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Robert Pattinson is being lined up to play THE BATMAN in the stand-alone origin movie about the vigilante superhero. Matt Reeves is writing and directing the film, which is of course shrouded in secrecy.
Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones are teaming up for THE COMEBACK TRAIL, an action comedy about a filmmaker who intends to pay off a mob debt by casting a suicidal has-been actor in his low-rent Western and then "accidentally" killing him. George Gallo is directing.
Rami Malek is joining Denzel Washington in LITTLE THINGS, about a by-the-book young detective who teams up with a loose-playing veteran sheriff to find a serial killer. John Lee Hancock is writing and directing.
Annette Bening and Michelle Pfeiffer will star in the psychological thriller TURN OF MIND, based on the novel about a retired doctor with Alzheimer's, who in lucid moments is trying to work out if she committed a murder. Gideon Raff is directing.
Emma Thompson is lined up to join Emma Stone in CRUELLA, the live-action spin-off from 101 Dalmatians, recounting the origins of the villainous Cruella de Vil. The plot is under wraps. Craig Gillespie is directing from a script by Tony McNamara.
Josh Gad will lead a reboot of the HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS franchise, as a scientist father who accidentally shrinks his son and daughter to the size of peas. Apparently, this will be set up as a sequel, with Gad playing the now-grown son of the original scientist (Rick Moranis).
Michael Shannon will star in SWING, a romantic drama about a group of university rowers whose lives are changed by the arrival of a new coach who's a Vietnam veteran. Howard Deutch is directing from a script by Vojin Gjaja.
Juliette Binoche will team up with Ethan Hawke for CAMINO REAL, based on the Tennessee Williams play about people living a surreal life in an isolated town in the tropics. Hawke is also directing the film, which will be shot in Brazil.
Russell Crowe will star in the thriller UNHINGED, about a series of terrifying events that spiral out of control after a woman inadvertently honks her car horn at the wrong guy. Derrick Borte is directing from a script by Carl Ellsworth.
Anthony Hopkins, Abbie Cornish and Anson Mount will star in the thriller THE VIRTUOSO, about a hitman who has to kill someone to get out of debt with his mentor. But all he knows is where and when to find his mark, not who it is. Nick Stagliano is directing.
Shia LaBeouf and Mel Gibson are teaming up for ROTHCHILD, a black comedy about a guy who sets out to get rid of the nine heirs who stand between him and his evil grandfather's fortune. Jon S Baird is directing.
And Simon Pegg will star in BECKY, an action thriller about an escaped convict who takes refuge in a holiday home on an isolated lake, but underestimated the 13-year-old girl (Lulu Wilson) who lives there. Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion are directing.
Kate Winslet and Mackenzie Foy are lined up to star in a new film based on the classic novel BLACK BEAUTY, about a teen girl whose wild horse helps her overcome the death of her parents. Ashley Avis is writing and directing.
Colin Firth will star in the WWII thriller OPERATION MINCEMEAT, based on the true story of two intelligence officers who concoct an imaginative disinformation strategy to to distract the Nazis from an Allied invasion. John Madden is directing from a script by Michelle Ashford.
Chris Rock and Stanley Tucci are joining Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer in the fantasy adventure THE WITCHES, Robert Zemeckis' new adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel about a young orphan boy (Jahzir Kadeem Bruno) who stumbles across a secret gathering of witches.
Emilia Clarke will play the 19th century poet Elizabeth Barrett in the biopic LET ME COUNT THE WAYS. The film recounts the romance between Barrett and playwright Robert Browning. Bjorn Runge is directing from a script by Paula Milne.
Jason Momoa is set to appear in a remake of the 1993 action thriller CLIFFHANGER, this time centring on a female mountain-climber who is forced by criminals to retrieve a stolen loot that was dropped from a plane over the mountains. Ana Lily Amirpour is directing.
Andrew Garfield will star in INSTRUMENTAL, a biopic about concert pianist James Rhodes, recounting how music saved his life after a childhood of sexual abuse, eating disorders and spinal damage. James Marsh is directing.
Benicio Del Toro is lined up to play the villain in THE SUICIDE SQUAD, James Gunn's sequel/reboot, which again stars Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney and Joel Kinnaman, plus Idris Elba,Michael Rooker and David Dastmalchian.
Chris Pine will star in VIOLENCE OF ACTION, a thriller about a former marine who joins a paramilitary agency to support his family, then winds up on a black ops mission that goes wrong in Eastern Europe. Tarik Saleh is directing.
Mark Wahlberg and Jason Isaacs have joined the cast of SCOOB, the animated mystery that teams the Scooby-Doo team with other Hanna-Barbera characters. Also on board are Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Gina Rodriguez, Will Forte, Tracy Morgan and Ken Jeong.
And Mel Gibson will play a violent Santa in FATMAN, a blackly comical action thriller about a precocious 12-year-old who hires a hitman to kill Santa Claus after he only gets a lump of coal for Christmas. Ian and Eshom Nelms are writing and directing.
Chadwick Boseman has landed the title role in YASUKE, based on the true story of a Mozambican taken to Japan as a slave in the 16th century. The first recorded black man in the country, he goes on to become a samurai warrior. Doug Miro (Narcos) is writing the script.
Elisabeth Moss and Benedict Cumberbatch are set to star in THE POWER OF THE DOG, Jane Campion's adaptation of the novel about two wealthy brothers who own a giant Montana ranch and fall into a feud over a woman and her son.
Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges and Tracy Letts will star in FRENCH EXIT, a surreal comedy based on the novel about a penniless Manhattan socialite, her aimless son and the family cat, which is occupied by the soul of her late husband.
Tiffany Haddish and Chris Hemsworth will team up for DOWN UNDER COVER, a buddy comedy about a pair of detectives who go undercover to catch a group of Australian male strippers who are suspected of robbing casinos.
Rachel McAdams is reteaming with Will Ferrell and director David Dobkin for the comedy EUROVISION, which is set around Europe's epic annual song contest. Presumably they'll be shooting footage at the actual event next week.
Uma Thurman and Travis Fimmel will star in TAU CETI 4, set on the fourth planet in a solar system where a band of strangers turn up and begin killing the oligarchs and military thugs who keep the people under control. John McTiernan is writing and directing.
Jamie Bell will star in the 1940-set thriller DYNAMITE ROOM, based on the novel about a German soldier who invades rural England on a specific, mysterious mission. Olly Blackburn is directing from a script by playwright EV Crowe.
Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley will star in the political action thriller LONG GONE HEROES, about a mercenary in hiding who returns to action to find a combat reporter who has gone missing. Santiago Manes Moreno is directing.
Rosa Salazar and Henry Winkler are joining the cast of PINK SKIES AHEAD, about a young woman dealing with an anxiety disorder that forces her to drop out of school and move home. The film stars Jessica Barden, Lewis Pullman and Devon Bostick. Kelly Oxford is writing and directing.
And Roland Emmerich is planning the action sci-fi epic MOONFALL, about a random team of people trying to save mankind after something knocks the moon out of its orbit. Emmerich will produce, direct and cowrite the script.
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