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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will team up with Dwayne Johnson for EMERGENCY CONTACT, an action film set in the underground music scene in Austin, Texas. The screenplay is by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani (The Mauritanian).
Christina Ricci has joined Abdul-Mateen in the cast of the fourth film in THE MATRIX saga, alongside returning Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Lambert Wilson, plus Priyanka Chopra, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff and Jessica Henwick. Lana Wachowski is directing.
Meanwhile, Donnie Yen has joined the cast of JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4, as a fellow assassin and longtime friend to Keanu Reeves' title character. Shamier Anderson and Rina Sawayama are also on board. Chad Stahelski is back as director, with the script this time by Shay Hatten and Michael Finch.
Billy Porter and Dan McCabe are writing a film that follows three generations of African-Americans who work in show business, as they navigate their careers, love lives and other connections. Greg Berlanti is producing.
Alfre Woodard is joining Blair Underwood and Sarah Silverman in the thriller VIRAL, about a man who, after his wife goes missing, turns to a woman for support. But she's dealing with her own dark issues. Underwood is also directing the film, which is now shooting in New York.
Frank Langella, Stockard Channing, Bobby Cannavale, Cheech Marin and Ashley Benson will star in LAPHAM RISING, about a retired writer and his talking dog whose quiet life is disrupted when a billionaire begins building a mega-mansion next door. Charlie Kressler is directing.
Sharlto Copley, Ilyana Halley and Leah Sava Jeffries are joining Idris Elba in BEAST, about a recently widowed man who takes his teen daughters to visit an old family friend's South African game reserve. But this healing holiday is interrupted by a rogue lion. Baltasar Kormakur is directing.
Mary-Louise Parker is joining Natalie Portman in THE DAYS OF ABANDONMENT, based on the novel about a woman who set her dreams aside to build a family, then has to find new purpose in life when her husband leaves her. Maggie Betts is writing and directing.
Mason Gooding (Booksmart), Emily Rudd and Lukas Gage are joining Cole Sprouse in MOONSHOT, a romcom about two university students who stowaway on a space shuttle in order to be reunited with their significant others at a Mars colony. Chris Winterbauer is directing from a script by Max Taxe.
And unsurprisingly, Disney is already beginning to develop a sequel to CRUELLA, with director Craig Gillespie and writer Tony McNamara back on board. Emma Stone is expected to reprise the title role, possibly with Glenn Close returning as an older version of the character.
Jonathan Majors is set to play the boxing rival in CREED III, opposite Michael B Jordan. The plot is being kept under wraps, but Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rachad will both be back as well. And Jordan is making his feature directing debut with the film, which was written by Keenan Coogler and Zach Baylin.
Glenn Close is joining the cast of BROTHERS, a comedy about a pair of brothers played by the unlikely duo of Peter Dinklage and Josh Brolin. Max Barbakow is directing from a script by Macon Blair and Etan Cohen.
Tiffany Haddish will star in and produce a biopic about iconic track superstar Florence Griffith Joyner, better known as Flo-Jo, who set still-unbroken world records at the 1988 Olympics, then died 10 years later at just 38 from an epileptic seizure. The film will be accompanied by a documentary series.
Kate Beckinsale will star in PRISONER'S DAUGHTER, a drama about an ex-con looking for a way to reconnect with his daughter and grandson as his violent past catches up with him. Catherine Hardwick is directing from a script by Mark Bacci.
Jodie Turner-Smith is lined up to star alongside Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig in WHITE NOISE, based on the social-satire novel about an academic forced to face up to his mortality through a series of unrelated events. Raffey Cassidy costars in the film, which is being written and directed by Noah Baumbach.
Katherine Waterston, Samara Weaving, Max Minghella, Lukas Haas, Eric Roberts, PJ Byrne and Flea are joining the cast of BABYLON, Damien Chazelle's drama set in late-1920s Hollywood as the film industry shifts from silent movies to talkies. The film also stars Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Jovan Adepo, Diego Calva and Li Jun Li.
Phillipa Soo, Simu Liu and Luke Bracey will star in ONE TRUE LOVES, based on the novel about a woman who is forced to make a decision about moving on with a new man or remaining loyal to her presumed-dead husband. Andy Fickman is directing.
Robbie and Stephen Amell will reunite on-screen for CODE 8: PART II, a sequel to their 2019 thriller about people with special abilities who are confronted by militarised police. This time, their characters team up to protect a teen whose brother was killed by corrupt cops. Also returning are writer-director Jeff Chan and cowriter Chris Pare.
Ryan Kiera Armstrong (American Horror Story) has landed the lead role in FIRESTARTER, a remake based on the Stephen King novel about a young girl with pyrokinetic abilities who is abducted by government agents who want to use her skill as a weapon. Zac Efron and Michael Greyeyes costar in the film, which is being directed by Keith Thomas.
And Taylor Swift has joined the all-star ensemble cast of David O Russell's next film, which is being kept under wraps. Also on board are Margot Robbie, Robert De Niro, Christian Bale, Anya Taylor-Joy, John David Washington, Rami Malek, Zoe Saldana, Chris Rock, Michael Shannon, Mike Myers and Timothy Olyphant.
Anna Kendrick will star in RODNEY & SHERYL, based on the true story of a serial killer, who in the middle of his murder spree went on the Dating Game and was selected by a contestant to go out for a chaperoned dinner. Chloe Okuno is directing from a Black List script by Ian MacAllister McDonald.
