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Chris Pratt will reteam with his The Tomorrow War costar Sam Richardson for the action comedy STANDARD ASSET. There's no word yet on the plot, but Pratt is also producing the film, while Richardson is writing the script with Jen D'Angelo.
Jodie Turner-Smith and Brian Cox will team up for the political thriller THE INDEPENDENT, about a journalist who teams up with her mentor to uncover a conspiracy that has huge implications on a US presidential election. Amy Rice (By the People) is directing from a Black List script by Evan Parter.
Bryce Dallas Howard will produce and direct a remake of FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR, the 1986 adventure about a young boy who travels eight years into the future and boards an alien ship that has a sharp sense of humour. The new version will feature a young girl in the lead role.
Joely Richardson, Ella Hunt and Faye Marsay are joining the cast of the new film adaptation of LADY CHATTERLY'S LOVER, a dark romance that stars Emma Corrin, Jack O'Connell and Mathew Duckett. Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre is directing from a script by David Magee.
Michael Chiklis will star in THE SENIOR, based on the true story of a 59-year-old man who challenges his university's eligibility rules, proving that he should be allowed to return to his studies, get his degree and rejoin the football team. Rod Lurie is directing.
Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Dan Bucatinsky, Jonathan Del Arco, Steve Kazee, Michael Nouri, Miguel Sandoval and Susan Sullivan will star in THE GROTTO, about a woman who inherits a desert nightclub from her late fiance, then discovers his secret past. Actress Joanna Gleason is making her writing-directing debut.
Georgina Reilly (City on a Hill) and Wilson Bethel (All Rise) will star in the romantic comedy MATCH ME IF YOU CAN, about a computer nerd who goes to war against a dating app that rejects her as unmatchable. Marian Yeager is directing and producing.
Tabu, Ali Fazal, Wamiqa Gabbi and Ashish Vidyarthi will star in KHUFIYA, a spy thriller based on the novel Escape From Nowhere, about a veteran agent trying to track down the mole who is selling India's defence secrets. Vishal Bhardwaj is directing and producing.
Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) will direct and Chris Butler (ParaNorman) will write the stop-motion feature WILDWOOD, based on the novel about a girl in Portland who stumbles into an enchanted realm while trying to find her baby brother, who has been kidnapped by crows.
And Tracy Morgan is joining the cast of the TRIPLETS, the sequel to 1988's comedy Twins. Morgan will be playing a third sibling to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. Ivan Reitman will also be back as director, with the script by Dylan Dawson and Lucas Kavner.
Cynthia Erivo and Andy Serkis are joining Idris Elba in the LUTHER movie, continuing on from Elba's long-running TV series about a detective who goes to obsessive lengths to solve crimes. Director Jamie Payne and writer Neil Cross, who have worked on the series, are also making the film.
Meanwhile, Elba, Justice Smith and Taylour Paige will star in WE ALL DIE YOUNG, about a rapper in his early 20s who has just made it big and is embarking on an epic tour, but is feeling blocked as he tries to create new music. Jake Schreier is directing from a script by Daveed Diggs.
Mahershala Ali is joining Julia Roberts for LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND, a thriller about two families who are forced to team up to survive a long weekend that goes horribly wrong. Sam Esmail (Mr Robot) is writing and directing.
Keegan-Michael Key is joining Timothee Chalamet in WONKA, a musical prequel tracing the life of the eccentric chocolatier before the events in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Paul King is directing; David Heyman is producing.
Andy Garcia has joined the cast of THE EXPENDABLES 4, alongside Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Megan Fox, Dolph Lundgren, Curtis Jackson, Tony Jaa and Randy Couture. Scott Waugh is directing, with production scheduled to begin next month.
Frank Grillo will return for a sixth film in THE PURGE franchise, which will centre on his character from the third and fourth movies, although there's no word yet on the plot. James DeMonaco is back as writer and director.
William Sadler is the latest new cast member in the SALEM'S LOT remake, which also stars Lewis Pullman, Alfre Woodard, Bill Camp, Spencer Treat Clark and Makenzie Leigh. Gary Dauberman is writing and directing.
Marc Maron will voice Lex Luthor in the animated feature DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS, alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, Keanu Reeves, John Krasinski, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna and Vanessa Bayer. It's about the pets of superheroes who team up to fight crime.
Dominic Sherwood (Shadowhunters) is starring in a reboot of ERASER: REBORN, the 1996 action movie about a US Marshal who specialises in protecting witnesses by faking their deaths. Costars include Jacky Lai, McKinley Belcher III and Eddie Ramos. John Pogue (Deep Blue Sea 3) is directing.
Ans as his new film The Starling premieres, writer-director Ted Melfi has been set to produce, write and direct a film adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel UNDERWORLD, a sprawling global political epic centred around an iconic baseball championship-winning home run in 1951.
Sofia Boutella, Gemma Chan, John Malkovich and Hunter Schafer will star in the horror thriller CUCKOO. Details about the premise are being kept under wraps. Tilman Singer (Luz) is writing and directing.
Rosario Dawson and Owen Wilson are joining HAUNTED MANSION, a new adventure movie based on the Disney theme park ride. The film also stars Tiffany Haddish and LaKeith Stanfield. Justin Simien is directing from a script by Katie Dippold. This project is not to be confused with the next month's MUPPET HAUNTED MANSION.
