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Elizabeth Banks will produce and star in QUEEN FOR A DAY, which tells the true story of a 1986 promotional contest in which a Wyoming hotel maid won the privilege of hosting the premiere of Purple Rain in her home town, followed by a concert by Prince and the Revolution.
Tessa Thompson is joining the voice cast of Disney's live-action remake of LADY AND THE TRAMP, along with Justin Theroux, Ashley Jenson, Benedict Wong and Kiersey Clemons. It's about a pampered cocker spaniel who has an adventure with a street mutt. Charlie Bean is directing.
Laura Dern, Timothee Chalamet and James Norton are set to join the cast of Greta Gerwig's new film version of the classic novel LITTLE WOMEN, which stars Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Stone, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen. Gerwig is both writing and directing.
Anthony Mackie is being lined up to join Amy Adams and Julianne Moore in THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, based on the novel about a Manhattan recluse who witnesses a shocking event from her apartment. Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell and Brian Tyree Henry costar; Joe Wright is directing.
Nick Jonas, Aaron Eckhart, Dennis Quaid, Ed Skrein and Tadanobu Asano have joined the growing cast of Roland Emmerich's epic about the pivotal WWII battle of MIDWAY. Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Woody Harrelson and Mandy Moore are already on board the film, which starts shooting next week.
Jesse Plemons will join Keri Russell in the horror thriller ANTLERS, about a teacher who takes an interest in a withdrawn student who turns out to have a dangerous secret. Scott Cooper is directing from a script by Nick Antosca and Henry Chaisson. Guillermo Del Toro is producing.
Melanie Laurent and Payman Moaadi are joining the cast of 6 UNDERGROUND, Michael Bay's action thriller starring Ryan Reynolds as leader of a team taking on some sort of menace. Costars include Dave Franco, Corey Hawkins, Ben Hardy, Adria Arjona and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo.
Ron Perlman, Michael Pitt, William Forsythe and Mark Boone Jr will star in RUN WITH THE HUNTED, a drama about a man trying to locate his childhood best friend, who once saved his life by killing someone then ran away. John Swab is writing and directing.
Jordana Brewster, Jesse Williams and Niamh Wilson will star in RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE, based on the graphic novel about a Toronto comic book creator who takes an epic road trip to New York with his friends. Jay Baruchel is costarring, writing and directing.
And Eric Bogosian will star opposite Adam Sandler in UNCUT GEMS, about a high-end New York jeweller whose life is thrown into chaos when some of his most valuable merchandise is stolen. Josh and Ben Safdie are writing and directing.
Idris Elba will star in GHETTO COWBOY, based on the novel about a man in urban Philadelphia who takes in his estranged 15-year-old son, who finds peace through horseback riding. Ricky Straub is making his directing debut.
Gal Gadot has joined the voice cast of RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, the Wreck-It Ralph sequel, which hits cinemas this autumn. She'll play a racer called Shank. John C Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Ed O'Neill and Alan Tudyk are all back.
Hilary Swank will star in FATALE, which is somewhat obviously a noir thriller. It's about a police detective who seduces a married man into committing a murder. Deon Taylor is directing from a script by David Loughery.
Priyanka Chopra is returning home to India to star in THE SKY IS PINK, alongside Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim. Directed by Shonali Bose, the film is a biopic about motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary, who died at age 18 in 2015.
Benicio Del Toro will star in WHITE LIES, about a man who realises he is repeating the pattern of his parents' broken marriage as he deals with his own troubled son. What follows is a journey of discovery. Oliver Stone is writing and directing.
Ben Schwartz, Adam Pally and Neil McDonough have joined the cast of the SONIC THE HEDGEHOG movie, which also stars James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter and Natasha Rothwell. Based on the videogame, the film follows the hedgehog's battle against the evil Dr Robotnik. Director Jeff Fowler is filming in Vancouver.
Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei-Pei and Nelson Lee have joined the cast of Disney's live-action remake of MULAN, which stars Yifei Liu as a young woman who disguises herself as a man and becomes a great warrior. Costars include Jet Li, Gong Li, Donnie Yen and Jason Scott Lee. Director Niki Caro is currently filming in New Zealand and China.
Adrienne Barbeau, Allison McAtee, PJ Marshall and Rachel McKeon have joined the cast of the horror film UNEARTH, which is currently shooting in Pennsylvania. Marc Blucas, Monica Wyche and Brooke Sorenson costar in the film, which is about a feud between neighbours regarding fracking, which awakens something underground.
Christian Cooke is joining the cast of the POINT BLANK remake, about a nurse (Anthony Mackie) and a murder suspect (Frank Grillo) who take on both gangsters and corrupt cops as they try to rescue the nurse's kidnapped wife. Marcia Gay Harden costars.
And Peter Weller may be back for ROBOCOP RETURNS, a direct sequel to the 1987 original in which he played a policeman rebuilt with mechanical parts. Neil Blomkamp is directing from a script that's based on original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner's screenplay for part 2, which was never filmed.
Brie Larson is set to reunite with Short Term 12 filmmaker Destin Cretton for JUST MERCY, based on the true story of a young lawyer (Michael B Jordan) trying to get justice in a flawed legal system. Jamie Foxx costars in the film, which starts shooting next month in Atlanta.
Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga will star in PASSING, based on the 1929 novel about two childhood friends who grow up together in Harlem. The story deals with the idea of a person passing between two racial groups. Rebecca Hall is making her directing debut.
Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain will star in THE GOOD NURSE, a thriller based on the true story of Charlie Cullen, a nurse who turned out to be a prolific serial killer. He was eventually caught by a colleague. Tobias Lindholm is directing from a script by Krysty Wilson-Cairns.
Jennifer Lopez will star in HUSTLERS, based on a magazine article about a real-life group of former strippers who team up to steal large sums of money from their wealthy Wall Street clients. Lorene Scafaria is writing and directing.
Don Cheadle and Lil Rey Howery are joining Kevin Hart in BLACK STALLIONS, a comedy about two brothers who become rivals as jockeys on the horse-racing circuit. The script is by Jay Longino (Uncle Drew).
Patrick Wilson is joining Luke Evans and Woody Harrelson in MIDWAY, Roland Emmerich's action epic about the pivotal WWII battle on the eponymous Pacific island. After that, Wilson will join IN THE TALL GRASS, a wheatfield freakout starring James Marsden. It's based on a Stephen King novella, with Vincenzo Natali directing.
Guy Pearce is joining Vin Diesel in BLOODSHOT, about a soldier who is brought back from a fatal injury by billions of nanobots, which give him various superpowers. Costars include Toby Kebbell, Sam Heughan and Talulah Riley. Dave Wilson is directing.
Bruce Dern and Brian Cox will star in the romantic-comedy REMEMBER ME, about a widower who pretends to have Alzheimer's so he can be in the same nursing home as the love of his life (Caroline Silhol), who has no one else watching out for her. Martin Rosete is directing.
Sherilyn Fenn will play silent film star Alla Nazimova in SILENT LIFE, a biopic about Rudolph Valentino. Isabella Rossellini, Franco Nero, Paul Rodriguez and Terry Moore costar. Vladislav Kozlov stars as Valentino and is also directing the film. Filming is underway in Hollywood.
And Samuel L Jackson and Coby Smulders are confirmed to reprise their Marvel roles in SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, starring Tom Holland. The Europe-set story apparently takes place after the events of Infinity War. Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton and Zendaya costar; Jon Watts is back as director.
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