Sterling K Brown and Regina Hall will star in and produce the mock-doc megachurch culture satire HONK FOR JESUS, SAVE YOUR SOUL, about pastor and his wife who are attempting to rebuild their congregation while defining what their faith means. Adamma Ebo is making her feature writing and directing debut. Daniel Kaluuya is also producing.
Alice Braga is joining Ben Affleck in the thriller HYPNOTIC, about a detective who gets mixed up in a secret government operation while searching for his missing daughter. Director Robert Rodriguez with start filming in Texas in the autumn; he wrote the script with Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island).
Andre Holland, Chloe Sevigny, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jessica Harper, Francesca Scorsese and David Gordon-Green have joined BONES AND ALL, about a young woman (Taylor Russell) who teams up with a drifter (Timothee Chalamet) on a cross-country odyssey through 1980s America. Mark Rylance costars, while Luca Guadagnino is directing.
Alicia Silverstone is joining Rebel Wilson in SENIOR YEAR, a comedy about a woman who wakes up after a 20-year coma, then returns to high school intending to regain her prom queen status. Costars include Justin Hartley, Angourie Rice, Sam Richardson, Mary Holland, Chris Parnell and Zoe Chao. Alex Hardcastle is directing.
Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are reteaming for an animated feature based on Oscar Wilde's story THE CANTERVILLE GHOST, about an American family that moves into an English castle haunted by a nobleman who killed his wife and was then walled inside and left to die by his wife's brothers. Also in the voice cast are Imelda Staunton, Miranda Hart, Toby Jones and Freddie Highmore.
Khris Davis (Judas and the Black Messiah) will star in a biopic of iconic boxer GEORGE FOREMAN, tracing his stellar career, retirement as a preacher and triumphant comeback at age 45. Sullivan Jones (Halston) will play Muhammad Ali, who famously faced off with Foreman at the Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire. George Tillman Jr is directing.
Gabriel LaBelle will play the teen lead character in THE FABELMANS, Steven Spielberg's coming-of-age film based on his childhood in Arizona. Michelle Williams and Paul Dano are on board as his parents, with Seth Rogen playing his uncle. Spielberg is directing from a script he wrote with Tony Kushner.
Anna Akana (Jupiter's Legacy) is joining ABOUT FATE, a romantic-comedy about two people who are struggling to understand the meaning of love when they're thrown together on a stormy New Year's Eve. The film stars Emma Roberts, Thomas Mann and Lewis Tan. Marius Weisberg is directing from a script by Tiffany Paulsen.
And Japanese-British popstar Rina Sawayama will make her film acting debut alongside Keanu Reeves in JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4. Returning director Chad Stahelski is shooting the film this summer in Japan, France and Germany. There's no word yet on the plot.
Timothee Chalamet has landed the title role in WONKA, a musical prequel to Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The story follows Willy Wonka as he grows up, has various adventures and opens his famous factory. Paul King is directing from a script he wrote with Simon Farnaby.
Gemma Arterton, James Norton and Shazad Latif will star in FREEGARD, based on the true story of a woman who turned the tables on a conman who kidnapped and manipulated countless victims by claiming he was an undercover spy. Directors Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn start filming next week in London.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is lined up for the title role in a KRAVEN THE HUNTER movie, another spin-off set around a Spider-Man villain (see also Venom and Morbius). Kraven is a Russian immigrant determined to prove that he's the world's greatest hunter. JC Chandor is directing from a script by Richard Wenk (The Equalizer).
Kate Hudson is joining Daniel Craig in Rian Johnson's sequel to KNIVES OUT, another all-star murder mystery. Costars so far include Dave Bautista, Janelle Monae, Leslie Odom Jr, Kathryn Hahn and Edward Norton. Filming will take place in Greece this summer.
Mark Rylance is joining Timothee Chalamet and Taylor Russell in BONES & ALL, based on the novel about a young woman travelling cross-country to find the father she has never met, hoping to understand why she has the urge to kill and eat the people she loves. Luca Guadagnino is directing from a script by Dave Kajganich.
Mark Ruffalo has joined Emma Stone in POOR THINGS, a reimagining of Frankenstein in which the monster is a woman revived from suicide brought on by an abusive husband. The film reunites Stone with The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos and screenwriter Tony McNamara.
Charlize Theron will produce a film based on the true story of four intrepid women who band together to surf the world's most dangerous big waves and compete in what is considered to be a male sport. Niki Caro is directing from a script by Becky Johnston, based on a New York Times article.
Debra Messing will star in 13: THE MUSICAL, based on the Broadway show about a 12-year-old (Eli Golden) who moves to New York City from small-town Indiana while preparing for his Bar Mitzvah and coping with his parents' divorce. Tamra Davis is directing; Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown is writing some new songs for the film.
Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan have landed the lead roles in EVIL DEAD RISE, a direct sequel to the original trilogy (rather than the 2013 reboot). They play two estranged sisters whose reunion is interrupted by the now-iconic demons. Lee Cronin is writing directing, with Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell producing.
And screenwriter Anthony McCarten (Darkest Hour) and music producer Scooter Braun are teaming up to make PHANTOM, a music-filled psychological thriller based on the 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera. Set in present-day London's music scene, the film will be a dark romance centred on a destructive relationship.
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