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Michelle Williams will star opposite Julianne Moore in AFTER THE WEDDING, a gender-flipped remake of the 2006 Danish drama about a charity worker whose secret past catches up with her when she travels to New York to find funding for her work in India. Bart Freundlich is writing and directing.
Leslie Jones and her Saturday Night Live costar Colin Jost will star in the high concept action comedy BABY NURSE, about an FBI agent who goes undercover as, well, a baby nurse to solve a crime. Lorne Michaels is producing.
Meanwhile, Jones is also joining the cast of the second ANGRY BIRDS movie along with Sterling K Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Zach Woods, Awkwafina, Lil Rel Howery and Brooklynn Prince. Returning voices include Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride and Peter Dinklage.
Ed Skrein is lined up to play the villain in the MALEFICENT sequel, because Angelina Jolie's title character is no longer a baddie. There's no word on the story, but Elle Fanning will also be back in the Sleeping Beauty role. Joachim Ronning is directing from a script by Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton.
Lily Collins will star in TITAN, a thriller about a musician who finds herself in danger after heading into a remote forest to investigate the death of her sister, an environmental activist. Austin Bunn is directing.
Common and James Badge Dale are the latest new cast members for the dramatic thriller THE KITCHEN, which stars Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Margo Martindale as mob wives who take over their husbands' business.
Edgar Ramirez and Jesse Plemons are joining JUNGLE CRUISE, an adventure based on the Disney theme park ride. It's about a boat captain (Dwayne Johnson) who takes a woman (Emily Blunt) and and her brother (Jack Whitehall) on an Amazon expedition to find a tree with healing properties. Jaume Collet-Serra is directing.
Jack Huston is joining the cast of THE EARTHQUAKE BIRD, about a young expat in Tokyo who is suspected of murder after her friend goes missing. Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough star in the film, which is being written and directed by Wash Westmoreland.
Sophia Lillis (It) has landed the title role in NANCY DREW AND THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE, based on the second novel in the long-running series about a teenage sleuth. This one sees Nancy helping a friend figure out why she's been hearing strange noises in their home. Ellen DeGeneres is producing.
And Clea DuVall will direct and cowrite HAPPIEST SEASON, a romantic comedy about a woman who plans an elaborate proposal during a family holiday, then discovers that her girlfriend hasn't yet come out to her conservative parents. There's no word on whether DuVall will also act in the film.
Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas will team up again for PAIN AND GLORY, which also reunites them with filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, who launched both of their careers. The film is described as a series of scenes in which a filmmaker contemplates his decades-long career and how difficult it is now to get a movie made. Asier Etxeandia and Julieta Serrano costar.
Nicole Kidman will produce and star in THE FEMALE PERSUASION, based on Meg Wolitzer's novel about a long-time women's rights activist who inadvertently changes the life of a shy new university student. Lynda Obst is also producing.
Vin Diesel will be back for a fourth XXX movie, following the further adventures of the extreme sports nut who becomes a spy. DJ Caruso, who directed last year's XXX: Return of Xander Cage, is also back on board. There's no word on the plot, but filming is scheduled to start in December.
Amanda Seyfried, Kevin Costner and Martin Donovan are joining Milo Ventimiglia in THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, based on the novel told from the point of view of a dog whose life is defined by the lessons learned by his professional race-car driver owner. Simon Curtis is directing.
Rising star Noah Jupe will play an even younger version of Shia LaBeouf in HONEY BOY. Lucas Hedges plays him as a teen. LaBeouf wrote the script, based on his complex relationship with his heroin-addicted father (whom LaBeouf is playing). Alma Harel is directing.
Imelda Staunton, Alex Secareanu and Carla Juri will star in the horror drama OUTSIDE, about a young war-tramautised refugee who moves in with a woman and her dying mother. And as he falls for the woman, he begins to think that she is possessed by a demon. Romola Garai is making her writing-directing debut.
Ice Cube will star in and produce HUMBUG, a new take on Dickens' A Christmas Carol that reimagines Scrooge as a stingy real estate magnate. Matt Ember and Tom Astle (Home) are working on the script.
Jackie Chan, John Cho, Constance Wu, Bobby Lee, Jimmy Wong, Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Jimmy O Yang will voice characters in the animated WISH DRAGON, a Chinese retelling of the genie-in-the-bottle story from One Thousand and One Nights. Chris Appelhans is directing.
John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott and Paul Walter Hauser are joining the cast of LATE NIGHT, about a veteran talk-show host (Emma Thompson) who worries that she will lose her show after she hires her first female writer (Mindy Kaling). Nisha Ganatra is directing from a script by Kaling.
And Steven Spielberg is being lined up to enter the superhero genre with the World War II action adventure BLACKHAWK, based on the DC comic about a team of international pilots led by a hero who fought the Nazis. David Koepp is writing the script.
Amy Schumer is being lined up to play champion boxer CHRISTY MARTIN in a biopic tracing her rising stardom as well as her tortured marriage to an abusive husband who stalked her after she left him for a woman. Katherine Fugate is writing and directing.
James McAvoy and Bill Hader are lined up to join Jessica Chastain and Bill Skarsgard for IT: CHAPTER TWO, which follows the further horrors of a group of children who grew up together with a terrible secret. The sequel will also feature the younger versions of the characters in flashback.
Domhnall Gleeson is the latest actor lined up to join THE KITCHEN, a crime drama set in 1970s New York, where women take over the business when their mobster husbands are arrested. The film also stars Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Margo Martindale.
Kristen Bell will star in FANTASY CAMP, a musical comedy about a failed junior high teacher who decides to pursue a long-buried dream by attending a performing arts camp. The script is by Sid Karger.
Jason Clarke is lined up to star in a new film adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel PET SEMATARY, about a doctor who moves his family from the city to the countryside, where a local burial ground can resurrect the recently deceased. Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch (Starry Eyes) are directing.
Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette will star in OTHERHOOD, a comedy based on the book Whatever Makes You Happy. The story follows three suburban moms who show up at their sons' Manhattan homes unannounced. Cindy Chupack is directing.
Shohreh Agdashloo, Louis Gossett Jr, Lauren Holly and Giacomo Gianniotti will star in THE CUBAN, a coming-of-age drama about a young Afghan immigrant (Ana Golja) who befriends a senile Cuban musician in the nursing home where she works.
Randall Park has joined the cast of AQUAMAN, the solo adventure starring Jason Momoa as the underwater king. Costars include Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, Patrick Wilson and Michael Beach. James Wan is directing.
Gabriel Luna (Agents of SHIELD) will play a new model of TERMINATOR in Tim Miller's upcoming sequel to T2. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes and Diego Boneta also star in the film, which was written by David Goyer.
And Ed Sheeran is being lined up to appear in the musical comedy being put together by Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis, about a man who wakes up one morning to discover that he's the only person on earth who remembers the Beatles' songs. Lily James, Kate McKinnon and Hamish Patel are also on board.
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