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Benedict Cumberbatch will star in GYPSY BOY, based on the memoirs of Mikey Walsh, a Romany Gypsy who describes how he was designated to become a boxer at birth, then splits the family when he takes a different path in life. Morgan Matthews is directing.
Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce will play Popes Benedict and Francis in a new film exploring the relationship between them, including their opposing opinions. Fernando Meirelles is directing from a script by Anthony McCarten.
Casey Affleck will star in STONER, based on the novel about a poor farmer in 19th century Missouri who decides to become a literature scholar. Joe Wright is directing.
Eva Green and Lars Eidinger will star in a drama about a European astronaut preparing to leave her 7-year-old daughter to begin a one-year stint on the International Space Station. Alice Winocour is directing.
Armie Hammer will join Felicity Jones in ON THE BASIS OF SEX, the biopic about Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The film traces the Ginsbergs as they bring their landmark gender discrimination case to the Supreme Court. Mimi Leder is directing.
Katie Holmes and Jean Reno will star in DOORMAN, an action thriller about a woman trying to recover from trauma during her service as a Marines officer, so she takes a job as a concierge in a New York apartment building. Then mercenaries launch a heist. Ryuhei Kitamura is directing.
Gary Oldman is joining the cast of the supernatural thriller MARY, about a family that buys an old ship at auction to start a charter business, then discovers that something horrific is lurking below deck. Michael Goi is directing from a script by Anthony Jaswinski (The Shallows).
Paul Bettany has reunited with director Ron Howard to film a role for the HAN SOLO Star Wars story, which is currently nearing the end of production. Of course, everything is top secret. Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton star.
Parker Posey and Ken Jeong are joining the cast of ELSEWHERE, a comedy-drama about a guy (Aden Young) who poses as a handyman to try to reclaim the cabin he built with his late wife. Beau Bridges, Jacki Weaver and Jackie Tohn costar.
Melanie Laurent has landed a leading role in OPERATION FINALE, joining Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley in the drama about the hunt and capture of escaped Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in the 1960s. Nick Kroll has also joined the cast.
Spike Lee is being lined up to direct NIGHTWATCH, another Spider-Man spin-off movie along with VENOM and SILVER AND BLACK. Ed Ricourt (Now You See Me) is writing the script for this one, about a doctor who sees a superhero die in battle and discovers that it's a future version of himself.
And there's been a shake-up on another STAR WARS set. Colin Trevorrow, who has been developing EPISODE IX, has stepped down from the role. And it looks like Rian Johnson, who directed the forthcoming EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI, is the most likely to take on the role.
Winona Ryder has reunited with Keanu Reeves for DESTINATION WEDDING, in which they play two miserable guests at a weekend marriage who develop an unexpected attraction for each other. Victor Levin is directing.
Lily Collins will star opposite Nicholas Hoult in TOLKIEN, the biopic about the young JRR Tolkien during his student days in the run-up to the Great War. Dome Karukoski is directing.
Aidan Gillen will play James Joyce in JAMES AND LUCIA, which will chronicle the author's life as he deals with his daughter's breakdown while writing Finnegan's Wake. Robert Mullan is directing.
Douglas Booth will play a young British writer in GORE, Michael Hoffman's biopic about the larger-than-life author Gore Vidal. Filming is underway in Italy with Kevin Spacey and Griffin Dunne.
Vera Farmiga, JK Simmons, Alex Karpovsky, Josh Brener, Kaitlyn Dever, Kevin Pollak, Ari Graynor, Mike Judge, Steve Zissis and Sara Paxton have joined the cast of THE FRONT RUNNER, Jason Reitman's biopic about senator and two-time presidential candidate Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman).
Mischa Barton has joined the cast of PAINKILLERS, a horror drama about a surgeon (Adam Huss) who, after his son is killed in a car crash, is tormented by both physical and emotional pain. Costars include Madeline Zima, Grant Bowler and Debra Wilson. Roxy Shih is directing.