Dustin Hoffman, Derek Jacobi, Eileen Atkins, Sam Neill, Aidan Turner, Brittany Snow and Roger Allam are teaming up for the comedy MR SHAW GOES TO HOLLYWOOD. Set in 1933, it follows playwright George Bernard Shaw as he adapts his play Pygmalion into a movie. Simon Callow is directing from a script by Mark Saltzman.
Nicolas Cage will star in the action Western THE OLD WAY, about a retired gunslinger who now lives a quiet family life running a general store. Then a gang of outlaws turns up causing trouble, and he teams up with his 12-year-old daughter to take them down. Brett Donowho is directing.
Bruce Willis and Michael Rooker will star in CORRECTIVE MEASURES, a sci-fi action movie based on a graphic novel about monsters and supervillains that are incarcerated in the world's most secure penitentiary. Sean Patrick O'Reilly is writing and directing.
Emily Watson, Eddie Marsan and Omari Douglas have joined the cast of MIDAS MAN, a biopic about Brian Epstein (Jacob Fortune-Lloyd), the pioneering music manager behind the Beatles, Cilla Black and Gerry and the Pacemakers. Jonas Akerlund is directing from a script by Jonathan Wakeham.
Jon Heder, Billy Zane, Gina Gershon, Sawyer Williams and John Ratzenberger are starring in in TAPAWINGO, a comedy about a 30-year-old guy who works in a mailroom and lives with his mother. He also forms a team to protect his boss' bullied son. Writer-director Dylan K Narang wrapped filming this week in Virginia.
Ernie Hudson is joining Kate Beckinsale and Brian Cox in PRISONER'S DAUGHTER, a thriller about an ex-con who is trying to reconnect with his daughter and grandson when his violent past catches up with him. Catherine Hardwicke is directing from a script by Mark Bacci.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita will produce BROADWAY RISING, a feature documentary about the bumpy road to reopening of New York's theatre community following the pandemic, including work on-stage, backstage and in related businesses like costume makers and restaurants. Amy Rice is directing.
And the entire cast will be back for ZOEY'S EXTRAORDINARY CHRISTMAS, a feature film follow-up to the series starring Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Andrew Leeds, Alice Lee, Mary Steenburgen, Peter Gallagher and Bernadette Peters. Richard Shepard is directing.
Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Al Pacino and Danny DeVito will star in SNIFF, a noir-style mystery about a retired detective who stumbles into a conspiracy involving sex, drugs and murder in his retirement community. Taylor Hackford is directing from a script by Tom Grey.
Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton will star in THE MASTER GARDENER, the next film by writer-director Paul Schrader. It's about a horticulturalist working on the expansive grounds of a manor house, when his wealthy boss asks him to take on her troubled grand-niece as his apprentice.
Alfre Woodard is joining the cast of the new adaptation of Stephen King's SALEM'S LOT, about an author (Lewis Pullman) who returns to his childhood hometown and discovers that it's being overrun by vampires. Costars include Spencer Treat Clark, Bill Camp and Makenzie Leigh. Gary Dauberman is writing and directing.
Maika Monroe and Jake Lacey will star in the thriller SIGNIFICANT OTHER. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but word has it that there's a science-fiction element to the story. Dan Berk and Robert Olson are writing and directing.
Maria Balakova, Pico Alexander, Asim Chaudhry and Lucas Bravo will star in the romantic comedy THE HONEYMOON, about an English guy whose needy best friend crashes his dream honeymoon with his American bride. Writer-director Dean Craig is currently shooting the film in Italy.
Lashana Lynch is joining Viola Davis and Thuso Mbedu in THE WOMAN KING, a historical epic based on the true story of the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful nations in Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. Gina Prince-Bythewood is directing.
Darren Criss will play the caretaker in MUPPETS HAUNTED MANSION, a Halloween-themed comedy in which Gonzo is dared to spend one night in a scary house. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Scooter and the gang are all on board. Kirk Thatcher is directing.
Judith Light and Rob Yang have joined the cast of THE MENU, Mark Mylod's dark comedy about a young couple (Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) who travels to an exclusive restaurant run by an eccentric chef (Ralph Fiennes) on a remote island. Janet McTeer, Hong Chau and John Leguizamo costar.
Asian stars Rina Takeda, Goo Joon-hee, Desmond Tan, Rebecca Lim, Kevin Leslie and Wiyona Yeung will star in CHUNGKING MANSIONS, an action thriller about a group of people climbing the iconic building as zombies overrun Hong Kong. Bizhan Tong is directing.
Nick Cassavetes will direct COUTURE, a drama about a high-fashion designer who steps back from her empire to take care of her teen daughter, who is struggling with mental illness. Cassavetes is also writing the script with Sean Glover.
And Gavin O'Connor will return to direct a sequel to the mob thriller THE ACCOUNTANT, focussing on the brothers played by Ben Affleck and Jon Bernthal. He says there are also plans for a third film. No word yet if Anna Kendrick, JK Simmons, John Lithgow and Cynthia Addai-Robinson will be back as well.
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