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David Oyelowo will play American boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson in the biopic SWEET THUNDER, a passion project the actor is also writing and producing. Robinson is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time and lived a notoriously lavish lifestyle.
Javier Bardem, Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow and Nathan Lane are joining the vocal cast of SPELLBOUND, an animated musical about a princess (Rachel Zegler) who sets out on a quest to save her kingdom after a curse transforms everyone into monsters. Vicky Jensen is directing, and Alan Menken is composing the songs.
Zoe Kravitz will star in and produce THE SUNDANCE KID MIGHT HAVE SOME REGRETS, based on the story of twins who embark on a bank robbing spree that goes awry. The twist is that one of the twins has supernatural powers, and the other begins to doubt their life of crime.
Sebastian Stan, Renate Reinsve and Adam Pearson will star in the psychological thriller A DIFFERENT MAN, about an outcast who has facial reconstructive surgery as he seeks to start a fresh life. Then he becomes obsessed with the actor who is playing him in a stage production based on his previous experiences. Aaron Schimberg is writing and directing.
Jamie Lee Curtis is developing and will possibly star in PARADISE, based on firsthand accounts of California's deadly Camp Fire in 2018. The film will include the story of a teacher and a driver who worked together to navigate a bus fill of children to safety through the fire.
Kevin Costner has announced that his next project HORIZON will actually be a four-film cycle of epic interconnected Westerns. There are 170 speaking roles in the saga, which spans 15 years during the settlement of North America's western frontier, including both explorers and indigenous groups. Filming starts in August.
Liana Liberato, Jack Champion, Devyn Nekoda and Josh Segarra are joining the sixth SCREAM movie, alongside returning cast members Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega and Hayden Panettiere, plus Dermot Mulroney. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are also back as directors.
KJ Apa will star in ONE FAST MOVE, a romantic drama about a disgraced soldier who reaches out to his estranged father to help him become a motorcycle racer. Meanwhile, he falls for a small-town singer. Writer-director Kelly Blatz starts filming next week in Atlanta.
Paris Hilton, Finneas O'Connell, Lauren Sanchez, Gayle King and Sandra Seacat have joined the eclectic cast of THE TRAINER, a comedy about a sleep-deprived fitness expert (Vito Schnabel) who takes a wild leap to achieve the American dream. Costars include Taylour Paige, Gina Gershon, Lenny Kravitz, John McEnroe, Gavin Rossdale, Laird Hamilton and Gus Van Sant. Tony Kaye is directing.
And Nia Vardalos is starring in, writing and directing a third MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING movie, following on from the 2002 comedy and its 2016 sequel. This time, Vardalos and John Corbett are parents of the bride. There's no word yet on whether Elena Kampouris will be back as their daughter, or Alex Wolff as her boyfriend. Filming is underway in Athens.
Nicole Kidman will star in HOLLAND, MICHIGAN, a Hitchcockian-style thriller about a woman who embarks on an affair while investigating whether her husband has been unfaithful. But he actually has a secret life. Mimi Cave is directing from the Black List script by Andrew Sodroski.
Zac Efron will star in writer-director Sean Durkin's next film THE IRON CLAW. It's a biopic recounting the true story of the Von Erich family, whose dynasty of wrestlers has had a major presence in the sport since the 1960s.
Gabrielle Union, Dennis Quaid, Lucy Liu and Jaboukie Young-White are joining Jake Gyllenhaal in the vocal cast of the animated action-adventure film STRANGE WORLD, about a family of explorers whose differences threaten to jeopardise an important mission.
Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law are still likely to make a third SHERLOCK HOLMES movie. The project was ready to roll when it was derailed by the pandemic, but director Dexter Fletcher says it is still in the works. The first two films were released in 2009 and 2011.
Lucy Hale and Keir Gilchrist will star in MORT IN SHERMAN OAKS, a romance set in a near-future Los Angeles where people know their death dates and use dating apps to match with people using them. Costars include Jim Gaffigan, Francesca Eastwood, Jay Pharoah and Rhys Coiro. Daniel Andre is directing.
Lacey Chabert and Ektor Rivera will star in GROUNDSWELL, a romance based on the novel about an Atlanta chef who travels to Hawaii to recover from a setback in her life. There she meets a handsome surfing instructor. Lee Friedlander is directing.
Anna Baryshnikov (Dickinson) will join Kristen Stewart in LOVE LIES BLEEDING, a romantic thriller set in the ego-fuelled world of bodybuilding. Rose Glass is directing, and cowrote the script with Veronika Tofilska.
Following on from Aladdin, Guy Ritchie will direct a live-action remake of Disney's 1997 animated musical based on the Greek myth of HERCULES. The script is by Dave Callaham, while Joe and Anthony Russo are producing.
Plans are afoot to produce three animated feature films in the AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER franchise, with the first set to be directed by Lauren Montgomery. These will continue the story from the acclaimed TV series about people who can manipulate earth, wind, fire and water.
And screenwriters Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman (Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension) are working on a new horror movie that's based on a series of TikTok videos. The plot is being kept under wraps. Meanwhile, the writers have three other films in production: Chad Stahelski's CLASSIFIED, Corin Hardy's EVERY HOUSE IS HAUNTED and Andre Ovredal's TAROT.
