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Tiffany Haddish is joining the cast of THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT, the meta-comedy starring Nicolas Cage as a fictional version of himself as he's hired to entertain a drug kingpin (Pedro Pascal) in his birthday. Tom Gormicanis directing.
Ryan Gosling will play a film stuntman in an action thriller written by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) and directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2). There's no word on the plot, but the plan is apparently to make the movie quickly, amid Leitch's work on Brad Pitt's Bullet Train and Gosling's role alongside Chris Evans in The Gray Man.
Carey Mulligan will play the wife of iconic composer Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO, a musical biopic that traces their 30-year relationship. Bradley Cooper will play Bernstein, and he's also directing, producing and cowriting the script with Josh Singer.
Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia will produce FOUR DOWN, a documentary that will retrace a fishing trip during which four men, including two NFL players, were stranded 70 miles from shore in the Gulf of Mexico. The film is based on the memoir written by the only survivor. Steven Cantor is directing.
Mickey Rourke will play the villain in THE COMMANDO, about a federal agent who returns from a botched mission and finds his family being threatened by a recently released criminal who has stashed money in their house. Asif Akbar is directing.
Algee Smith (Euphoria) is joining Chloe Grace Moretz in MOTHER/ANDROID, about a couple expecting their first child as they flee from their country, which is at war with a robot army. Project Power screenwriter Mattson Tomlin is directing.
Olivia Munn will star in ALEPPO, a dramatic thriller about the friendship between a UN journalist and a young refugee who team up after a tragedy to escape from war-torn Syria. Brazilian filmmaker David Schurmann is directing from a script by Beto Dantas.
Christopher Plummer, Patton Oswalt, Byron Mann and Ron Perlman are voicing characters in HEROES OF THE GOLDEN MASKS, an animated fantasy about a teen who is mysteriously transported to an ancient lost city of heroes and warriors. Sean Patrick O'Reilly is directing.
Ron Howard will direct JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES, a biopic about pianist Lang Lang. Born in provincial China, Lang's family sacrificed almost everything to help their gifted son's career, and he's now at the top of the global classical music scene.
And Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard are writing a film biopic about Tom Moore, the former British Army captain who raised £39m for the NHS by walking laps in his garden just before he turned 100. He also had a No 1 hit single and was knighted by the Queen. Moore says he'd choose Michael Caine or Anthony Hopkins to play him, "if they're prepared to age up".
Rumours are swirling that Tom Hardy has been selected as the next James Bond, although of course nothing has been confirmed. Other names being mentioned include Idris Elba and Henry Golding. The forthcoming NO TIME TO DIE is Daniel Craig's last outing in the role.
John Boyega and Payman Maadi are teaming with director Gavin Hood for THE TEST, a thriller based on the novel set in an authoritarian near-future as an immigrant takes a citizenship test with a psychologist, who is also trying to stop a far-right terrorist.
Eva Longoria, Jeff Goldblum, James Marsden, Amy Sedaris and Ariana Greenblatt are joining the voice cast of THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS, a sequel catching up with the characters years later as they face a new boss baby. Returning are Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel, director Tom McGrath and and writer Mike McCullers.
Selena Gomez will be back for a fourth animated HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA movie, voicing the modern-minded daughter of Adam Sandler's Dracula. Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon are taking on the directing duties this time.
Odessa Young and Sope Dirisu have joined the cast of MOTHERING SUNDAY, alongside Olivia Colman, Colin Firth and Josh O'Connor. It's about a maid in 1924 who has secretly been in a long-time relationship with an upper-class neighbour. Director Eva Husson started filming this week.
Andrew Koji (Warrior) will join Brad Pitt in the action thriller BULLET TRAIN, based on the novel Maria Beetle, about a battle between assassins who are travelling between two Japanese cities. David Leitch is directing from a script by Zak Olkewicz.
Jordan Fisher will star in HELLO, GOODBYE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, about teens who make a pact to break up before they go to university. The film reteams Fisher with To All the Boys: PS I Still Love You producer Matt Kaplan. Michael Lewen is directing.
Brian Krause, Rizwan Manji and his son Aariq Manji will star in BASEMENT, a drama set in a Brooklyn bomb shelter in the wake of a terrorist attack. Costars include Christie Prades, Shannon Sullivan, Hunter Emory, RJ Brown and Jordana Rose. Robert Rosenbaum is directing.
Filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung (Minari) will write and direct a live-action remake of the acclaimed 2016 anime adventure YOUR NAME. It's about two teens who discover that they're able to swap bodies with each other, and they need to use this gift to save their lives during a natural disaster.
And Jim Caviezel says that plans are still underway for him to reprise his role as Jesus in the sequel PASSION OF THE CHRIST: RESURRECTION, which clearly covers the missing ending to the 2004 hit. Mel Gibson is again writing and directing.
It's official, Madonna really is directing her own biopic, which she's written with Diablo Cody. She says the film will centre on the music, but it will also include her work as a dancer, writer, activist and filmmaker over a 40-year career.
Jonathan Majors is joining the cast of the third ANT-MAN movie, most likely as time-travelling supervillain Kang the Conqueror, who in the comics has encounters with various Avengers. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will be back to star in the film, with Peyton Reed returning as director.
Jake Gyllenhaal is reteaming with Southpaw director Antoine Fuqua for a remake of the real-time Danish thriller THE GUILTY, which is set entirely inside an emergency response call centre as an operator tries to save a caller who's in danger. Nic Pizzolatto is adapting the script.
Meanwhile, it's looking likely that Gyllenhaal will also reunite with Denis Villeneuve, who directed the actor in the acclaimed thrillers Prisoners and Enemy. Gyllenhaal says the project is already in the works, but gave away no details.
Naomi Watts will star in LAKEWOOD, a thriller about a woman desperately racing against time to save her child as her small town is placed on lockdown. Director Phillip Noyce begins filming in Canada this week from a script by Chris Sparling (Buried).
Lily James and Harry Styles are up for lead roles in MY POLICEMAN, a drama set in 1950s Brighton. Styles would play a local cop who believes that it's safer to marry James' schoolteacher than try to plan a life with the man he truly loves. Michael Grandage is directing from a script by Ron Nyswaner.
Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Dave Chappelle are planning to team up for a new film project. Rock specifically wrote the script for his long-time friends, and isn't saying anything about the plot. He also says he has finished writing another script, which he calls "Bad Lieutenant starring an insane actress".
Sarah Snook will star in a new adaptation of Jane Austen's novel PERSUASION, about a woman who rejects the marriage proposal of a young naval officer, then meets him again years later when he's a decorated war hero. Mahalia Belo is directing from a script by Jessica Swale.
Lizzy Caplan, Antony Starr and Cleopatra Coleman will star in COBWEB, a horror thriller about a young boy (Woody Norman) who begins to suspect that his parents are hiding a nasty secret in the walls of their home. Samuel Bodin is directing; Seth Rogen is producing.
And Ethan Hawke is directing an documentary about the lives and careers of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, whose 50-year relationship spanned a range of projects that came with their own challenges.
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