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  3. VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE
  4. – THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2
  5. > THE LAST DUEL
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JK Simmons and Jacob Scipio will join Leslie Grace in the new BATGIRL movie. Simmons will reprise his Justice League role as Commissioner Gordon, whose daughter becomes the eponymous crime fighter. The film reunites Scipio with Bad Boys for Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.


Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Aml Ameen, CCH Pounder, Bill Irwin and Michael Potts have joined the cast of RUSTIN, a biopic about gay rights activist Bayard Rustin (Colman Domingo), who organised the historic 1963 March on Washington. Costars include Chris Rock, Audra McDonald and Glynn Turman. George C Wolfe is directing.
Tony Goldwyn and Paul Ben-Victor are joining Gerard Butler in THE PLANE, an action thriller about an ex-special forces officer who works as a corporate fixer, then has to survive after crash landing in hostile territory. Costars include Mike Colter, Daniella Pineda and Kelly Gale. Jean-Francois Richet is directing.
Saffron Burrows, Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Ruby Parker, Freya Allan and Julika Jenkins will star in BAGHEAD, a feature adaptation of the short film about a tiny person who can bring the dead back to life for brief periods of time. Alberto Corredor is back as director.
Danny DeVito is joining the cast of the new HAUNTED MANSION movie, which stars LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson and Rosario Dawson. Justin Simien is filming in New Orleans. The script is by Kate Dippold.
Jensen Ackles (The Boys) is joining the cast of RUST, a Western about an infamous outlaw (Alec Baldwin) who travels to Kansas to break his 13-year-old grandson (Brady Noon) out of prison. Costars include Frances Fisher and Travis Fimmel. Joel Souza is directing.
JD Pardo (Mayans MC) is joining the cast of HYPNOTIC, Robert Rodriguez's action thriller starring Ben Affleck, Alice Braga, William Gichtner and Dayo Okeniyi. It's about a detective who connects his missing daughter to a government conspiracy. Filming is underway in Texas.
Lamar Johnson (The Hate U Give), Marsha Stephanie Blake (When They See Us), Aaron Pierre (The Underground Railroad) and Kiana Madeira (Fear Street) will star in the drama BROTHER, set in Toronto's early hip-hop scene as two brothers come of age. Clement Virgo is writing and directing.
Michael Matthews (Love & Monsters) will direct MERLIN, based on the series of novels about early life of King Arthur's wizard mentor. The film was originally set up with Ridley Scott directing, but his schedule forced him to drop out. The script is by Chris Weitz.
And Lynda Carter will appear in the third WONDER WOMAN movie, which is currently in the planning stage. There's no other information, other than that the film will once again star Gal Gadot and be written and directed by Patty Jenkins.

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Jennifer Lawrence is teaming up with director Gene Stupnitsky (Bad Teacher) for NO HARD FEELINGS, a raunchy coming-of-age comedy set in New York suburb Montauk. Stupnitsky is writing the script with John Phillips, and plans to shoot the film next summer on location.


