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Meghan Markle will provide a voiceover for an untitled Disney film that's connected to her work with the charity Elephants Without Borders. Apparently, this deal was signed before she and Prince Harry decided to pull back from their full-time royal duties.
Aunjanue Ellis has joined the cast of KING RICHARD, which stars Will Smith as the father of Venus and Serena Williams (Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton). The story follows his plan to make his daughters the best tennis players in the world. Reinaldo Marcus Green is directing.
Miriam Shor, Sophie Rundle, Ethan Peck and Tim Russ have joined GOOD MORNING MIDNIGHT, about an Arctic scientist (George Clooney) trying to prevent an astronaut (Felicity Jones) and her crew from returning to earth after a global catastrophe. Costars include David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler and Demian Bichir. Clooney is directing.
Melanie Laurent will write and direct the thriller THE MAD WOMAN'S BALL, based on the novel set in 19th century Paris, as women who are considered rebellious are sent to a mental hospital that organises a prestigious annual party for the social elite.
Robert Zemeckis will direct the sci-fi adventure ARES, about an astronaut who survives a crash into the African desert, but begins to suspect that his mission was part of a global conspiracy. The script is by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel).
Saturday Night Live writers Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell are working on the script for a remake of SPACE CAMP, the 1986 adventure about a group of teens visiting Cape Canaveral when they're accidentally launched into space.
After Travis Knight dropped out, it looks like Ruben Fleischer will direct the UNCHARTED movie starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. It's based on the videogame about a treasure hunter who travels the world looking for priceless artefacts.
Writers Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel (Seberg) will write THE GREAT MACHINE, an adaptation of the sci-fi comic book Ex Machina. It's about a former superhero who becomes New York mayor after 9/11. Then the source of his powers returns to claim its debt.
Director Harry Bradbeer (Fleabag) and writer Jack Thorne (The Aeronauts) will team up for the thriller SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON, based on the 1961 novel about a medium who convinces her husband to kidnap a child so she can help the police solve the crime.
Isla Fisher and Jillian Bell will star in the comedy GODMOTHERED, about an inexperienced fairy trying to prove herself by helping a young girl. But she turns out to now be a grown woman. Sharon McGuire (Bridget Jones) is directing.
Nicholas Hoult has joined the cast of the seventh MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movie, which is expected to start shooting soon, back-to-back with an eighth film. Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and director Christopher McQuarrie are returning, plus Hayley Atwell, Shea Wigham and Pom Klementieff.
Sense8 stars Max Reimelt and Toby Onwumere will reteam with Lana Wachowski for the fourth MATRIX movie, starring alongside Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff and Jessica Henwick. Filming gets underway soon.
Bruce Campbell may appear in TWILIGHT OF THE MALLRATS, Kevin Smith's sequel to his 1995 comedy. Apparently, Campbell asked for a role, and Smith wants him to play himself in the film, which will again star Jason Lee and a probable line-up of A-list cameos.
Maddie Baillio and Charlotte Spencer will play the stepsisters in writer-director Kay Cannon's musical-comedy take on CINDERELLA, which stars Camila Cabello along with Pierce Brosnan, Idina Menzel, Billy Porter and Nicholas Galitzine. James Corden is producing.
Jay Roach is working on what he says will be an epic comedy musical that he plans to make as a full-on Busby Berkeley-style spectacle. He says he has been working to develop the script while making other projects over the last couple of years.
Niki Koss (Famous in Love) will make her feature directing debut with NIGHT NIGHT, a psychological thriller about a woman (Brenna D'Amico) who, after a terrible car crash, wakes into a nightmarish survival ordeal. Eric Roberts, Tony Todd and Brooke Anne Smith costar.
And after he makes the big-screen FLASH movie with Ezra Miller, which will be based on the Flashpoint comics, filmmaker Andy Muschietti is planning to remake the werewolf horror thriller THE HOWLING.
Regina King will make her feature directing debut with ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI, based on the play about icons who meet up in a hotel 1964. The film stars Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X, Eli Goree as Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali), Aldis Hodge as Jim Brown and Leslie Odom Jr as Sam Cooke.
Timothee Chalamet will play the young Bob Dylan in the biopic GOING ELECTRIC, which is set in 1965 as the folk music star causes controversy by swapping his acoustic guitar for an electric one. James Mangold is directing from a script by Jay Cocks.
Christian Bale is set to join the cast of THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER, Taika Waititi's follow-up to Ragnarok, again starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson, plus others from the Marvel universe. There's no word on what Bale's role might be.
Patricia Arquette has joined Adam Scott in the workplace thriller SEVERANCE, about a man with a dark past who tries to keep himself on-track as his company tries to adjust its employees' work-life balance. Ben Stiller is directing.
Alison Brie, Lee Pace and Riz Ahmed have joined the English-language voice cast of WEATHERING WITH YOU, the acclaimed Japanese animated adventure, which opens in the US and UK next week. Brandon Engman and Ashley Boettcher are voicing the teen lead characters.
Leven Rambin has joined the cast of the fifth movie in THE PURGE franchise, which also stars Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Emily Trujillo and Gregory Zaragoza. Everado Gout is directing from a script by series creator James DeMonaco.
Playwright Jeremy O Harris will write the script for THE NEW WORLD, based on the futuristic graphic novel following a young couple that goes on the run after trying to navigate new social rules that have taken over the culture.
Rodney Barnes (The Boondocks) will write a Detroit-set monster movie that will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island). The premise is being kept under wraps, but Michael B Jordan is producing the film, and may have a role on-screen as well.
And Sam Raimi is returning to the EVIL DEAD franchise, developing a new film in the series with lead actor Bruce Campbell and producer Robert Tapert. It's unclear whether this will be a sequel to the original series of films or the 2013 reboot, or perhaps a new spin-off.
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beyond the big screen...
Winter TV roundup
His Dark Materials, The Mandalorian, The Crown, Watchmen and more...
Exhibition: Dancing queens
Abba: Super Troupers at the O2
until 31st August 2020...
STAGE: A naughty Christmas wish - Pinocchio: No Strings Attached at Above the Stag, Vauxhall...
STAGE: Detoxifying masculinity - Joe Moran's Arrangement at Lilian Baylos Studio, Sadler's Wells...
STAGE: A heart-stopping moment - Stop Kiss at Above the Stag, Vauxhall
SCREEN: Autumn TV Roundup - The Boys, Euphoria, Catch-22, Stranger Things, Pose, more...
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