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Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal are teaming up for RIO, a thriller about a journalist who travels to Brazil to visit a wealthy friend, to help him fake his death. Luca Guadagnino is directing from a script by Steven Knight.
Julianne Moore will star in a reworking of Sebastian Lelio's 2013 Chilean hit GLORIA, about a woman in her 50s who lives her life to the full, then finds an unexpected romance. Lelio is writing the script, which he describes as a new take on the story and characters.
Tom Hanks will star in NEWS OF THE WORLD, based on the novel about an 1870 road trip through the American West, in which a news-announcing Texan bonds with a 10-year-old orphaned girl. Luke Davies (Lion) is writing the script.
Noomi Rapace will star in the action thriller CLOSE, as a counter-terrorism expert who is assigned to protect a rich teenage heiress who's the target of a kidnapping plot. The story is based on the real life of a top female bodyguard. Vicky Jewson is directing.
Whoopi Goldberg and Giancarlo Esposito have joined Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church in SHRIVER, a comedy about a loner who is mistaken for a famous reclusive author. Michael Maren is writing and directing.
Julie Delpy and Golshifteh Farahani will star in GIRLS OF THE SUN, about an all-female brigade of resistance fighters trying to recapture their Kurdish village from religious extremists. Eva Husson (Bang Gang) is directing.
Antonio Banderas will face off against Alec Baldwin in LAMBORGHINI: THE LEGEND, a biopic tracing the rivalry between car magnates Ferruccio Lamborghini and Enzo Ferrari. Michael Radford is directing from a script by Bobby Moresco.
Liam Hemsworth and Adam Devine will join Rebel Wilson in ISN'T IT ROMANTIC, a comedy about a woman who realises that her life has become a rom-com, and she would rather be a star than a sidekick in her own story. Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas) is directing.
Chloe Grace Moretz, Jack O'Connell and Josh Gad will star in PARTY OF THE CENTURY, set during the notorious, star-studded Black and White Ball thrown by Truman Capote in 1966. The plot centres on a romance between a starlet and a lift operator. Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman are writing and directing.
Djimon Hounsou, Uma Thurman and Jason Clarke are lined up to join SERENITY, the dramatic thriller starring Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey. It's set on a quiet Caribbean island, where a fisherman's past catches up with him. Steven Knight is writing and directing.
Toby Kebbell will play psychic twins in EXTRASENSORY, a sci-fi thriller about brothers who are recruited for a secret experimental programme in Russia. Lesley Manning is directing from a script by Stephen Volk.
And Hugh Bonneville will play Roald Dahl in a biopic tracing the iconic writer's marriage to Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal in early 1960s Hollywood. John Hay (Lost Christmas) is directing and cowriting.
Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy will team up to star in X-MEN: THE NEW MUTANTS, a youth-oriented spin-off movie that is rumoured to also feature an appearance from James McAvoy's Professor X. Director Josh Boone starts filming next month in Montreal.
Peter Dinklage will play iconic Fantasy Island star Herve Villechaize in MY DINNER WITH HERVE, a fictional story about the diminutive actor's unlikely friendship with a struggling journalist (Jamie Dornan) over one wild night on the town in Los Angeles. Sacha Gervasi is writing and directing.
Vanessa Redgrave and Christoph Waltz will star in GEORGETOWN, a crime drama based on the true story of a Washington DC man who was convicted of murdering his much-older socialite wife. Waltz is making his directing debut with the film, which was written by David Auburn.
David Oyelowo and Russell Crowe are lined up to star in ARC OF JUSTICE, based on the true story of an African-American doctor in 1925 Detroit who was charged with murder after a racially charged incident. Jose Padilha is directing.
Margot Robbie will produce and star in the Dust Bowl thriller DREAMLAND, about a fugitive female bank robber and the 15-year-old who is determined to catch her. Miles-Joris Peyrafitte (as You Are) is directing from a script by Nicolaas Zwart.
Liam Neeson will star in the action thriller RETRIBUTION, a remake of the Spanish film El Desconocido, about a business executive who learns that there is a bomb planted in his car, which also contains his family. And he's forced to follow a series of instructions to survive.
Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard will star in THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT, a drama about two high-frequency traders hoping to make a fortune by constructing a high-speed cable across America. Kim Nguyen (The War Witch) is writing and directing.
Diane Lane and Jeff Bridges will star in a relationship drama about a violinist who returns to his estranged wife after a medical diagnosis. Reed Morano (Meadowland) is directing from a script by Stuart Blumberg (The Kids Are All Right).
Ben Kingsley, Peter Franzen (Vikings) and Charly Chaikin (Mr Robot) will star in the thriller UNDERGROUND, about two New York detectives who stumble across a secret hidden beneath the city's streets. Pal Oie (Villmark Asylum) is directing; the script is based on a story by Luc Besson.
Meanwhile, Kingsley is also lined up to join RED SEA DIVING RESORT, along with Chris Evans, Hayley Bennett, Michael K Williams, Greg Kinnear, Alessandro Nivola and Michiel Huisman. It's a true-life spy thriller about Mossad's effort to evacuate Ethiopian Jews from Sudan in the late-1970s. Gideon Raff is directing.
David Harbour will star in HELLBOY: RISE OF THE BLOOD QUEEN, a reboot of the franchise, directed by Neil Marshall. Apparently the plan is to skew to a more adult audience and stay closer to the source comics.
And Steve McQueen will direct the long-gestating authorised documentary biopic about TUPAC SHAKUR, the pioneering hip-hop artist who was murdered in 1996. The film has the support of Shakur's estate, including his music catalog.
Emily Blunt will reunite with Tom Cruise for LIVE DIE REPEAT AND REPEAT, which is both a sequel and a prequel to Edge of Tomorrow. Doug Liman will be back as director. Apparently, the idea for the story came from Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie.
Michelle Williams and Chris Pine will team up for ALL THE OLD KNIVES, a thriller about an estranged couple reliving their past as spies during a hijacking in which hundreds of people died. And the question is whether they're rekindling their romance or working on a case. James Marsh is lined up to direct.
Johnny Depp will star in RICHARD SAYS GOODBYE, a comedy-drama about a university professor who, after a medical diagnosis, decides to abandon all rules and conventions and indulge in every vice he can think of. Wayne Roberts is directing.
In addition to directing the Nureyev biopic THE WHITE CROW, Ralph Fiennes will also star in the movie as the dancer's mentor Pushkin. The cast also includes Oleg Ivenko, Sergei Polunin, Adele Exarchopoulos, Chulpan Khamatova, Laurent Lafitte, Raphael Personnaz, Calypso Valois and Louis Hofmann. The script is by David Hare.
John Cusack will reunite with his Misfortune director Lucky McKee for the thriller BROKEN RIDGE, about a cop and and his more criminal-minded brother who are investigating a series of unexplained murders in their small town in the Smoky Mountains. The script is by Raul Inglis and Joshua Wagner.
Kelly Macdonald and Irrfan Khan will star in PUZZLE, about a suburban housewife who discovers that she has an unusual gift for assembling jigsaw puzzles, and it changes her family's life. Costars include David Denman, Bubbe Weiler, Austin Abrams and Liv Hewson. Marc Turtletaub is directing.
Lee Pace, Jason Sudeikis and Timothy Olyphant will star in DRIVEN, about a con artist who becomes a drug informant for the FBI and ends up taking down car pioneer John DeLorean. Nick Hamm is directing from a script by Colin Bateman.
Dave Chapelle and Greg Grunberg have joined the cast of A STAR IS BORN, the latest remake of the 1937 classic. This time it's about a young pop singer (Stefani Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga) and her country music star mentor-boyfriend (Bradley Cooper). Cooper is also directing.
Break-out Logan star Dafne Keen has landed the title role in ANA, as a young girl who befriends an older man (Luis Guzman) and embarks on a road trip to rescue him from bankruptcy. Charles McDougall is directing from a script by Cris Cole.
And Jason Momoa will team up with Will Ferrell for a comedy about a has-been TV star who teams up with the now-grown actor who once played his son on a sitcom and has since become a blockbuster action hero.
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