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Zendaya, Cate Blanchett, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Oscar Isaac, Forest Whitaker, James Caan and Jon Voight are being lined up for roles in MEGALOPOLIS, Francis Ford Coppola's long-gestating Roman epic-style passion project that follows a New York mayor as he grapples with a financial crisis.
Sylvester Stallone is bringing THE EXPENDABLES back for a fourth movie, with returning cast members Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture joined by Megan Fox, Curtis Jackson and Tony Jaa. Director Scott Waugh will start filming next month.
Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans are reteaming up for GHOSTED, an action-adventure romantic comedy that's being described as in the vein of Romancing the Stone. Dexter Fletcher is directing from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Warnick (Deadpool).
Kelvin Harrison Jr and Aaron Pierre will lead the voice cast for Barry Jenkins' prequel to THE LION KING, which will be animated in a photorealistic style. The story will explore Mufasa's background. Jeff Nathanson is again writing the script, with Hans Zimmer, Pharell and Nicholas Britell working on the music.
Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke will star in RAYMOND AND RAY, a drama about half-brothers who struggle to emerge from the shadow of their cruel father as they plan his funeral. Rodrigo Garcia is writing and directing. Alfonso Cuaron is producing.
Corey Hawkins and HER have joined the cast of THE COLOR PURPLE, the film adaptation of the Broadway musical version of Alice Walker's 1982 novel, which follows a woman through a series of key relationships in early 20th century Georgia. Blitz Bazawule is directing from a screenplay by Marcus Gardley.
Alison Brie, Jay Ellis and Kiersey Clemons will star in SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, a romantic comedy about a workaholic who returns to her hometown, where a meeting with her ex makes her question her life choices. Brie also wrote the script with her husband Dave Franco, who is directing the film.
Regina Hall is joining Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg in the comedy ME TIME, about a stay-at-home dad who gets a chance to reconnect with his former best friend when his wife and kids are away. But of course things get out of control. John Hamburg is writing and directing.
Diane Kruger and Ray Nicholson will star in OUT OF THE BLUE, a thriller about a quiet guy whose life turns into a thrilling fantasy when he meets a seductive woman, who has problems of her own at home. Neil LaBute is writing and directing.
David Oyelowo will produce and likely star in THE RETURN OF THE ROCKETEER, a Tuskegee-themed sequel/reboot to the 1991 classic based on the graphic novel about a pilot who finds a prototype jetpack and uses it to become a flying masked superhero. Ed Ricourt (Now You See Me) is writing the script.
Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson will reteam for a JUNGLE BOOK sequel, probably alongside Jack Whitehall as well. There's no word yet on the film's premise. Director Jaume Collet-Serra and writer Michael Green are set to return as well.
Jason Statham will star in THE BEE KEEPER, a thriller that apparently explores wider themes using the principles of bee keeping. The script is by Kurt Wimmer, and tentative plans are to shoot the film next year in London and Atlanta.
Eddie Murphy and Jonah Hill are teaming up for a comedy that plays on generational and cultural clashes. The film reunites Murphy with Coming 2 America writer Kenya Barris, who is directing the film and cowriting with Hill.
Morfydd Clark, Dominic Cooper, Sam Riley, Freddie Fox and Frank Dillane will star in the revenge thriller THE DUCHES OF MALFI, based on the play about a widowed aristocrat who falls for her steward, causing trouble with her controlling brothers. Guillem Morales is directing from a script by Luke Garrett.
Mickey Rourke, Alexandra Grey, Nicholas Turturro and Jeremy Luke will star in REPLICA, about an African-American trans woman who moves from Mississippi to California, where she discovers herself in an unexpected romance with a low-level meth dealer. Paul Tully is writing and directing.
Mckenna Grace is joining Thomasin McKenzie in PERFECT, Olivia Wilde's biopic about Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug. The film follows her life, rising against the odds to win gold at the Atlanta 1996 Games while competing on a badly injured ankle.
Vincent D'Onofrio will star in NIGHT OF COOTERS, based on the novel about martians invading a Texas town. Costars include Hopper Penn, Harrison Page, Martin Sensmeier and Cristin McCleary. D'Onofrio is also directing the film, from a script by Joe Lansdale. George RR Martin is producing.
Lewis Pullman, Bill Camp, Spencer Treat Clark and Makenzie Leigh will star in a new film adaptation of Stephen King's novel SALEM'S LOT, about an author who returns to his hometown and begins to suspect that it's being taken over by vampires. Gary Dauberman is writing and directing.
And Phil Lord and Chris Miller will make a movie about Dennis Rodman's notorious 48 HOURS IN VEGAS in the middle of the 1998 NBA finals. Rodman asked his coach Phil Jackson for the brief vacation, then headed off for an epic two-day bender with his nervous assistant. Jordan VanDina is writing the script.
Anya Taylor-Joy will reteam with The Witch writer-director Robert Eggers for a remake of the iconic 1922 silent film NOSFERATU, which was loosely based on Dracula. There's no word yet on which role Taylor-Joy will have in the film, or the approach Eggers will take.
