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D A T E L I N E :   1 7   F E B R U A R Y . . .

Benedict Cumberbatch will star in THE CHILD IN TIME, based on the Ian McEwan novel about a children's book author whose daughter goes missing, devastating his marriage. Julian Farino is directing.


Gemma Arterton and Eva Green will star in VITA & VIRGINIA, which centres on the real-life romance between socialite Vita Sackville-West and novelist Virginia Woolf in 1920s England. Chanya Button (Burn Burn Burn) is directing and cowriting with Eileen Atkins, who wrote a play about the couple.
Jake Gyllenhaal is joining Joaquin Phoenix and John C Reilly in THE SISTER BROTHERS, based on the black comedy novel about siblings hired to kill a thieving prospector in 1851 Oregon. Jacques Audiard is directing.
Robert Downey Jr will star in Richard Linklater's project based on MAN OF THE PEOPLE, a podcast telling the true story of two doctors who scammed their way to fame selling fake medicine on radio programmes. They were brought down by a tenacious news editor.
Jennifer Connelly is joining Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrein in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, about a 26th century robot that is reprogrammed into a bounty hunter, but she remembers her deadly fighting skills. Robert Rodriguez is directing.
Mahershala Ali has joined Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum in TRIPLE FRONTIER, a crime thriller set on the border where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet. JC Chandor is directing from a script by Mark Boal.
Lea Seydoux is joining Colin Firth and Matthias Schoenaerts in KURSK, the thriller based on the true story of a Russian nuclear submarine that sank in the Barents Sea in 2000. Thomas Vinterberg is directing.
Vince Vaughn will join Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey and Nick Frost in FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, a comedy-drama based on a documentary about the parents of sibling wrestling superstars, who willbe played by Florence Pugh and Jack Lowden. Stephen Merchant is writing and directing.
Dave Bautista is joining Jodie Foster in HOTEL ARTEMIS, about an underground Los Angeles hospital for criminals. Writer Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) is making his directing debut.
Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels are the latest new cast members for THE CATCHER WAS A SPY, the true story of a professional baseball player who secretly worked for the US government. Paul Rudd and Guy Pearce also star in the film, which director Ben Lewin is now shooting.
Jack Huston, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Ralph Ineson are teaming up to star in MILITIA, a thriller about a cop and a private militia member who team up to stop a string of copycat killings. Henry Dunham is writing and directing.
And Australian musician Tim Minchin will play Friar Tuck in ROBIN HOOD: ORIGINS, the action-oriented remake starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan, Eve Hewson, Ben Mendelsohn and Paul Anderson. Otto Bathurst is directing.

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Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson will star in an English-language remake of the award-winning German comedy TONI ERDMANN. It's about a workaholic woman whose father plays a series of practical jokes to reconnect with her and help her reconnect with life.


Zoe Saldana is lined up to play a killer for hire in HUMMINGBIRD, about a black-ops assassin whose new job reveals some shocking truths about her past. Written by John McClain, the film is said to be in the vein of the Scarlett Johansson hit Lucy.
Sienna Miller, Christina Hendricks, Jacki Weaver and Aaron Paul will star in THE BURNING WOMAN, a thriller about a woman who raises her young grandson after her teen daughter mysteriously disappears. Jake Scott is directing from a script by Brad Ingelsby.
Michael Sheen and Michelle Monaghan will star in the surreal drama THE PRICE OF ADMISSION, about a playwright who, while having a midlife crisis, writes a complex play about his life. Peter Glanz is writing and directing.
Samantha Morton and Billie Piper will star in the British drama TWO FOR JOY, which follows the experiences of a bedridden woman, her teenage daughter and her tearaway younger son. Tom Beard is making his feature writing-directing debut.
Andrea Riseborough will star in the psychological drama NANCY, about a woman who begins to lose her identity after living her life as a series of impersonations of other people. Ann Dowd, John Leguizamo, Steve Buscemi and J Smith-Cameron costar in the film, which is written and directed by Christina Choe.
Gerard Butler will star in SNOW PONIES, an action thriller about a group of men travelling around the world to deliver an important package. But of course nothing goes as planned. Darrin Prescott is directing from the Blacklist script by Pat Healy.
Sam Rockwell, Chris Messina and Lily Rabe will star in WE'RE JUST MARRIED, which centres on a suburban housewife in the 1970s whose affair with a neighbour causes chaos in a quiet cul-de-sac. Rodrigo Garcia is directing from a script by David Rabe.
John Lithgow has joined the cast of PITCH PERFECT 3, which is currently in production. Details of the story are being kept under wraps, but the returning cast includes Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Camp, Ruby Rose and Brittany Snow. Trish Sie is directing.
Temuera Morrison is lined up to star opposite Nicole Kidman as the parents of Jason Momoa's AQUAMAN. Filming starts in the spring with director James Wan and a cast that includes Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe and Patrick Wilson.
And Johnny Knoxville will star in ACTION PARK, a comedy about a group of chuckleheads who design and build a crazed theme park. Tim Kirkby (Veep) is directing from a script cowritten by Knoxville. Filming starts next month in South Africa.

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Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez will star in Todd Solondz's new film, LOVE CHILD, about a Broadway-obsessed 11-year-old who plots to kill his father and set his mother up with the lodger, but changes his plan when it works a little too well.


Matthew McConaughey will star in THE BEACH BUM, which appears to be a bit of typecasting, as it follows the "hilarious misadventures" of a life-loving rogue. Harmony Korine is writing and directing.
Meanwhile, Bel Powley will play McConaughey's daughter in WHITE BOY RICK, the true story of a teen who went from being a drug informant to a kingpin. Costars include Bruce Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Rory Cochrane. Yann Demange is directing.
Kristin Scott Thomas will star in and make her directing debut with a film adaptation of the novel THE SEA CHANGE. Mark Strong will play her husband, a London playwright. The story traces their collapsing marriage and an encounter with a very forward young woman. Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Ida) wrote the screenplay.
Guy Pearce is joining Paul Rudd in THE CATCHER WAS A SPY, based on the true story of a professional baseball player who was also a US intelligence operative during WWII. Ben Lewin is directing from a script by Robert Rodat.
Katherine Waterston will star in the dramatic thriller A SEPARATION, based on the novel about a woman who agrees with her husband to separate. Then just as she settles into her newly single life, he goes missing.
Frank Langella will star in LAPHAM RISING, based on the novel about a retired writer who declares war when construction begins on an ostentatious mansion opposite his quiet home in the Hamptons. Charlie Kessler is directing.
Sarah Paulson has joined the cast of LOST GIRLS, a thriller based on the true story of a woman searching for her missing daughter while police are hunting for a violent serial killer on Long Island. Documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus is making her narrative debut.
Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmar and Ronan Raftery will star in MORTAL ENGINES, based on the novels about a post-apocalyptic future in which whole cities roam the landscape consuming each other for fuel. Christian Rivers is directing from a script by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.
Joey King and Molly Ringwald will star in THE KISSING BOOTH, a rom-com based on the novel about a teen girl who has an unexpected encounter with her best friend's brother, the hottest boy in school. Writer-director Vince Marcello is currently filming in South Africa.
Brenton Thwaites will star in the psychological thriller GHOSTS OF WAR, about five exhausted American soldiers who are assigned to defend a French chateau against attack right at the end of WWII. Eric Bress is writing and directing.
And Ian Ziering, Tara Fitzgerald and Cassie Scerbo have reassembled for SHARKNADO 5, which has just started filming in Bulgaria. Anthony C Ferrante is back as director for the comedy-disaster movie, in which the freak weather phenomenon will cause havoc around the world.

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