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Idris Elba is currently in production on CONCRETE COWBOYS, based on the true story of a century-old urban Philadelphia horse-riding community. Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things) plays Elba's estranged son in the film, which costars Jharrel Jerome, Lorraine Toussaint and Byron Bowers. Ricky Staub is directing.
Leslie Jones, KiKi Layne and Wesley Snipes have joined the cast of COMING 2 AMERICA, the long-delayed sequel to the 1988 comedy. Eddie Murphy is back as Prince Akeem, who 20 years later is about to become king when he discovers he has a long-lost son in Queens. Arsenio Hall is also back from the original. Craig Brewer is directing.
It's official: Michelle Williams will be back for the VENOM sequel, starring opposite Tom Hardy as the human-alien hybrid anti-hero journalist. Andy Serkis is directing the film. Woody Harrelson's return hasn't yet been confirmed.
Taika Waititi will write and direct a feature comedy-drama based on the documentary NEXT GOAL WINS, about a Dutch coach trying to reverse the fate of the always-losing American Samoa football team. Andy Serkis is producing.
Aaron Eckhart will star in AFTERWARD, as a man struggling to deal with the death of his daughter, even as he takes on the corruption of his small town's political establishment. Dito Montiel is writing and directing.
Pierce Brosnan is joining the cast of EUROVISION, a comedy starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as struggling musicians who are Iceland's entry in the annual song contest. Production is underway in Iceland and Britain; director David Dobkin also shot footage in May at this year's final in Tel Aviv.
Lena Waithe will produce the comedy THE 40-YEAR-OLD VERSION, about a New York playwright who faces the arrival of middle age by reinventing herself as a rapper. Radha Blank is writing and directing, as well as playing the lead role opposite Peter Kim and Michael Izquierdo.
Tom Cullen, Iwan Rheon, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Will Kemp and Conor Swindells will star in BARBARIANS, set around a dinner party in a country house, where secrets begin to emerge between a group of friends. Writer-director Charlie Dorfman has just started filming in England.
Jason Patric, Dina Meyer, James Duval and Lou Ferrigno Jr will star in the noir thriller BLACK NIGHTSHADE. It's about a detective who consults a hypnotherapist about nightmares he's having about a serial killer case. Director-cowriter Landon Williams is currently shooting in Los Angeles.
And Disney is now planning to reboot a number of Fox franchises, including HOME ALONE, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID and CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN. This is in addition to in-the-works sequels for AVATAR, X-MEN, DEADPOOL and PLANET OF THE APES. Perhaps we should also get ready for live-action remakes of Fox animated features.
Cate Blanchett is up for a role opposite Bradley Cooper in NIGHTMARE ALLEY, Guillermo del Toro's remake of the drama about a conman who links up with a woman who's even more unscrupulous than he is. Costars include Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, Rooney Mara, Richard Jenkins, Willem Dafoe and Ron Perlman.
Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver are starring in the musical extravaganza ANNETTE from filmmaker Leos Carax, which traces the story of two lovers in Hollywood and the unusual journey their daughter takes. The story is told completely in songs composed by Sparks.
Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Timothy Olyphant and Kevin Kline will star in the comedy THE STARLING, about a woman who builds a garden to recover from a tragedy, but is then attacked by an angry bird. Ted Melfi is directing the film, which also stars Daveed Diggs, Skyler Gisondo and Loretta Devine.
Gemma Chan and Barry Keoghan are joining the cast of ETERNALS, the Marvel movie about a group of near-immortal beings. Chloe Zhao is directing the film, which also stars Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek and Kumail Nanjiani.
Jacki Weaver and Rachel House have joined the cast of PENGUIN BLOOM, about an Australian family coming to terms with an accident that left their mother (Naomi Watts) paralysed. Andrew Lincoln costars in the film, which is being directed by Glendyn Ivin.
Patrick Schwarzenegger, Gilles Geary and Hayley Law are joining the cast of ECHO BOOMERS, about a group of disaffected 20-somethings who steal from the rich. Michael Shannon and Alex Pettyfer star in the film, which is shooting in Utah with director-cowriter Seth Savoy.
Joe Anderson, Charlotte Kirk, Steven Waddington and Sean Pertwee will star in the thriller THE RECKONING, set during a plague-era witch hunt as a widow is falsely accused of a crime after rejecting the advances of her landlord. Director-cowriter Neil Marshall says the story is based on real events.
Tamara Taylor (Bones) and Reece Noi (Game of Thrones) will star in MARZIPAN, a drama about an alcoholic intelligence officer given one chance to clean up her act in a mission that involves seducing a member of the Saudi royal family. Writer-director Adam Christian Clark starts filming in Los Angeles this month.
James Russo is joining the cast of FLAG DAY, starring and directed by Sean Penn. It's based on a memoir about a woman coming to terms with her lifelong criminal father. Costars include Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Dale Dickey, Eddie Marsan and Penn's daughter Dylan Penn.
And Alfred Molina will make his directing debut with LILIAN, based on the novel about a woman who upends her life entirely after recovering from cancer treatment, leaving her husband and children in England and finding new love in America. Amy Lowe Starbin is writing the script.
Reese Witherspoon will produce and star in the futuristic thriller PYROS, based on a short story about an insurance company worker who has had a fireproof suit grafted onto his body so he can enter disaster areas to save their clients' valuable items. Simon Kinberg is set to direct.
Ansel Elgort says that Edgar Wright has completed his script for a BABY DRIVER sequel, continuing the music-based adventures of the young getaway driver. The first film costarred Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzales and Kevin Spacey.
David Oyelowo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tamsin Greig, David Walliams and Paul Whitehouse are voicing characters in THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA, based on the classic children's book about a 7-year-old girl who witnesses a tiger walking into her family home and eating everything in sight. Robin Shaw is directing.
Olivia Wilde will direct and star in DON'T WORRY DARLING, a psychological thriller that centres on a 1950s housewife. The script is by Shane and Carey Van Dyke. Meanwhile, Wilde and writer Katie Silberman are also working on making a Christmas comedy together.
Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas are lined up to star in the thriller DEEP WATER, which will be director Adrian Lyne's first film in nearly 20 years. Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, it's about a couple playing mind games with each other as people around them turn up dead.
Chris Pine will play iconic newsman Walter Cronkite in NEWSFLASH, which recounts how television news teams mobilised to cover the assassination of John F Kennedy in 1963. A young Dan Rather is also a character in the script, which was written by Ben Jacoby.
Jared Leto will play the villain opposite Denzel Washington and Rami Malek in THE LITTLE THINGS. It's about a jaded California sheriff who teams up with a young detective to hunt a serial killer. John Lee Hancock is writing and directing.
Melissa Leo, Michael K Williams, Jack Kilmer, Frank Grillo and Alice Englert will star in BODY BROKERS, a thriller about a group of former addicts who team up to create a rehab centre that's actually a front for selling off their clients to the highest bidder. John Swab is writing and directing.
Ken Jeong, Rob Delaney and Jordan Bolger have joined the cast of TOM & JERRY, the live-action comedy that follows the iconic cat and mouse as they relocate to a posh New York hotel and cause chaos. Costars include Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pena and Colin Jost. Tim Story is directing.
And Luca Guadagnino is set to direct a new film version of LORD OF THE FLIES, base don the classic novel about a group of schoolboys stranded on an island, where they divide into two groups and create a vicious society. Previous film adaptations were released in 1963 and 1990.
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