Grainger are lined up to star in TWISTING MY MELON a biopic of Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder. Writer Matt Greenhalgh (who previously made music bios Control and Nowhere Boy) is also directing.
Matthias Schoenaerts, Mark Rylance, Joseph Fiennes, Douglas Booth and Geza Rohrig are set for roles in THE LAST PLANET, Terrence Malick's next film. Apparently, it's a biblical-themed story set during the making of a film about Jesus Christ.
Author and actress Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) will make her feature writing and directing debut with AS SICK AS THEY MADE US, a comedy-drama about a difficult woman trying to help her estranged brother visit their father on his deathbed. The story is loosely based on Bialik's real-life experience.
And Malin Akerman will produce and star in CHICK FIGHT, an action comedy about a young woman who gets involved in an underground fight club after the death of her mother, her father coming out as gay, and the loss of her business. Paul Leyden is directing.
Tiffany Haddish and Billy Crystal will star in the comedy HERE TODAY, about a veteran comedy writer who befriends a New York street singer. Crystal is also directing the film, which he cowrote with Alan Zweibel.
Tom Hanks will star in a movie about MAJOR MATT MASON, the astronaut action figure who lives on the moon fending off various alien attacks. Akiva Goldsman is adapting the script based on a short story by Michael Chabon.
Meanwhile, Will Smith will reteam with Goldsman for BRILLIANCE, based on the trilogy of novels about a gifted federal agent who can predict people's moves based on body language. His latest assignment is to prevent a civil war.
Justin Timberlake will return to acting for PALMER, a drama about an ex-con who returns to his hometown to try to get his life back on track, then finds himself taking care of an abandoned young boy. Fisher Stevens is directing from a Black List script by Cheryl Guerriero.
Rooney Mara is joining Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in NIGHTMARE ALLEY, based on the 1946 novel about a con-man who teams up with a psychiatrist to trick people into handing over their cash. Guillermo del Toro is directing and writing with Kim Morgan.
Indya Moore, Tom Felton, Tamara Smart and Oona Laurence will star in BABYSITTER'S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING, based on the book series about a first-time babysitter trying to rescue a child taken by the Boogeyman. Rachel Talalay is directing.
Maggie Q is joining Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce in LONG GONE HEROES, an action thriller about an ex-soldier mercenary who is hired to return to track down the missing daughter of a politician in Burma, where he has to face an old nemesis. Santiago Manes Moreno is directing.
Alexandra Daddario, Olivia Munn, Travis Fimmel and Diego Boneta will star in DIE IN A GUNFIGHT, about a couple in New York City facing serious tensions because their fathers are at war with each other. Collin Schiffli is directing .
Mary Lynn Rajskub and Edwin Hodge have joined the cast of GHOST DRAFT, a thriller set in the future, as scientists draft soldiers from the past to fight aliens. Chris Pratt, JK Simmons, Yvonne Strahovski, Betty Gilpin and Theo Von costar. Chris McKay is directing.
And Iko Uwais is joining the cast of SNAKE EYES, the GI Joe spinoff starring Henry Golding as the eponymous ninja commando and Andre Koji as his blood brother/nemesis. Robert Schwentke is directing from a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos. Filming starts soon in Vancouver and Tokyo.
Emily Blunt and Jon Hamm are joining Jamie Dornan and Christopher Walken in WILD MOUNTAIN THYME, which John Patrick Shanley will adapt from his play Outside Mullingar. It's about couple whose respective families are involved in a feud over contested land ownership. Filming starts in Ireland later this month.
Mark Rylance, Jeremy Strong, Frank Langella and possibly Michael Keaton will join Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jonathan Majors in THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7. After a blip in financing, Aaron Sorkin is now back-on-track with his drama about the 1969 anti-war protesters who were charged with conspiracy by the US government.
Carey Mulligan is joining Ralph Fiennes in THE DIG, a drama set at the end of World War II. It's about a widow who thinks her land contains valuable buried history, and the archaeologist who looks into it. Simon Stone is directing.
Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao and Adarsh Gourav will star in THE WHITE TIGER, based on the award-winning novel that follows the life of a village tea-shop worker who becomes a successful big city entrepreneur. Rahmin Bahrani is writing and directing.
Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton will star in a body-swap action thriller about a vicious assassin who switches places with a teenage girl, and they only have 24 hours to figure out how to get back into their own bodies. Christopher Landon is directing.
Peter Capaldi and Pete Davidson are the latest new cast members for THE SUICIDE SQUAD, James Gunn's sequel once again starring Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman and Jai Courtney. Also on board are Idris Elba, Storm Reid, Taika Waititi and Nathan Fillion.
Dylan O'Brien is joining Mark Wahlberg in INFINITE, Antoine Fuqua's action thriller about a group of men and women who have been reincarnated over the centuries. Sophie Cookson costars in the film, which begins production later this month.
Katheryn Winnick and Juan Pablo Raba are joining Liam Neeson in THE MINUTEMAN, an action thriller that starts filming next week in New Mexico. It's about a rancher trying to help a young boy who's being hunted by a cartel hitman. Robert Lorenz is directing.
Zazie Beetz, Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom and Ken Jeong will join Catherine O'Hara to voice characters in EXTINCT, an animated comedy adventure by David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie). It's about two donut-shaped animals that time-travel from the 1830s to present-day Shanghai, where they get a chance to save their species.
And Alicia Vikander will be back for a second TOMB RAIDER movie, which will rather surprisingly be directed by Ben Wheatley from a script by his usual cohort Amy Jump. There's no word on the plot, but let's hope for something a little more unhinged.
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beyond the big screen...
The world premiere of World's End
at the King's Head, Islington...
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Fosse/Verdon, Dead to Me, Special...
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SCREEN: Spring TV Roundup: Les Miserables, Fleabag, This Time, Discovery, Schitt's Creek & more...
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