Rachel Weisz will star in SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON, based on the 1961 novel about a psychic who convinces her husband to kidnap a child so she can help the police solve the crime. Thomas Alfredson is directing. The book was previously adapted into a film in 1964.
Millicent Simmonds and Rachel Brosnahan will star in HELEN & TEACHER, a new biopic about the deaf-blind author Helen Keller and her interpreter-instructor Anne Sullivan. Wash Westmoreland is directing from a script he wrote with Laetitia Mikles.
Paul Bettany, Carmen Ejogo, Cary Elwes and Candice Bergen will star in HARVEST MOON, about a young boy who plots to reunite his parents when the pandemic lockdown hits. Mark Waters is directing from a script by Bettany and Dana Brown.
Michael Shannon will star in McCARTHY, a biopic about notorious US Senator Joseph McCarthy, who rose to power during the early days of the Cold War and launched a vicious anti-communist witch hunt. Costars include Emilia Clarke, Dane DeHaan and Scoot McNairy. Vaclav Marhoul (The Painted Bird) is directing.
Anthony Hopkins is joining the cast of ARMAGEDDON TIME, a coming-of-age story set in 1970s New York. Costars include Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong and Ryan Sell. The story is based on the experiences of writer-director James Gray.
Tommy Lee Jones will star opposite Jamie Foxx in THE BURIAL, replacing the previously announced Harrison Ford, who had to drop out of the project. It's based on a magazine article about a bankrupt funeral home owner who hires a flashy lawyer to sue a rival businessman. Maggie Betts is directing.
Isabella Rossellini, Geraldine Viswanathan, Hope Davis, Michael Gandolfini, Fred Melamed and Liza Koshy are joining the cast of CAT PERSON, a psychological thriller about a university student (Emilia Jones) who starts a relationship at work with a 34-year-old man (Nicholas Braun). Susanna Fogel is directing.
Mary Stuart Masterson, Rob Corddry, Corey Knight and Terayle are joining Michael Chiklis in THE SENIOR, based on the true story of a man who returns to university 37 years after being kicked out, and discovers he's eligible to try out for the football team. Rod Lurie is directing from a script by Bob Eisele.
And get ready for a EUROSTAR movie. Ben Ripley (Source Code) has written a script for a ticking-timebomb action thriller set on the train that runs between London and Paris. The plot is under wraps, but it's being described as an Inception-style movie. Alex Heineman and Andrew Rona (Gunpowder Milkshake) are producing.

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Jake Gyllenhaal may team up with Guy Ritchie for a new film, although no one's saying anything about it. Apparently it will be an action thriller cut from the same cloth as Ritchie's latest movies The Gentlemen and Wrath of Man.


Samara Weaving, Bill Skarsgard and Yayan Ruhian will star in the action fantasy BOY KILLS WORLD, about a deaf-mute man who, after his family is murdered, escapes to the jungle where he's trained by a shaman to become a killer. Moritz Mohr is directing.
Anthony Hopkins has joined the cast of THE SON, Florian Zeller's followup to The Father. Also in the cast are Hugh Jackman, Vanessa Kirby, Laura Dean and Zen McGrath. It's about a man whose life with a new wife and child is interrupted by the arrival of his ex and their teen son. Once again, Zeller is adapting his stage play with Christopher Hampton.
Frankie Faison, Tosin Cole, Sean Patrick Thomas and Roger Guenveur Smith are joining the cast of TILL, the true story of 14-year-old Emmett Till (Jalyn Hall), whose murder ignited the civil rights movement. Costars include Whoopi Goldberg and Danielle Deadwyler. Chinonye Chukwu is directing.
Eva Longoria, Eugenio Derbez and Kevin Alejandro are joining ARISTOTLE AND DANTE, which stars Max Pelayo and Reese Gonzales as two teen friends who change each others' lives in the summer of 1987. Aitch Saenz is writing and directing.
Lukas Gage (The White Lotus) has joined the cast of MIDAS MAN, Jonas Akerlund's biopic about Brian Epstein (Jacob Fortune-Lloyd), the manager who discovered the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilla Black. Costars include Emily Watson, Eddie Marsan, Charley Palmer Rothwell and Jordan Kelly.
Iqbal Theba (Glee) will star in LAND OF GOLD, about a Punjabi trucker who finds a young undocumented girl while driving across America, then helps her get home. Writer-director Nardeep Khurmi is currently filming in Oklahoma.
Georgina Campbell, Nick Blood and Wai Ching Ho will star in LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP, a psychological horror about a ranger travelling through a dangerous wilderness, seeking answers to a lifelong tragedy. Teresa Sutherland is writing and directing.
Deborah S Craig (The Blacklist) has joined the cast of the romantic comedy MEET CUTE, which stars Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson in a story about the possibility of travelling into the past to get rid of your partner's baggage. Alex Lehmann is directing from a script by Noga Pnueli.
And David Gordon Green will direct a movie about Walt Disney's dream to build his first theme park Disneyland and make it "the happiest place on Earth". Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty and the Beast) is writing the script. Disneyland opened in 1955.

