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Ryan Reynolds is being lined up to star in RAINBOW SIX, based on the Tom Clancy novel about a former Navy Seal who becomes the head of an international task force fighting terrorism. Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec are writing the script, with an eye to create a franchise.
Blake Lively will play a spy in THE RHYTHM SECTION, based on the first of four novels about a woman who discovers that the plane crash in which her family died was not an accident. So she sets out to catch the killer. Reed Morano is directing.
Lily James has joined the cast of the MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN, the sequel to the hit musical, which will again star Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Christine Baranski. Apparently, James will play Streep's character in flashbacks. Ol Parker is writing and directing.
Joe Pesci will reunite with Martin Scorsese on THE IRISHMAN, joining Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano and Bobby Cannavale in the story of the notorious mob hitman who was involved in the murder of Jimmy Hoffa. The script is by Steve Zaillian.
Clint Eastwood has cast Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone to play themselves in THE 15:17 TO PARIS, the true story of the Americans who stopped a terrorist attack on a French train. The film will apparently be a three-strand biopic leading up to the fateful moment. Thomas Lennon, Judy Greer and Tony Hale costar.
Linda Hamilton is playing a ruthless crime boss in EASY DOES IT, a road movie currently shooting in Louisiana. It's about a criminal matriarch who sends her daughter and a bounty hunter on a cross-country pursuit of a pair of enemies. Costars include Ben Matheny, Matthew Martinez, Susan Gordon, Bryan Batt and Dwight Henry.
Ernie Hudson will star in THE FAMILY BUSINESS, about a successful car dealer who is planning to pass his company on to his son when a number of criminals and politicians try to take over. Costars include Armand Assante, Nick Turturro, Clifton Powell, Emilio Rivera and Miguel Nunez.
Veep costars Matt Walsh and Reid Scott will reunite for UNDER THE EIFFEL TOWER, a romance about a middle-aged man who accidentally proposes to his best friend's 24-year-old daughter. Archie Borders is directing and cowriting.
Ana de Armas (War Dogs) has joined the cast of THREE SECONDS, an action thriller about a special ops officer caught between corrupt FBI agents, prison guards and the Polish mob. The film also stars Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Common and Clive Owen. Andrea Di Stefano is directing.
And Quentin Tarantino will make a film about the 1969 Manson Family murders, which he says will take an unusual approach to the story. Apparently, he has already spoken with Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie about appearing in the movie.
Sophie Okonedo and James Harkness have joined Julie Walters in COUNTRY MUSIC, about a young ex-con single mother (Jessie Buckley) trying to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. Director Tom Harper started filming this week in Scotland
Mary Steenburgen is joining Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Candice Bergen in BOOK CLUB, about four lifelong friends whose lives are changed when they read Fifty Shades of Grey for their discussion group. Bill Holderman is directing.
Eva Longoria will produce and perhaps star in NO FILTER, a remake of the Chilean film about a woman whose life spirals out of control after an acupuncture treatment leaves her unable to think about her words before she speaks.
Maria Bello, Justice Smith and Jacob Batalon have joined Angourie Rice in the cast of EVERY DAY, about a young woman who falls in love with a travelling soun called A who inhabits a different body every day. Costars include Debby Ryan and Lucas Jade Zumann. Michael Sucsy is directing.
Randall Park will play a Shield agent in ANT MAN AND THE WASP, the sequel again starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and Michael Pena, plus Hannah John-Kamen. Director Peyton Reed starts filming in Atlanta this month.
Michael Kelly, Josh Lucas, Tom Everett Scott, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Harris Yulin, Yeardley Smith and Pamela Adlon will star in the comedy ALL SQUARE, about a struggling bookie who befriends the son (Jesse Ray Sheps) of his ex-girlfriend and begins taking bets on youth league baseball games. John Hyams is directing.
John Oliver will voice Zazu, the sidekick of Mufasa (James Earl Jones), in the live-action style remake of THE LION KING, currently in production. The voice cast also includes Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner, plus possibly Beyonce as Nala. Jon Favreau is directing.
Joey King, Kevin Chapman and Julia Goldani-Telles will star in the horror movie SLENDER MAN, about a mysteriously tall, thin figure who haunts his victims before they disappear. Sylvain White is directing.
Elizabeth Ludlow (The Walking Dead) has joined the cast of GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, the sequel starring Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Ken Watanabe and Zhang Ziyi. Michael Dougherty is directing.
And Trey Edward Shults (It Comes at Night) wants to make a biopic about KANYE WEST. His goal is to just spend a lot of time with the musician, work out his psychology and then make a movie unlike the usual biographical film.
Rumour has it that Ryan Gosling is being lined up to play a young Willy Wonka in an origin-style prequel to Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Plot details are being kept under wraps, although Gosling's casting would hint that it may take a musical turn. David Heyman is producing.
Felicity Jones will star in SWAN LAKE, Luca Guadagnino's drama inspired by the ballet about a princess who is turned into a swan by a sorcerer's curse. The film will focus on the original folk tale, without the dance element. The script is by Kristina Lauren Anderson.
Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter and Charlotte Rampling started filming this week on the dark drama THE LITTLE STRANGER, about a country doctor in 1948 England who makes a house-call to the decaying mansion where his mother used to work as a maid. Lenny Abrahamson is directing from a script by Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl).
Samuel L Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury for a major role in the upcoming CAPTAIN MARVEL movie, opposite his Kong: Skull Island costar Brie Larson as a US Air Force officer who is given superhuman abilities in an alien explosion. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are directing.
Radha Mitchell and Chris Mulkey will star in THE WORLD WITHOUT YOU, based on the novel about how a family copes after the death of a son, a journalist killed covering the invasion of Iraq. Costars include James Tupper, Lynn Cohen, Perrey Reeves and PJ Byrne. First-timer Damon Shalit is directing.
Andy Garcia has joined the cast of MY DINNER WITH HERVE. He'll play iconic actor Ricardo Montalban opposite Peter Dinklage as Fantasy Island costar Herve Villechaize on a wild night out in 1990s Los Angeles. Jamie Dornan, Harriet Walter, Mireille Enos and Oona Chaplin costar. Sacha Gervasi is directing, based on his own experiences as a journalist.
Maxine Peake has joined the ensemble cast of Mike Leigh's next movie, PETERLOO, based on the true story of a group of protesters in 1919 Manchester who were attacked by the British military as the government, in a period of economic uncertainty, cracked down on radicalism. Filming is underway.
Ryan Guzman and Edward James Olmos will star in WINDOWS ON THE WORLD, about a young man who travels from Mexico to New York after the 9/11 attacks to find his father, who was working on the top floor of the Twin Towers. Director Michael D Olmos (Edward's son) starts filming next week.
Melora Walters will lead the cast of the dramatic thriller THE AMARANTH TABLE. Plot details are being kept under wraps. The script is by Eileen Shields, and the film is being directed by Albert Chi, who worked with Walters on Boogie Nights and The Master.
And Kristen Bell will sing the closing theme song for the documentary CHASING CORAL. The tune has been added to the feature doc, which premiered at this year's Sundance, tracing the global decline of coral reefs.
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