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Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson will play the British-born KGB spy RED JOAN in a biopic that cross-cuts between the years 2000 and 1938. Tom Hughes, Stephen Campbell Moore, Ben Miles and Tereza Srbova costar. Director Trevor Nunn is currently in production around England.
Isabelle Huppert, Greg Kinnear, Marisa Tomei, Jeremie Renier and Andre Wilms will star in A FAMILY VACATION, which follows three generations of relatives on a life-changing trip to Portugal. Ira Sachs is directing and also cowriting with Mauricio Zacharias.
Meanwhile, Huppert will reteam with writer-director Anne Fontaine for PURE AS SNOW, a twist on the Snow White fairy tale that centres on a young woman (Lou de Laage) who works at her father's hotel, which is now managed by her jealous stepmother (Huppert).
Jamie Dornan and Sam Claflin will team up for BORDERLAND, an action thriller set in 1970s London as an IRA officer goes in search of his wife's killer while an SAS officer hunts him down. Brian Kirk is directing from a script by Ronan Bennett.
Rita Ora as joined the cast of DETECTIVE PIKACHU, the live-action Pokemon adventure starring Ryan Reynolds, Bill Nighy, Suki Waterhouse, Ken Watanabe, Kathryn Newton and Justice Smith. Director Rob Letterman is currently filming in London.
Gerard Butler, O'Shea Jackson Jr and writer-director Christian Gudegast will be back for DEN OF THIEVES 2, the continuing adventures of an LA County Sheriff, this time of course chasing diamond thieves in Europe. And Butler will also star in AFTERBURN, Jung Buing-gil's adaptation of the post-apocalyptic comic series.
Meanwhile, Piper Perabo has joined Butler in ANGEL HAS FALLEN, the second sequel to the Secret Service thriller Olympus Has Fallen. This one is set on board Air Force One. Morgan Freeman and Jada Pinkett Smith costar; Ric Roman Waugh is directing.
Michael Keaton will star in WHAT IS LIFE WORTH, based on the memoir by the well-connected lawyer who took on the pro-bono job of representing the 9/11 victims. David Frankel is directing from a Black List script by Max Borenstein.
Lea Seydoux and Anders Baasmo Christiansen will star in THE STORY OF MY WIFE, an offbeat romance from Hungarian filmmaker Ildiko Enyedi (On Body and Soul). Set in the 1920s, it's about a sea captain who makes a bet with his friend that he will marry the next woman who walks into a cafe.
Danny Glover and James Caan will star in BANG BANG, a drama about two former boxers who re-enter the ring in Detroit to settle an old score. Brendan Walsh (Nurse Jackie) is directing from a script by Will Janowitz.
Finn Whitrock and Jesse Buckley have joined the cast of JUDY, the Judy Garland biopic starring Renee Zellweger. The film is set around her final series of concerts in London. Rupert Goold is directing from a script by Tom Edge (The Crown).
And Metallica lead singer James Hetfield has landed a role in EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE, the biopic about serial killer Ted Bundy (Zac Efron). The film also stars Lily Collins, John Malkovich, Kaya Scodelario, Jim Parsons, Haley Joel Osment, Terry Kinney and Dylan Baker. Joe Berlinger is directing.
Tiffany Haddish is teaming up with Melissa McCarthy for the serious thriller THE KITCHEN, based on the comics about women who take over the Irish New York mob when their husbands are arrested. Andrea Berloff is directing.
Alicia Vikander will star in THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER, a psychological thriller about a young woman hiding the truth that her father kept her and her mother captive in the wilderness for years. And now he's out of prison. Morten Tyldum is directing.
Michael Fassbender will star in and produce the action comedy KUNG FURY, a feature-length sequel to the short film starring David Hasselhoff, who will reprise his role. It's about an elite squad of Thundercops in 1985 Miami. David Sandberg is writing and directing.
Tessa Thompson will star in and produce a biopic about iconic jewel thief Doris Payne, whose criminal spree has spanned six decades and continues now at age 87. A prolific shoplifter, Payne has continually changed her identity to elude officials.