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Colman Domingo, Audra McDonald, Chris Rock and Glynn Turman will star in RUSTIN, a biopic about the activist who fought for both civil rights and gay equality, organising such iconic marches on Washington as Martin Luther King Jr's 1968 event. George C Wolfe is directing from a script he wrote with Dustin Lance Black. Michelle and Barack Obama are producing.


Kristen Stewart and Steven Yeun will team up to make a science-fiction project that's being described as a love story between "a satellite and a buoy". There's no more information about the film at the moment.
Jake Gylenlhaal is teaming up with director Sam Hargrave (Extraction) to make PROPHET, an adaptation of the comic book about a man who develops superhuman strength when Germans experiment on him during WWII. Marc Guggenheim is writing the script.
Ming-Na Wen and Missy Pyle have joined the cast of GLITTER & DOOM, a musical set to the songs of the Indigo Girls. Currently filming in Mexico City with costars Alex Diaz, Alan Cammish, Lee DeLaria, Tig Notaro and director Tom Gustafson, it's about a musician who falls in love at first sight.
Liana Liberato, Rumer Willis, Richard Kind and Jordan Rodrigues will star in LEFT WITH ONLY RAIN, a thriller about a young woman who decides to rebuild her dance career after a bad breakup. Then she begins stalking her ex and his pregnant new girlfriend. Todd Bogin is writing and directing.
Luke Kirby, Elizabeth Reaser and Jeremy Davies will star in the horror thriller DARK HARVEST, based on the award-winning novel set in a small town that faces a supernatural force every autumn in s life-or-death ritual. David Slade is directing.
Jamie Clayton (Sense8) will play Pinhead in the new HELLRAISER movie, alongside Goran Visnjic, Hiam Abbas, Odessa A'zion, Drew Starkey, Brandon Flynn and Aoife Hinds. David Bruckner is directing the film, with creator Clive Barker producing.
Adam Shapiro is joining the cast of SHE SAID, which stars Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan as reporters who broke the story about Harvey Weinstein's abusive behaviour. Costars include Patricia C larkson, Samantha Morton and Andre Braugher. Maria Schrader is directing.
Katrina Bowden (30 Rock) is joining the cast of the crime drama DEAD WRONG, based on the novel Deadly Instinct, about a man whose get-rich-quick scheme completely engulfs the lives of everyone around him. Rick Bieber is writing and directing.
And Keanu Reeves is working on a film adaptation of his graphic novel BRZRKR, which will be adapted by Mattson Tomlin (The Batman). Reeves will star in the live-action film about a half-god who battles through the centuries. It's planned as a companion piece to both the novel and a planned anime series.

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beyond the big screen...
Stage: What is love anyway
The lively Cupid's Revenge is on a nationwide tour...

Stage: End of the world
How to Survive an Apocalypse at the Finborough Theatre...

Stage: Sending out an SOS
Message in a Bottle is back at the Peacock until 17th Oct...

STAGE: The Pleasure Garden - a Vauxhall musical at Above the Stag...

SCREEN: Sep TV Roundup - The White Lotus, The Chair, Schmigadoon, Physical and more...

INSTALLATION: Is This a Wasteland by Charlotte Spencer for Sadler's Wells...

STAGE: Myra DuBois embarks on a hilariously funereal UK tour

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Meet the director and star of Boy Meets Boy

STAGE: Cirque Berserk takes over a West End theatre

STAGE: Tommy on Top at Above the Stag, Vauxhall

SCREEN: July TV Roundup - Generation, Underground Railway, Loki, Lisey's Story, Bad Batch, Pose

STAGE: Love's Labour's Lost in Fuller's pub gardens all summer...


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