Alicia Silverstone, Katie Aselton and Tommy Dewey are joining BOOK CLUB, starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen as lifelong friends whose lives are changed when they read 50 Shades of Grey. The ensemble includes Richard Dreyfuss, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T Nelson, Ed Begley Jr and Wallace Shawn.
Bill Pullman has joined the cast of BACKSEAT, Adam McKay's biopic about former US vice president Dick Cheney. Christian Bale is in the lead role, with Steve Carell as Rumsfeld and Amy Adams as Cheney's wife Lynne. Pullman is playing former vice president Nelson Rockefeller.
Martin Donovan, Andy McQueen and Grace Lynn Kung have joined Michael B Jordan and Michael Shannon in the FAHRENHEIT 451 remake, based on the classic Ray Bradbury novel about a future society in which reading books is illegal. Ramin Bahrani is directing.
Miranda Otto, Stanley Tucci, John Corbett, Kyle Breitkopf and Kiernan Shipka will star in THE SIENCE, based on the novel about a deaf New Jersey teen whose family is menaced by bats who are blinded and mutated into new creatures that are attracted to sound.
Xavier Dolan, Cherry Jones and Flea have joined the cast of BOY ERASED, Joel Edgerton's film about a preacher's son (Lucas Hedges) who is cruelly outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) at age 19.
Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) will play manager Pail Prenter in BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, Bryan Singer's biopic about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek). Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee and Joe Mazzello costar.
And Ben Affleck is in talks to direct RED PLATOON, based on the memoir about a 2009 battle during which Taliban fighters launched a predawn raid on an American outpost. Casey Affleck is apparently lined up to play the lead role.
Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges will star in BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE, a thriller about a group of shady characters who converge on a hotel in 1960s Lake Tahoe. Drew Goddard is writing and directing.
Jared Leto and Margot Robbie are set to reteam for a film about JOKER & HARLEY QUINN, directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Meanwhile, director Todd Phillips and producer Martin Scorsese will team up (yes really) for a stand-alone Joker origin movie set in the 1980s.
David Oyelowo is joining the cast of CHAOS WALKING, Doug Liman's post-apocalyptic thriller starring Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen and Nick Jonas. It's set on a planet where almost all women have been killed by a virus, which has left the men able to hear each others' thoughts.
Common and Issa Rae have joined the cast of THE HATE U GIVE, based on the novel about a 16-year-old (Amandla Stenberg) who witnesses a policeman shoot her unarmed best friend. Costars include Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall and Algee Smith. George Tillman Jr is directing.
Will Ferrell will produce and star in a remake of THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED, the 2013 Oscar-nominated Swedish film about a man who escapes from his nursing home and confronts the momentous encounters he's had over the past century.
Elizabeth Debicki will play Virginia Woolf opposite Gemma Arterton's Vita Sackville-West in VITA & VIRGINIA, based on Eileen Atkins' play about the romance between the socialite and the author in 1920s London. Isabella Rossellini has also joined the cast, which includes Rupert Penry-Jones and Peter Ferdinando. Chanya Button is directing.
Maya Rudolph will reunite with Melissa McCarthy for THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS, a comedy-thriller set in a world inhabited by both humans and puppets, who are viewed as second-class citizens. Brian Henson is directing.
Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman will both be back for the EQUALIZER sequel, reprising their roles alongside Denzel Washington's vigilante. Pedro Pascal (Narcos) and Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) have also joined the cast. Antoine Fuqua is back as director.
Fionn Whitehead, Moritz Bleibtreu and Ben Chaplin will star in CARAVAN, which follows a teen from Congo (Stephane Bak) as he makes his way across Europe in search of his brother. Director Sebastian Schipper just started filming in Morocco, and will continue through Spain and France.
And word has it that John Cena will play the lead role in the movie remake of the iconic KNIGHT RIDER series, about a guy who solves crime with the help of his artificial-intelligence enhanced talking car Kitt. Kevin Hart is apparently lined up as Kitt's voice.
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