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Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy will lead THUNDER FORCE, an action comedy in which the two stars get superpowers. The plot is being kept under wraps. Ben Falcone is writing and directing.
Awkwafina and Ike Barinholtz will team up for CRIME AFTER CRIME, a caper comedy about a true-crime podcast host who helps a convict prove his innocence after he escapes from prison and turns up at her house.
Rachel Weisz and David Harbour are lined up for roles in BLACK WIDOW, the spin-off adventure centring on Scarlett Johansson's Avengers character, who grew up as a KGB spy. Florence Pugh costars in the film, which is being directed by Cate Shortland.
Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski and Cheryl Hines will once again play the mothers of Kathryn Hahn, Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell in BAD MOMS' MOMS, a third film in the comedy series. The last one ended with the grandmothers planning a trip to Vegas.
Kumail Nanjiani will star in ANY PERSON LIVING OR DEAD, about a reclusive scientist who uses a homemade time machine to solve humanity's problems with the help of Shakespeare, Aristotle and other historical figures who react badly to time travel. Jonathan Krisel is directing.
Queen Latifah will star in the comedy PAPER CHASE, about a teen girl who is looking forward to reinventing herself at university. Short on cash, she and her friends throw a party to raise money to pay her tuition fees. Angela Tucker is directing.
Alison Brie, Molly Shannon, Adam Brody, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bo Burnham, Connie Britton, Sam Richardson, Jennifer Coolidge and Laverne Cox are joining the cast of PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN, a thriller starring Carey Mulligan as a young woman who responds to tragedy by taking revenge on predatory men.
Cillian Murphy has joined Emily Blunt in the A QUIET PLACE sequel, which will tell another story from the near-future world occupied by murderous sound-sensitive aliens. Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe will be back as well, as is John Krasinski as writer and director.
Sam Worthington, Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi and Indira Varma have joined the cast of DREAMLAND, the multistrand drama set around the opioid crisis. Armie Hammer, Gary Oldman, Evangeline Lilly, Greg Kinnear, Michelle Rodriguez and Lily Rose Depp are already on board. Nicholas Jarecki is directing.
And Vin Diesel seems to have landed a role in James Cameron's AVATAR sequels, although the nature of the role is unknown. Worthington is back, along with Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang, plus Kate Winslet and Edie Falco.
Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand will face off for a new movie version of William Shakespeare's classic power struggle drama MACBETH. Joel Coen is writing and directing, and it's the first film he's made without his brother Ethan.
Tom Hanks is lined up to play Colonel Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, in a new biopic about Presley that's being directed by Baz Luhrmann, who apparently plans to cast a newcomer in the lead role. The script is by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce.
Ryan Reynolds and Taika Waititi are reuniting for FREE GUY, an action comedy about a guy who realises that he's just a background character in a videogame, but now he has to try to save the game from being shut down. Costars include Jodie Comer and Lil Rel Howery. Sean Levy is directing.
Rosario Dawson and Joey Lauren Adams will reprise their roles for JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT, Kevin Smith's latest comedy, which is just wrapping up principle shooting in New Orleans. Smith and Jason Mewes are back in the title roles, and the cast is packed with starry cameos.
Pierce Brosnan and Justin Theroux will join the horror movie FALSE POSITIVE, which also stars Ilana Glazer, Sophia Bush, Gretchen Mol, Josh Hamilton and Zainab Jah. Filming began this week.
Jai Courtney will be back as Captain Boomerang in THE SUICIDE SQUAD, James Gunn's cleverly titled sequel to Suicide Squad, which is hoping to reboot the franchise. Margot Robbie will also be back, and Idris Elba is taking on the role of Deadshot.
Julia Stiles and Kelsey Grammer are joining THE GOD COMMITTEE, which traces a hospital officials deciding which patient will receive a heart transplant, as well as the impact of their decisions several years later. Costars include Janeane Garofalo, Colman Domingo and Dan Hedaya. Austin Stark is writing and directing.
Betty Gilpin is joining the cast of THE HUNT, the political thriller exploring the increasing divide between America's right and left. Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, Ike Barinholtz, Glen Howerton and Josh Radnor costar. Craig Zobel is directing.
McKenna Grace is lined up to play the lead in GHOSTBUSTERS 3, a sequel to the 1980s films with no connection to the more recent reboot. The film also stars Finn Wolfhard and Carrie Coon. Jason Reitman is directing.
And Mark Hamill will voice killer doll Chucky in the CHILD'S PLAY remake, which stars Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry and Gabriel Bateman. The 1988 original spawned a long series of sequels, and producers are hoping lightning strikes twice. Lars Klevberg is directing.
Michael B Jordan is set to star in METHUSALEH, the long-gestating project about a man who lives through four centuries without showing his age. Apparently producer David Heyman plans to set this up as a potential franchise.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden and Daniel Mays have joined the cast of 1917, which follows two British soldiers (George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) through one momentous day during the Great War. Sam Mendes is directing.
Toni Collette, Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons and David Thewlis will star in I'm THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, based on the novel about a young couple that takes a terrifying detail on the way to a farm to meet the parents. Writer-director Charlie Kaufman started filming this week.
Angelina Jolie is up for a role in THE ETERNALS, based on the comics about superpowers passed down through the generations after aliens visited prehistoric Earth. Chloe Zhao is directing from a script by Matthew and Ryan Firpo.
Rupert Everett, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Tomasz Kot, Kylie Bunbury and Garance Marillier have joined WARNING, a sci-fi thriller set in the near future. The film also stars Alex Pettyfer, Alice Eve, Annabelle Wallis, Benedict Samuel, Charlotte Le Bon and Thomas Jane. Director Agata Alexander has just started filming in Poland.
Sonequa Martin-Green is joining the cast of the SPACE JAM sequel, in which Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes characters will team up with basketball star LeBron James to fight some sort of world-threatening villain. Terence Nance is directing; Ryan Coogler is producing.
Alex Wolff is joining the cast of THE LINE, a university-set thriller starring John Malkovich, Scoot McNairy, Jessica Barden and Lewis Pullman. Before that, Wolff will star in CASTLE IN THE GROUND, crime drama that also stars Imogen Poots, Neve Campbell, Tom Cullen and Keir Gilchrist.
Laura Linney, Hannah Gross and Terry Chen have joined Viggo Mortensen and Lance Henriksen in FALLING, which traces a man's relationship with his ageing father. Mortensen is making his directing debut with the film, which is now shooting in Toronto.
Vanessa Kirby will star in STARDREAM, an artificial intelligence thriller about a computer failure on a space ship transporting cryogenically frozen people off an uninhabitable Earth. Bjorn Runge is directing.
And Ben Affleck and director Gavin O'Connor are working on ideas for a sequel to their 2016 thriller THE ACCOUNTANT, about an autistic maths savant who cooks books for crime organisations and also works as a super-efficient assassin.
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