Keira Knightley and Matt Smith will team up for OFFICIAL SECRETS, a thriller based on the true story of a British intelligence officer who, just before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, exposed an illegal spying operation against the UN Security Council. Gavin Hood is directing.
Morgan Freeman and Forest Whitaker are teaming up with John Travolta for THE POISON ROSE, a thriller about a private detective caught up in an increasingly complicated case. George Gallo is directing and cowriting with Richard Salvatore.
Jim Parsons will play a veteran drag queen in THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE, based on the play about an Elvis impersonator in a run-down Florida bar who creates a drag show to support his pregnant wife. Matthew Lopez is adapting his stage play for the screen.
Diane Kruger and Eric Bana will star in THE OPERATIVE, a thriller about a Mossad agent who goes undercover in Tehran, but gets caught up in a complex triangle between the man she's investigating and her handler. Kruger will also join Julianne Moore in Bart Freundlich's AFTER THE WEDDING.
Ethan Hawke will play inventor Nikolai Tesla in the cleverly titled biopic TESLA, which will trace his life including his rivalry with Thomas Edison and his relationship with JP Morgan's daughter. Michael Almereyda is directing.
Bette Midler and Sharon Stone will star in THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE, a comedy based on the play about a New York housewife whose mid-life crisis is lightened by a visit from her globe-trotting childhood friend. Andy Fickman is directing.
Jason Statham is teaming up with director DJ Caruso for KILLER'S GAME, about a hitman who takes out a contract on himself when he is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Then he discovers the doctor was wrong. The project has been in the works for 20 years with various actors and filmmakers attached.
And Sacha Baron Cohen is working on another underground mock-doc in the style of Borat and Bruno. This time, he has reportedly shot a scene with an unsuspecting OJ Simpson in a Las Vegas hotel room. Everything is under wraps.
Elisabeth Moss will play the title role in A LETTER FROM ROSEMARY KENNEDY, the story of the little-known eldest Kennedy sibling, who was institutionalised because her father Joseph wanted to keep her out of public view. Ritesh Batra is directing.
Timothy Chalamet will play Henry V in THE KING, about the 14th century English monarch, who assumed the throne as a young man when his brother was killed in battle. David Michod is directing from a script he wrote with Joel Edgerton. Brad Pitt is producing.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Ansel Elgort and Zendaya will star in FINEST KIND, a thriller about two Boston brothers who make a deal with a mobster that drags them into the crime underworld. Brian Helgeland is writing and directing.
Joaquin Phoenix is set to play THE JOKER in a Batman spin-off movie that will apparently trace the gritty 1980s origins of the super-villain. Todd Phillips is directing and cowriting the script with Scott Silver. Martin Scorsese is producing.
Mira Sorvino, Val Kilmer, Michael Chiklis, Clifton Collins Jr and Henry Thomas will star in the crime drama RIPTIDE, about two sons of a drug dealer who go to war when their father is arrested. Shaun Hart is writing and directing.
Kathy Bates has joined the cast of THE LAUREATE, a biopic starring Tom Hughes as British poet and novelist Robert Graves. Laura Haddock and Dianna Agron costar. Meanwhile, Bates is also joining Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson in the Bonnie and Clyde thriller HIGHWAYMAN.
Kate Bosworth and Alfred Molina are joining David Strathairn in THE DEVIL HAS A NAME, which also stars and is being directed by Edward James Olmos. It's based on the true story of a farmer who has a stand-off with an oil company that poisoned his land.
Jaeden Lieberher, Richard Armitage and Lia McHugh are joining Riley Keough in the supernatural thriller THE LODGE, about a woman trapped at a remote holiday resort with her fiance's two children. Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (Goodnight Mommy) are directing.
Angus Macfadyen will return to the role of ROBERT THE BRUCE for a new film about the Scottish king. The actor first played the role in 1995's Braveheart. Costars include Jared Harris, Patrick Dugit, Anna Hutchison, Kevin McNally and Melora Walters. Richard Gray is directing.
And Simon Farnaby is writing and James Bobin is directing an ACTION MAN movie, based on Hasbro's GI Joe spin-off soldier doll for the toy market outside America. The filmmakers' involvement suggests a British-slanted comedy is in the works.
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