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Jennifer Lawrence is reteaming with writer-director Adam McKay for DON'T LOOK UP, a comedy about two astronomers who go on a media tour to warn mankind that an approaching asteroid might destroy Earth. Filming is set to begin this spring.
Bradley Cooper is apparently being lined up to play Barry Gibb in a musical biopic about the Bee Gees, following the three Australian brothers who formed a band in 1950s London, then hit it even bigger with the disco movement in the 70s. Anthony McCarten is writing the script.
Mahershala Ali will star in SWAN SONG, which is being described as a genre-bending futuristic story about how much people are willing to sacrifice to make life better for their loved ones. Oscar-winning filmmaker Benjamin Cleary (Stutterer) is making his feature directing debut.
Samuel L Jackson will play a retired hitman in a new thriller by directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. Matthew Stone's script centres on a once-trusted assassin who is brought back in to either help his nephew recover lost cash or kill him.
Ruth Wilson and Matt Bomer will star in THE BOOK OF RUTH, based on the true story about a Christian divorcee from Arkansas who became a caregiver and activist for Aids patients in the 1980s. Stage director Michael Arden is making his feature film debut.
Robert Pattinson will reteam with director Claire Denis for THE STARS AT NOON, a dramatic thriller about an English businessman and an American journalist (Margaret Qualley) who meet in 1984 Nicaragua, at the height of the civil war there.
Christoph Waltz and Guy Pearce will star in the adventure comedy THE PORTABLE DOOR, based on the fantasy novels about a young man who becomes an intern at a magical London firm. Jeffrey Walker is directing from a script by Leon Ford.
Rufus Sewell will play Elvis' father Vernon Presley in Baz Luhrmann's musical biopic starring Austin Butler as Elvis, Maggie Gyllenhaal as his mother and Tom Hanks as manager Colonel Tom Parker. The story spans 20 years in the life of the musical icon.
Megan Fox, Emile Hirsch and Bruce Willis will star in MIDNIGHT IN THE SWITCHGRASS, about an FBI agent who teams up with a Florida cop to investigate a series of unsolved murders. First-time director Randall Emmett begins filming next month in Puerto Rico.
Gerard Butler will star in the action thriller REMOTE CONTROL, about a war correspondent who takes a job as a corporate security consultant and uncovers a global conspiracy. Cinematographer John Mathieson is directing from a script by novelist Mark Burnell.
And word has it that Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Ewan McGregor, Ron Perlman and David Bradley will voice characters in Guillermo del Toro's animated PINOCCHIO, which is being shot using performance-capture. Apparently it's a dark take on the fairy tale, set during the rise of fascism in 1930s Italy.
Michael B Jordan is the latest to join David O Russell's next film, which also stars Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and possibly also Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie. Details about the story are being kept under wraps, but filming is set to get underway in April.
Zoe Saldana will star in the drama FENCER, based on the experiences of writer-director Jasmine McGlade. The story follows a young woman battling personal demons and childhood rivals as she seeks a place on the US Olympic fencing team. Casey Affleck is producing.
Meanwhile, Olivia Wilde will direct PERFECT, a biopic about Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug, who came back from a serious injury to win a gold medal at the Atlanta 1996 Games. The script is by Ronnie Sandahl (Borg/McEnroe).
Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott will be back for an ALADDIN sequel, although Guy Ritchie isn't expected to be involved this time. The script is being written by John Gatins (Flight) and Andrew Berloff (Straight Outta Compton).
Thomasin McKenzie, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Keith Carradine, Adam Beach and Frances Conroy are joining the cast of Jane Campion's new drama THE POWER OF THE DOG, which also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons. It's based on the 1967 novel about wealthy brothers in Montana who enter into a vicious feud.
George MacKay and Lili-Rose Depp will star in WOLF, which centres on a young man who enters a facility that specialises in treating people with "species dysphoria". Yes, he believes he's a wolf trapped in a human body. Nathalie Biancheri is writing and directing.
Cheyenne Jackson, Michaela Watkins and Michael Chernus will join Sam Richardson in WEREWOLVES WITHIN, based on the videogame about a mysterious creature picking off people in a small New England town that has been cut off from the world by a blizzard. Josh Ruben is directing.
Jermaine Fowler (Superior Donuts) will star in COCAINE HIPPOS, a comedy adventure based on the true story of the hippos brought to Colombia from Africa by kingpin Pablo Escobar then released into the wild after his death. Jordan Van Dina is writing the script.
British filmmaker Rapman (Blue Story) is directing a US-set remake of the iconic 2009 French drama A PROPHET, about a young thug sent to prison, where he works with his fellow inmates to become a major mafia kingpin. The script is by Dennis Lehane.
And after skipping the last movie, Omar Sy and Jake Johnson will be back for the second JURASSIC WORLD sequel, with again stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, plus original Jurassic Park stars Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum. Colin Trevorrow is also back as director.
Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley and Peter Sarsgaard will star in THE LOST DAUGHTER, about a divorced mother on holiday in Italy, where she meets a family whose behaviour is deeply unsettling. Maggie Gyllenhaal is writing and making her directing debut.
Awkwafina will star in THE BACCARAT MACHINE, the true story of the world's most successful female gambler, Kelly Sun, who teamed up with poker champion Phil Ivey to beat the system. Andy Bellin is writing the script, based on a magazine article.
Cynthia Erivo will produce and star in CARRIER, based on the sci-fi thriller podcast in which she plays a truck driver who accepts a private long-haul assignment to cover for her ill father. But her cargo turns out to be a threat to the planet. Dan Blank is writing and directing.
Charlotte Rampling will play a hard-drinking grandmother opposite Marton Csokas in the black comedy JUNIPER, about a teen (newcomer George Ferrier) who is suspended from school and begins to hang out with his feisty grandma. Matthew Saville is writing and directing.
Laurence Fishburne will join Liam Neeson in THE ICE ROAD, an action-adventure movie about a rescue mission across a frozen ocean in northern Canada to save miners trapped in a collapsed diamond mine. Jonathan Hensleigh is directing.
Bruce Willis will star in COSMIC SIN, a futuristic action thriller about a group of scientists fighting against an alien species that infects people and then takes over their bodies. Corey Large and Edward Drake are writing and directing.
Vanessa Kirby is the latest cast member to return to the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise for the upcoming seventh and eighth episodes. Christopher McQuarrie is writing and directing returning actors Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames, plus Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff.
Missy Elliott, Minnie Driver and John Mulaney have joined the cast of CINDERELLA, Kay Cannon's musical-comedy version of the fairy tale starring Camila Cabello. Also on board are Pierce Brosnan, Billy Porter, Idina Menzel and Nicholas Galitzine.
Zachary Levi and Cole Sprouse will star in UNDERCOVER, a comedy about a has-been rocker who joins a wedding cover band while trying to keep his dodgy past a secret. Director Steve Pink plans to start filming this spring.
And with the success of Knives Out, it's hardly surprising that a remake of CLUE is once again in the works. Ryan Reynolds is set to star in the film, possibly alongside Jason Bateman. James Bobin is lined up to direct from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
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