Christian Bale will star in a biopic about megachurch pastor John Lee Bishop in THE CHURCH OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY. Bishop had a rough childhood, was mauled by a tiger during one of his sermons, had an affair with an employee and became a drug smuggler when his son developed a heroin addiction. Charles Randolph is writing the script.
Jake Gyllenhaal will produce and star in OBLIVION SONG, based on the graphic novel about a man who makes daily trips into an apocalyptic Philadelphia to rescue people who are trapped there. The city was considered "lost" a decade earlier, locked up with 300,000 residents inside.
Jurnee Smollett will reprise her Birds of Prey role for a BLACK CANARY movie, tracing the experiences of a woman who has the ability to scream at supersonic levels. The project reteams Smollett with Lovecraft Country's Misha Green, who is writing and possibly directing.
Marlon Wayans will produce and star in a Halloween-themed action comedy, which centres on a teen girl who accidentally unleashes an ancient mischievous spirit. She then has to team up with her dad to save the town. Jeff Wadlow is directing.
Samantha Morton has joined Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan in the drama SHE SAID, about the investigation into reports of Harvey Weinstein's years of abusive behaviour. Patricia Clarkson and Andre Braugher costar. Maria Schrader is directing from a script by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Brad Pitt is producing.
Brian Cox and Sinqua Walls will team up for MENDING THE LINE, about an injured American soldier and a Vietnam veteran who find healing from trauma through fly fishing. Director Joshua Caldwell will start filming soon in Montana from a script by Stephen Camelio.
Megan Mullally and Michelle Buteau have joined the cast of a high school romcom about a young artist forced to join her school's track team, where she has a chance to pursue the girl she has a crush on. The film also stars Auli'i Cravalho, Aasif Mandvi, Rowan Blanchard, Tyler Alvarez, Teala Dunn and Isabella Ferreira. Sammi Cohen is directing.
Dominique Thorne has joined the cast of WAKANDA FOREVER, the Black Panther sequel now in production with director Ryan Coogler. She'll play Ironheart, the teen engineering genius who makes herself a version of the Iron Man suit. The cast includes Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, Michaela Coel, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke and Martin Freeman.
And Will Smith will produce CLEAN AIR, a romantic comedy about an ambitious race-driver agent who loses her star client just before the start of Nascar season, so she instead takes on a dirt-track racer who's the daughter of a reclusive former Nascar champ. Alison Rose Greenberg (Younger) is writing the script.
Jeffrey Wright, Hope Davis, Bryan Cranston and Liev Schreiber are the latest members of the ensemble cast of Wes Anderson's next film, which is currently shooting in Spain. They join Margot Robbie, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray and more.
Daniel Dae Kim will star in THIS IS ALWAYS, based on the Japanese TV series Pure Soul, about two happily single people in their 40s who are startled to find themselves in a relationship. And a tragedy will either make or break them. Mina Shum is writing and directing.
Anthony Rapp, Lana Parilla (Once Upon a Time), Khleo Thomas, Brad Schmidt, Beth Dover and Julianna Layne are joining the cast of SCRAP, a drama about a recently unemployed woman (played by writer-director Vivian Kerr) trying to maintain her middle-class lifestyle and find a new job before her brother finds out.
Melissa Fumero, Rachel Bloom, Julian Gant and Lukas Jones will star in BAR FIGHT, a comedy about a couple that divides everything 50/50 when they split up, but can't agree on who gets their favourite local bar. So they stage a custody battle. Jim Mahoney (Klaus) is writing and directing.
Stephanie Beatriz, Elizabeth Gillies, Jonathan Banks, Keith David, Jonathan Frakes, Kelly Hu and Lauren Cohan will voice characters in the animated feature CATWOMAN: HUNTED. Director Shinsuke Terasawa is apparently taking an anime-style approach. The script is by Greg Weisman.
Alana Boden is joining Nathalie Emmanuel and Garret Hedlund in the horror thriller THE BRIDE, which is apparently loosely connected to Bram Stoker's Dracula. Plot details are being kept under wraps. Jessica M Thompson is directing from a script by Blair Butler.
Jo Hartley, Celyn Jones, Richard Lumsden, Aisling Bea and Rebecca Murrell will star in SWEET CAROLINE, a mock-documentary about a British competitive vegetable grower whose prized marrows are stolen. Then the private detectives she hires to find them are kidnapped. Finn Bruce and Brook Driver are directing.
Stephanie Hsu (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel), Ashley Park and Sherry Cola will star in a new comedy by Crazy Rich Asians writer Adele Lim, who will also direct the film. It's about three women who take their friend on a trip around Asia to find her birth mother.
Olivia Scott Welch (Fear Street) and George Baron (Wet Hot American Summer) will star in THE BLUE ROSE, a 1950s-set noir thriller about two rookie detectives who are trying to solve a murder but find themselves in a nightmarish alternate reality. Baron is also making his writing and directing debut.
And Adam Mazer (You Don't Know Jack) is writing a biopic about Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who was a fighter pilot and police officer before he started working in television. The film is being produced by the franchises current producers Rod Roddenberry (Gene's son) and Trevor Roth.
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