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Pete Davidson will star in THE HOME, a horror thriller about a guy who takes a job at a retirement community, then realises that the residents have some sinister secrets that are connected to his own past. Director James DeMonaco (The Purge) starts filming later this month.
Alison Brie is joining John Cena in FREELANCE, an action comedy about an ex special forces operative who takes a job providing security for a journalist as she interviews a ruthless dictator. Of course, mayhem ensues. Pierre Morel (Taken) is directing from a script by Jacob Lentz.
Marion Cotillard, Melvil Poupaud and Golshifteh Farahani will star in BROTHER AND SISTER, the next film from writer-director Arnaud Desplechin. The story separately follows two siblings who reunite 20 years after they stopped speaking to each other, when their parents died.
Richard Ayoade and Rupert Friend are the latest to join the ensemble cast of Wes Anderson's THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR, based on the Roald Dahl short story collection. So far, the film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Dev Patel, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley. Filming starts this week in London.
Ethan Hawke will direct and Martin Scorsese will produce the documentary THE LAST MOVIE STARS, which will explore the careers of Oscar-winning actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, who were married for 50 years.
Meanwhile, Hawke is also joining Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali and Myha'la Herrold in the thriller LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND, based on the novel about two families that don't know each other who are forced to take a weekend trip together. Sam Esmail (Mr Robot) is writing and directing.
Aaron Eckhart will star in THE BRICKLAYER, an action thriller about a CIA operative brought out of retirement to catch a villain who is framing the agency for murdering a series of foreign journalists. Renny Harlin is directing; Gerard Butler is producing. Filming starts this spring in Greece and Bulgaria.
Akshay Kumar and Emraan Hashmi will star in SELFIEE, a Bollywood remake of the 2019 Malayalam hit comedy Driving Licence, about a superstar actor who gets into a feud with a fan he was hoping would help him renew his licence. The project reteams Kumar with Good Newwz director Raj Mehta.
Tony-winning actor Andrew Burnap will play the male lead in Disney's live-action musical SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS remake, although that's not the handsome prince in this version. The film stars Rachel Zegler in the title role, with Gal Gadot as the evil queen. Marc Webb is directing.
And musician Kendrick Lamar is teaming up with Matt Stone and Trey Parker (South Park/Book of Mormon) to make a live-action comedy about a young Black man who is startled to discover that his girlfriend's ancestors once owned his. The script is by South Park writer-producer Vernon Chatman.
Mahershala Ali will star in the psychological thriller THE PLOT, a series about a novelist-turned-professor who compromises his principles by stealing the work of a late student. It's based on a novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz, whose book You Should Have Known was turned into the series The Undoing.
Anne Hathaway, Thomasin Mckenzie and Shea Whigham will star in EILEEN, based on the novel about a young woman who works in a boys prison in 1960s Boston and gets pulled into a bizarre crime. Director William Oldroyd (Lady Macbeth) is currently filming in New Jersey.
Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot will be back for two sequels to the action comedy RED NOTICE, which will again be written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Apparently the plan is to bring more stars on-board to create an Ocean's-style ensemble.
Meanwhile, Gadot will produce and star in a remake of the Hitchcock classic TO CATCH A THIEF, about a retired cat burglar who must prove his innocence when he's suspected of committing another crime. Eileen Jones (Prodigal Son) is writing the script.
Aubrey Plaza and Michael Imperioli will star in the second series of THE WHITE LOTUS, which will be set in another resort property, possibly in Italy, and feature a new group of staff and holiday makers grappling with personal issues. Jennifer Coolidge is likely to return, as will writer-director Mike White.
Elizabeth Banks, Sarah Snook, Geraldine Viswanathan and Zach Galifianakis will star in THE BEANIE BUBBLE, a comedy set during the 1990s craze for Beanie Baby toys. The script is by Kristin Gore (Saturday Night Live), who will direct the film with her husband Damian Kulash, the lead singer of Ok Go.
Jada Pinkett Smith will star in REDD ZONE, based on the true story of a single mother who helps her teen son move forward after his best friend is murdered. And soon, 17 of his football teammates are living in her house. Matthew A Cherry (Hair Love) is directing from a script by Kristin Layne Tucker.
Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie will star in ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, based on the novel about a blind French teen (Aria Mia Loberti) who teams up with a German soldier to survive in Nazi-occupied France. Shawn Levy is directing from a script by Steven Knight.
Michael Sarnoski (Pig) will direct a spin-off to A QUIET PLACE, following new characters who live in the alien-infested world in which humans need to remain silent to avoid being attacked by otherworldly monsters. The script is based on an idea by John Krasinski.