Denzel Washington and Elle Fanning will reunite on-screen nearly two decades after Man on Fire for THE EQUALIZER 3, which is once again being directed by Antoine Fuqua. It's the continuing story of a former Marine who violently confronts criminals. The script is by Richard Wenk.
Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron will reunite alongside Joey King for a romantic comedy that centres on the complications of unexpected love between a mother and daughter and a movie star. Richard LaGravenese is directing and writing the script with Carrie Solomon.
Melissa McCarthy, Hugh Grant, Amy Schumer, James Marsden, Christian Slater, Jim Gaffigan, Max Greenfield, Jack McBrayer and Tom Lennon will star in UNFROSTED: THE POP TART STORY, a comedy about the race between Kellogg's and Post to be the first to market a breakfast pastry in 1963. Jerry Seinfeld is writing, directing and starring in the film.
Tom Hardy will be back for a third VENOM movie, once again based on a story he came up with alongside screenwriter Kelly Marcel. There's no word on the plot, or whether director Andy Serkis and other cast members will return as well.
Miranda Otto, Brian Cox, Lorraine Ashbourne, Luke Pasqualino and Gaia Wise will voice characters in THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE WAR OF THE ROHIRRIM, an animated feature set 183 years before Tolkein's trilogy (Otto is reprising her character Eowyn from the films). This story follows King Helm as he takes a stand against a brutal enemy. Anime maestro Kenji Kamiyama is directing.
Nick Jonas and Glen Powell will reteam for the buddy comedy FOREIGN RELATIONS. The duo previously starred as roommates having a bromance in Scream Queens. Kat Coiro is directing the film from a script by Charlie Kesslering. Elizabeth Banks is producing.
Billy Bob Thornton is joining the cast of the thriller ROLE PLAY, alongside Kaley Cuoco and David Oyelowo. It's about a married couple whose happy life is upended when a mysterious stranger discovers their deepest secrets. Director Thomas Vincent starts filming in Berlin next month.
Pamela Adlon and Ilana Glazer will star in a comedy about a young woman who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand, but wants to remain single so turns to her married best friend for support. Adlon is also directing the film from a script written by Glazer and Josh Rabinowitz. Filming starts next month in New York City.
Josh Andres Rivera will reteam with West Side Story costar Rachel Zegler in THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES, the decades-earlier Hunger Games prequel about a poor girl who is mentored in the games by a young Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth). Francis Lawrence is returning as director.
And Taika Waititi has announced that the STAR WARS movie he is planning to write and direct will be set apart from the existing films and TV series. His intention is to expand the universe, using all-new characters rather than include things like "Chewbacca's grandmother".
Lady Gaga is being lined up to play Harley Quinn opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the JOKER sequel, which is reportedly going to be a musical. Todd Phillips is returning as director, and has written the script with Scott Silver.
Uma Thurman and Henry Golding are joining Charlize Theron in THE OLD GUARD sequel, about a group of immortals trying to help people while also battling each other. Also returning are Chiwetel Ejiofor, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli and Veronica Ngo. Victoria Mahoney is directing.
Ben Whishaw will be back as the loveable bear in PADDINGTON IN PERU, the second sequel to the British hit adventure comedy. And it's likely that Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and others will be back as well. Advert director Dougal Wilson is making his feature debut.
Emile Hirsch will star in THE ENGINEER, an action movie that reteams him with The Gemini Lounge actor-director Danny Abeckaser. It's based on the true story of the manhunt to find the bomb-maker who led an army of suicidal terrorists in 1990s Israel. Angel Bonanni and Omer Hazan costar.
Nico Santos is the latest new cast member in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 3, which director James Gunn has just moved into post-production. The film again stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Debicki and Sylvester Stallone, plus Will Poulter, Maria Bakalova, Daniela Melchior and Chuk Iwuji.
Rising star Mason Thames (The Black Phone) will star in INCOMING, a comedy about four high school freshmen navigating their first-ever teen party. Dave and John Chernin (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) are writing and directing. Nicholas Stoller is producing.
Chase Stokes (Outer Banks) has landed the lead role in MUSIC GOT ME HERE, the next film by Gurinder Chadha. It's based on the true story of a high school teacher in small-town America who is convinced to offer music therapy to a former student who is left comatose after an accident. The script is by Irwin Winkler and Jose Ruisanchez.
Gino Anania (Skymed), Megan Best (Seance), Alec Carlos (Orphan: First Kill), Nazariy Demkowicz, Verity Marks, Madison MacIsaac and Samantha Halas will star in the supernatural horror film ELEVATOR GAME, based on the online phenomenon in which people try to access a parallel dimension by following a set of rules in a lift. Rebekah McKendry is directing.
Justin Lin will direct a live-action film of the Japanese manga ONE PUNCH MAN, which has been adapted as an anime series and a videogame. It's about a superhero who can defeat any attacker with a single blow, but he gets bored and continually seeks bigger challenges. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner (Venom) are writing the script.
And work is underway on DRUDGE, a biopic about influential reporter Matt Drudge, who changed journalism forever in the 1990s when he broke the story of Bill Clinton's infidelity with Monica Lewinsky from his desktop computer. The Black List script is by Cody Brotter.
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