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Julianne Moore will star as Gloria Steinem in the biopic MY LIFE ON THE ROAD, based on the memoir of the iconic feminist who led the equal rights movement from the 1960s onwards. Julie Taymor is directing from a script by Sarah Ruhl.
Lupita Nyong'o and Josh Gad will team up for LITTLE MONSTERS, a zombie comedy currently filming in Sydney starring Alexander England (Alien: Covenant) as a has-been musician who volunteers to chaperone his nephew's school trip to get closer to his teacher. Abe Forsythe is directing.
Margot Robbie and Elizabeth Banks are teaming up for THE PAPER BAG PRINCESS, about a young princess whose charming fiance is abducted by a dragon that burned her castle down, leaving her with just a paper bag to wear as she launches a rescue mission. Katie Silberman is writing the script.
Annette Bening and Bill Nighy will star in HOPE GAP, about a husband, wife and son dealing with the sudden end of a nearly 30-year marriage. William Nicholson is writing and directing.
Jamie Dornan will join Rosamund Pike and Taron Egerton in A PRIVATE WAR, the biopic of acclaimed correspondent Marie Colvin, who covered conflicts around the world until her death in a rocket attack in Syria in 2012. Matthew Heineman is directing.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star in the thriller 7500, replacing Paul Dano who had a schedule conflict. It's about an airplane hijacking that takes an unexpected turn for both the pilot and the hijacker. Writer-director Patrick Vollrath started filming this week in Germany and Austria.
Isla Fisher is joining Matthew McConaughey in THE BEACH BUM, Harmony Korine's comedy about a guy who drops out of society and has a series of misadventures. Filming starts soon.
Mickey Rourke, Anne Heche and Annaleigh Tipton will star in VESTIGE, a sci-fi thriller about an ice skater who finds herself competing at the Olympics against android opponents. Stephon Stewart is writing and directing.
Lily Collins is joining Zac Efron in the Ted Bundy biopic EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE. The film explores the serial killer's crimes through the eyes of his girlfriend, who eventually turned him in. Joe Berlinger is directing.
And Beyonce has been confirmed to voice Nala in Jon Favreau's photorealistic animated remake of THE LION KING. The cast also includes Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aldre Woodard, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner and John Oliver.
Sharon Stone will star in SUNNY, a black comedy about a wealthy single mother who is secretly a major drug kingpin, and she has 24 hours to get out of town before the mob discovers the truth about her family. Norwegian filmmaker Eva Sorhaug is directing.
Tom Hanks will star in BIOS, about a robot that was designed to protect its owners dog, but has now outlasted humanity and lives on a post-apocalyptic earth. Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones) is directing from a script by Craig Luck.
Susan Sarandon, Matthias Schoenaerts, Bruce Dern, Josh Stewart and Gideon Adlon will star in MUSTANG, about a prison rehab programme that involves training wild horses. Filming is underway in Nevada with director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre.
Olivia Munn will star in the action thriller HUMMINGBIRD, replacing Zoe Saldana, who is too busy with the Avatar sequels. It's about a female black ops assassin forced to confront her true identity. Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Akerstrom are directing.
Karl Urban, Ashley Greene and Forrest Goodluck will star in SNOWBLIND, an adventure thriller about a group of US Rangers confronting deep secrets while stranded in a remote house in the mountains. Marcus Alqueres is directing.
Mads Mikkelsen will star in POLAR, an action thriller about an assassin who, when he announces his retirement, finds that he's being hunted by several faster, younger killers who are determined to silence him. Jonas Akerlund is directing.
Zachary Levi has landed the title role in SHAZAM!, based on the comic about a young boy who can transform himself into an adult superhero by calling on the powers of the ancient heroes. David F Sandburg is directing.
Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon, Lauren Lapkus, Tig Notaro, Ron Cephas Jones, Jessica St Clair and David Wain are joining the ensemble comedy DOG DAYS, about a group of people in Los Angeles connected by their pets. The film also stars Eva Longoria, Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Jon Bass and Finn Wolfhard.
Donald Faison and Justin Long will team up for THE WAVE, about a lawyer who is inspired to take a new approach to a high-stakes case after a night of drug-induced revelry. Gille Klabin is directing from a script by Carl Lucas.
And it's looking like Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and director Richard Donner may reunite for LETHAL WEAPON 5. Screenwriter Channing Gibson, who wrote part 4 in 1998, is on board as well.
Renee Zellweger will star in JUDY, a biopic that centres on Judy Garland's final five-week series of concerts in London in 1968. Rupert Goold (True Story) is directing from a script by Tom Edge (The Crown).
Aaron Taylor-Johnson will star in, and his wife Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct, a film based on James Frey's fictionalised memoir A MILLION LITTLE PIECES. It's about a man who wakes up in an airplane mid-flight with no recollection of how he got there, then begins the long journey to sobriety.
Scarlett Johansson is lined up to star in REFLECTIVE LIGHT, based on the novel The Deepest Secret, about a woman who alienates her family because she's so protective of her teen son, who is allergic to sunlight. Photographer Gregory Crewdson is making his directing debut.
Adam Driver has joined the cast of BLACK KLANSMAN, Spike Lee's thriller about an African-American detective (John David Washington) who went undercover in the KKK and even become head of a local chapter. Laura Harrier costars.
Jamie Foxx will play Black Panther leader Geronimo Pratt in SIGNAL HILL, opposite Anthony Mackie and Elizabeth Banks. The story centres on a 1981 case in which Johnnie Cochran proved a young athlete was murdered by police. The project reunites Foxx with Ray director Taylor Hackford.
JK Simmons, Brian Dennehy, Lesley Ann Warren, Tom Arnold, David Koechner, Mo Gaffney and Mike O'Malley have joined the cast of LIFE SUPPORT, a black comedy about a family arguing with their dying father. Veteran actor Larry Clarke is making his feature writing and directing debut.
Mia Wasikowska will star in JUDY AND PUNCH, a riff on the classic puppet show. This is an Australian drama about two puppeteers trying to escape their seaside town and relaunch their act. Mirrah Foulkes is writing and directing.
Regina King has joined the cast of IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, Barry Jenkins' adaptation of the James Baldwin novel about a Harlem woman (Kiki Layne) trying to prove the innocence of her boyfriend (Stephan James), father of her unborn child. Filming is underway in New York.
Ben Mendelsohn is lined up to play the villain opposite Brie Larson in CAPTAIN MARVEL, about an Air Force pilot who gains superpowers when her DNA is fused with an alien. Samuel L Jackson is also set to appear as Nick Fury in the film, which is being directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
And Rob Zombie is planning a new film in the series that started with 2003's The House of 1000 Corpses and continued in 2005's The Devil's Rejects. There's no word on the plot, but if he wants to bring back stars Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Sheri Moon Zombie, it will have to be a prequel.
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