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Nicole Kidman is lined up to play Gretchen Carlson in FAIR AND BALANCED, a drama about Fox News founder Roger Ailes and his fall from grace. Charlize Theron is playing Megyn Kelly, and Margot Robbie is also on board in a fictional role. Jay Roach is directing.
Peter Dinklage will star in and produce a movie based on the RUMPELSTILTSKIN fairy tale, about a man who lies to the king, saying his daughter can spin straw into gold. Then he has to make a pact with a savvy imp to honour that promise. Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls) is writing the script.
Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor and Will Poulter will star in the next film by writer-director Ari Aster (Hereditary). It's a horror film about a couple that travels to visit a friend in Sweden for mid-summer festival. But things turn increasingly nasty.
Priyanka Chopra is set to join Chris Pratt in COWBOY NINJA VIKING, about a secret unit of agents who each have multiples of three personalities, which help them complete their missions. The script is by Craig Mazin, Dan Mazeau and Ryan Engle.
Colin Farrell and Mel Gibson will team up for WAR PIGS, a World War II action movie about ex-soldiers seeking revenge against a gang that killed one of their friends and stole their money. Tommy Wirkola is directing.
Lakeith Stanfield will star in PRINCE OF CATS, based on the graphic novel adapting Romeo and Juliet to the 1980s hip-hop scene in Brooklyn, where people duel with music. Selwyn Sefyu Hinds is writing the script.
Anthony Hopkins, Camille Rowe, Madeline Brewer, Mickey Sumner and Ray Nicholson (son of Jack) will star in NOW IS EVERYTHING, about a fashion photographer (Irakli Kvirikadze) coping with his brother's death and the disappearance of his girlfriend. Valentina De Amicis and Riccardo Federico Spinotti are directing.
Edgar Ramirez is up for the lead role in THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME, a thriller set in the near future, when the government begins broadcasting a signal that makes it impossible to knowingly break the law. Olivier Megaton is directing.
Ashley Jensen, Justin Theroux and Kiersey Clemons are up for roles in the live-action style remake of Disney's animated classic LADY AND THE TRAMP, a romance between a pampered cocker spaniel and a stray street dog. Charlie Bean (The Lego Ninjago Movie) is directing.
And Taryn Manning, Nick Stahl and Agnes Bruckner are joining THE HAUNTING OF NICOLE BROWN SIMPSON, which stars Mena Suvari as the late ex-wife of O.J. Simpson. The film traces the last four days in her life in 1994. Daniel Ferrands is directing.
Natalie Portman is lined up to star in and direct a biopic about the identical twin agony aunt columnists who wrote as Dear Abby and Ann Landers. She will play both roles in the film, which will focus on the now iconic rivalry between the sisters.
Bryce Dallas Howard will play Elton John's mother in ROCKETMAN, the musical biopic starring Taron Egerton. The script follows John from his childhood prodigy days to his global stardom writing hits with Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell). Richard Madden costars; Dexter Fletcher is directing.
Keri Russell, Richard E Grant and Naomie Ackie have joined the cast of STAR WARS EPISODE IX, which starts filming this week in London. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Mark Hamill are back, plus Billy Dee Williams. And unused footage of Carrie Fisher will include her in the film as well.
Liv Tyler is apparently up for the lead role in a remake of CHILD'S PLAY, the now-iconic 1988 horror movie about a woman who gives her son the Chucky doll he so desperately wants, but it turns out to be possessed by the soul of a serial killer. Lars Klevberg is directing.
Ellen Burstyn and James Caan will star in the rom-com WELCOME TO PINE GROVE, about a widow who discovers that her new seniors-only community is rather a lot like high school: full of cliques and flirtatious men. Michael Lembeck is directing from a script by Donald Martin.
Marcia Gay Harden is joining Frank Grillo and Anthony Mackie in the cast of POINT BLANK, a remake of the French thriller about a nurse who gets help from a wanted murder suspect to rescue his kidnapped wife. Joe Lynch is directing.
Uzo Aduba, Naturi Naughton, Tristan Mack Wilds, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing and Jade Eshete have joined the drama REALLY LOVE, about a starving artist (Kofi Siriboe) who is distracted by a whirlwind romance just as his career takes off. Director Angel Kristi Williams is filming in Baltimore.
Tracy Letts will play Henry Ford II in James Mangold's FORD VS FERRARI, about the mid-1960s rivalry between the car-makers to dominate the racing circuit. Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in the film, along with Jon Bernthal, Noah Jupe and Caitriona Balfe.
RZA and Eric Roberts have joined the cast of HARD LUCK LOVE SONG, about a worn-out singer (Michael Dorman) who runs into an old flame (Sophie Bush). Dermot Mulroney and Melora Walters costar; Justin Corsbie is directing from a script that's based on a song.
And Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska will play the new leads in a film remake of CHARLIE'S ANGELS, which will expand the private detectives' work worldwide. Elizabeth Banks is both directing and playing the angels' handler Bosley.
Emma Thompson will be back for MEN IN BLACK 4, which will otherwise feature a new cast including Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani and Liam Neeson. There's no word yet if Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones will make an appearance. F Gary Gray is directing.
Gary Oldman will reteam with director Joe Wright for THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, which is also set to star Amy Adams, Wyatt Russell and Brian Tyree Henry. It's a Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic psychologist who witnesses a crime from her home.
Ryan Reynolds is set to produce and star in STONED ALONE, an adult comedy riff on Home Alone. It's about a pot-grower who misses the flight for a holiday ski trip, then at home becomes paranoid that someone is breaking in. Augustine Frizzell is directing.
Dan Stevens will join Harrison Ford for CALL OF THE WILD, a new film adaptation of Jack London's adventure novel about a prospector looking for gold in the Yukon at the end of the 19th century. Chris Sanders is directing from a script by Michael Green.
Lin Shaye and Sonya Walger will join Shawn Ashmore and Gary Cole in ANDERSON FALLS, a crime thriller about a detective who becomes convinced that his wife didn't actually commit suicide, but was murdered by father-and-son serial killers. Julien Seri is directing.
Caleb Landry Jones has joined the cast of Jim Jarmusch's THE DEAD DON'T DIE, a zombie art film starring Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi and Chloe Sevigny. Filming is underway in Upstate New York.
Sasha Lane, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Miles Robbins and Hannah Marks will star in DANIEL ISN'T REAL, about a university student who resurrects his childhood imaginary friend to help him cope with a family tragedy. Adam Egypt Mortimer is directing.
Jason Scott Lee has joined the cast of Disney's live-action remake of MULAN. He'll play the villain alongside Gong Li. Liu Yufei stars as a young woman who disguises herself as a man so her elderly father can avoid military service. Costars include Donnie Yen and Jet Li. Niki Caro is directing.
Andy Nyman, Veronica Falcon and Dani Rovira have joined the cast of JUNGLE CRUISE, the adventure movie based on the Disney theme park ride. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jesse Plemons, Edgar Ramirez and Jack Whitehall. Jaume Collet-Serra is directing.
And Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton will reunite for a nearly 40-years-later sequel to their 1980 hit comedy 9 TO 5, which took on the still-timely issue of bosses who belittle female employees. The new script is by Rashida Jones and Pat Rosnick.
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