And Spider-Man director Jon Watts is producing sixth FINAL DESTINATION movie, which is based on a story he came up with. The script is by Lori Evans Taylor and Guy Busick. The previous films were released from 2000 to 2011. Meanwhile, it's looking increasingly likely that Watts will next direct a new FANTASTIC FOUR movie.
Cate Blanchett will star in A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN, Pedro Almodovar's first English-language film. It's based on a collection of short stories about women in demanding jobs. Blanchett and Almodovar are also producing.
Cynthia Erivo will star in and produce BLINK SPEED, about a woman with a mysterious past who develops a rare ability as a savant after a near-death experience. Matt Jackson is directing from a script by Eric Brown, who wrote the short story the film is based upon.
Allison Janney is joining the cast of TRUE LOVE, Gareth Edwards' sci-fi drama with a plot that's being kept under wraps. Costars include John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Danny McBride and Benedict Wong.
Isabelle Huppert will star in THE SITTING DUCK, the true story of a whistleblower who is found in her home tied up and wounded, but becomes a suspect in the case. Costars include Benoit Magimel, Marina Fois and Alexandra Maria Lara. The project reteams Huppert with Mama Weed director Jean-Paul Salome.
Dev Patel, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley have joined Wes Anderson's next film, THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR, based Roald Dahl story. Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the title role as a gambler trying to master the art of seeing through solid objects. Filming starts this week in London.
Oprah Winfrey is producing an in-depth documentary about the life and career of groundbreaking actor Sidney Poitier. Production on the film had been secretly underway for more than a year before the Oscar-winning actor's death last week at age 94. Reginald Hudlin is directing.
Julia Garner will star in APARTMENT 7A, a psychological thriller with a plot that's being kept under wraps. Natalie Erika James is directing and writing the script with Christian White. John Krasinski and Michael Bay are producing.
Andrew Koji, Jessica Rothe, Yayan Ruhian (John Wick 3) and Isaiah Mustafa (It Chapter Two) are joining Bill Skarsgard in the action fantasy BOY KILLS WORLD, set in a dystopian world in which an imaginative deaf-mute boy escapes to the jungle and is trained to become a killer. Newcomer Moritz Mohr is directing; Sam Raimi is producing.
Mia Sinclair (Arcane) will join Christina Hendricks, Lucy Hale, David Arquette and Scott Foley in THE STORIED LIFE OF AJ FIKRY, based on the novel about a man (Kunal Nayyar) whose life has taken a series of unexpected turns for the worse when a mysterious package allows him to turn things around. Hans Canosa is directing.
And Gareth Evans will team up with producer Michael Bay and director Patrick Hughes to remake his 2011 Indonesian action hit THE RAID. This new version will be set in Philadelphia, as an undercover DEA task force works its way through a series of informants to get to a criminal kingpin.
Rooney Mara will star in and produce a biopic about Audrey Hepburn, chronicling the British actress' life, iconic film career and humanitarian work. Luca Guadagnino is directing from a script by Michael Mitnick (The Giver).
Kelvin Harrison Jr will star in SAMO LIVES, a biopic about artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, the New York-born Haitian-Puerto Rican artist who was a ground-breaking rising star at 22, then died at 27 from a drug overdose. The film reunites Harrison with Luce director Julius Onah, who wrote the story with Peter Glanz.
Benedict Cumberbatch will star in Wes Anderson's film adaptation of Roald Dahl's THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR. It's about a wealthy gambler who tries to master the art of seeing through and around objects. Anderson is currently in post-production on ASTEROID CITY, which stars Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson and members of his usual ensemble.
Martha Plimpton, Dougray Scott, Jason Flemyng, Jack Rowan and Tahirah Sharif will star in A TOWN CALLED MALICE, a dramatic thriller about a young couple in the early 1980s who get mixed up with a British gang and head to Spain to avoid arrest, only to get involved with the local mob there. The script is by Nick Love.
Mena Suvari is joining the cast of THE DRESDEN SUN alongside Christina Ricci, Steven Ogg and Samantha Win. It's about a mercenary who plans an elaborate heist to steal alien technology, but of course it goes badly wrong. Michael Ryan is writing and directing.
Zhang Hanyu (The Great Wall), Michael Cudlitz, Jake Abel and Vivienne Tien will star in UNSPOKEN, about a Chinese ex-cop who suspects that authorities are investigating the wrong suspect after his estranged daughter is murdered while studying an American university. Daming Chen is writing and directing.
Adrian Martinez is the latest new cast member to join RENFIELD, a present-day spin on the Dracula story starring Nicholas Hoult, Nicolas Cage, Awkwafina and Ben Schwartz. Chris McKay is directing from a script by Ryan Ridley (Ghosted).
And Mike Judge is working on a new BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD movie in which the chucklehead duo will be middle-aged men. The characters debuted on the big screen in 1996 and had a revival series in 2011. Judge is apparently planning both a new film and new series.
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