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Tom Hanks is being lined up to play Geppetto in Disney's life-action remake of their animated classic PINOCCHIO, about a living puppet who must prove himself worthy to become the real son of his toymaker creator. Paul King is directing.
Kristen Stewart is up for the lead role in HAPPIEST SEASON, a comedy-drama about a woman preparing to propose to her not-yet-out girlfriend at her family's annual holiday party. Clea DuVall is directing from a script she wrote with Mary Holland.
Kevin Hart will produce and possibly costar in BYE BYE BYE, a remake of the Korean comedy-drama Sunny, about a group of friends who reunite 20 years after high school when one of them is diagnosed with cancer. Amy Aniobi (Insecure) is writing the script.
Rita Moreno has joined the cast of Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner's WEST SIDE STORY remake, a Broadway musical based on Romeo & Juliet. Moreno won an Oscar for her performance in the 1961 film adaptation. Ansel Elgort stars in the remake.
Michelle Yeoh will reteam with Crazy Rich Asians costar Henry Golding for LAST CHRISTMAS, a holiday comedy that will feature the music of George Michael. Emilia Clarke costars in the film, which was written by Emma Thompson and will be directed by Paul Feig.
Matthew Goode, Daniel Bruhl, Charles Dance and Rhys Ifans are set to join the cast of KINGSMAN: THE GREAT GAME, a prequel about the establishment of the British gentleman spy agency in the early 1900s. Harris Dickinson and Ralph Fiennes have the lead roles; Matthew Vaughn is directing.
Eric Bana will star in THE DRY, an Australian thriller about a detective who returns home to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, who allegedly killed his wife and child before committing suicide. The film reteams Bana with Romulus My Father director Robert Connolly.
Famke Janssen has joined the cast of ENDLESS, Scott Speer's romantic fantasy about a couple (Alexandra Shipp and Nicholas Hamilton) who are separated by a fatal accident, then find a way to communicate between life and death.
Adam Devine will star in the comedy LEXI, as a guy who falls in love with the AI personality on his smart devices and begins to lose touch with the real world. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore are writing and directing.
And Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver) has joined the cast of HOBBS & SHAW, the Fast & Furious spin-off centring on the characters played by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Production is underway with director David Leitch and costars Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby.
As filming starts in London, Lesley Manville, Greg Kinnear, Rhys Ifans and Phyllis Logan have joined the cast of MISBEHAVIOUR, a comedy-drama about women protesting at the 1970 Miss World contest. Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley and Keeley Hawes also star.
Miranda Richardson has joined the cast of RAMS, an Australian remake of the Icelandic drama about sheep farming brothers who haven't spoken to each other in decades, despite living next door. Sam Neill and Michael Caton star in the remake, which is being directed by Jeremy Sim.
John Gallagher Jr will join Gillian Jacobs and Azhy Robertson in LARRY, a feature based on the short about a monster who menaces a family by materialising through electronic devices. Jacob Chase is writing and directing.
Sarah Snook, Maya Erskine, Kalen Allen, Eliot Glazer, Molly Evensen and Kevin O'Rourke are joining Seth Rogen in the comedy PICKLED, about an immigrant in 1918 Brooklyn who launches a pickle factory, then falls in a vat and is preserved for 100 years. Brandon Trost is directing.
Amy Sedaris has joined the cast of Jon Favreau's live-action style animated remake of THE LION KING, which features the voices of Donald Glover, Beyonce, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Oliver and Alfre Woodard.
Robert Patrick is lined up to join the cast of HONEST THIEF, about a bank robber (Liam Neeson) who decides to turn himself in to clean the slate for the woman he loves (Kate Walsh), but a crooked FBI agent complicates things. Jai Courtney, Anthony Ramos and Jeffrey Donovan costar.
Ralph Ineson (Ready Player One) and Owain Yeoman (American Sniper) are joining the cast of THE BOY 2, which also stars Katie Holmes and Christopher Convery. The sequel follows a young family that moves into the freaky mansion, with grisly results. William Brent Bell is directing.
Jonathan Majors (White Boy Rick) is lined up to star in THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7, Aaron Sorkin's film about the notorious 1969 case in which the US government charged a group of political protesters with conspiracy. Eddie Redmayne is already on board.
Javier Gutierrez (Champions) and Mario Casas (The Skin of the Wolf) will star in HOGAR, a thriller about an out-of-work ad exec who begins stalking the young couple now living in his former house. Costars include Bruna Cusi (Summer 1993) and David Ramirez (Narcos). Directors Alex and David Pastor are currently filming in Barcelona.
And rumour has it that Natalie Portman will shoot some scenes as Padme Amidala for STAR WARS EPISODE IX. These are apparently dialog-free flashbacks linking her to her grandson Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). The film is currently in production with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Billy Dee Williams.
Keanu Reeves has landed a role in TOY STORY 4, although his role is being kept a secret for now. The film is a road movie once again featuring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts and Joan Cusack. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have also joined the cast.
Michelle Rodriguez and Norman Reedus will star in THE LIMIT, a virtual reality action movie by Robert Rodriguez that expands the image to 180 degrees. This will be one of the first narrative VR films with a Hollywood cast and crew.
Alessandro Nivola is up for a lead role in THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK, a 1960s-set drama that serves as a prequel to the TV series The Sopranos. It's about a gangster who builds a family business into a criminal organisation. Alan Taylor is directing from a script by series creator David Chase.
Alexandra Shipp, Nicholas Hamilton and DeRon Horton will star in the romantic drama ENDLESS, which is currently filming in British Columbia. It's about two teens who find themselves separated by the line between life and death. Scott Speer is directing.
Keeley Hawes is joining Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessie Buckley in MISBEHAVIOUR, the true story of a group of feminist activists who stormed the 1970 Miss World pageant in London. Philippa Lowthorpe is directing.
Martin Donovan, Kacey Rohl, Amber Anderson and Connor Jessup will star in BALDY, a drama about a dance student who pretends to have cancer to launch a fundraising campaign to pay her university tuition. Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis are writing and directing.
Jay Chou and Zoe Zhang have joined the cast of XXX 4, which is taking a decidedly Chinese turn with the involvement of Jackie Chan's production company. Vin Diesel is back as the beefy action man; DJ Caruso is directing.
Zackary Momoh (Seven Seconds) has joined the cast of DOCTOR SLEEP, based on the Stephen King novel that catches up with young Danny from The Shining. Ewan McGregor plays the adult Danny, and costars include Rebecca Ferguson, Jacob Tremblay and Bruce Greenwood.
Rachael Carpani (Against the Wall) is joining Ben Affleck in the drama TORRANCE, about a former basketball star who lost his career and family to addiction issues. To start over, he takes a job coaching the team at his old high school.
And singer-songwriter Jason Derulo will make his acting debut playing the rebellious Rum Tug Tugger in CATS, opposite Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and James Corden. Tom Hooper is directing.
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