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D A T E L I N E :   1 0   J A N U A R Y . . .

Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear are lined up to star in MEN, about a young woman who heads off on her own for a holiday in the English countryside after the death of her ex-husband. Alex Garland is writing and directing.


Catherine Zeta-Jones is joining the cast of the crime thriller series PRODIGAL SON, playing the new boss of Michael Sheen's psychiatrist, who has been assigned to bedpan duty but proves himself to be helpful at treating patients.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw will star in THE GIRL BEFORE, based on the novel about a traumatised woman who moves into a high-tech house in which she has to follow a strict set of rules. Then she learns that the previous tenant died there. Lisa Bruhlmann (Killing Eve) is directing.
Lashana Lynch (No Time to Die) is set to play Miss Honey in Matthew Warchus' film of the stage musical MATILDA, based on the classic Roald Dahl novel about a 5-year-old girl who outsmarts both her cruel parents and sadistic headmistress. An earlier rumour had Ralph Fiennes set to play Miss Trunchbull.
Jovan Adepo (Watchmen) has joined Shailene Woodley and Ben Mendelsohn in MISANTHROPE, a thriller about a troubled cop who is recruited by the FBI to track down a serial killer. Damian Szifron is directing.
Tom Sizemore and Martin Kove will reteam for I AM A MAN, a biopic about Standing Bear, the Ponca chief who took the state of Nebraska to court in 1879, arguing that Native Americans deserve to be recognised as "persons within the meaning of the law". Andrew Troy is writing and directing.
Isabella Amara is joining the cast of VENGEANCE, a horror thriller starring BJ Novak, Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher and Boyd Holbrook. The premise is being kept under wraps, as debut writer-director Novak is currently shooting the film in New Mexico.
Michael Hasselhoff says that he has "an emotional hand" in a KNIGHT RIDER movie that's in development. Screenwriter TJ Fixman is a fan of the 1980s action TV series about a wealthy crime-fighter and his artificially intelligent car. James Wan is producing.
Michael Waldron is writing a new STAR WARS film, which is being developed and produced by Marvel's Kevin Feige. Waldron's Marvel experience includes writing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and being creator and head-writer for the Loki series.
And the Monty Python stage musical SPAMALOT is heading to the big screen. Loosely based on the 1975 movie classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the show also incorporates several other iconic Python moments. Broadway veteran Casey Nicholaw will direct the film, with Eric Idle adapting the screenplay.

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D A T E L I N E :   6   J A N U A R Y . . .

Tiffany Haddish will star in LANDSCAPE WITH INVISIBLE HAND, set in a near-future in which aliens have taken over the world. And they become fascinated by a teen and his girlfriend who are broadcasting their dating life. Cory Finley (Bad Education) is writing and directing.


Meryl Streep, Rashida Jones and Laverne Cox will produce the doc SELL/BUY/DATE, based on the stage play exploring the sex industry through themes of race, feminism, crime and poverty. Tony-winning director Sarah Jones is making her feature film debut.
Cary Elwes is joining Guy Ritchie's thriller FIVE EYES, alongside Jason Statham and Aubrey Plaza. It's about a global intelligence group that recruits a MI6 tough guy to stop the sale of a potentially devastating new weapon technology.
Rowan Atkinson is developing an animated movie starring MR BEAN. After all these years, Atkinson feels that he's more equipped to voice the character for an animated adventure than take on the slapstick in the real world.
Rhys Darby will reteam with his Flight of the Conchords cohort Taika Waititi, who's directing OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH, loosely based on the true story of an 18th century gentleman farmer who has a midlife crisis and becomes a marauding pirate.
Thaddeus Street (The Deuce) has joined the cast of THE SURVIVALIST, a thriller set during a pandemic outbreak. The film also stars John Malkovich, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ruby Modine. Jon Keeyes is directing from a script by Matthew Rogers.
Shahab Hosseini (The Salesman) will star in a biopic about Iranian-American physicist Ali Javan, who made a pioneering series of discoveries involving lasers, quantum physics and spectroscopy. Kourosh Ahari (The Night) is writing and directing.
Noma Dumezweni (The Undoing) is joining the cast of Disney's live-action remake of THE LITTLE MERMAID. The film stars Halle Bailey, Melissa McCarthy and Javier Bardem, and is being directed by Rob Marshall. Lin-Manuel Miranda is writing new songs with Alan Menken.
Robert Rodriguez is developing a sequel to his young superhero adventure WE CAN BE HEROES, which also includes characters from his earlier films like Spy Kids and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl.
And a movie based on RUBIK'S CUBE is in the works, centring on the the cubes that have sold around the world over nearly 50 years, sparking speed-cubers championships. Ashok Amritraj is producing the film, and also planning a tie-in TV game show.

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D A T E L I N E :   3 0   D E C E M B E R . . .

Channing Tatum will star with Sandra Bullock in THE LOST CITY OF D, an adventure rom-com about a romance novelist who ends up lost in the jungle with the hunk who modelled for her book cover. Adam and Aaron Nee are directing.


Unsurprisingly, Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins are already set to return to make a third WONDER WOMAN movie. Jenkins has hinted that Kristen Wiig may be back as Cheetah, but there's no word yet on whether they'll resurrect Chris Pine again, or if perhaps catch up with Justice League.
Michael Jordan and Tessa Thompson will be back for CREED III, and now it's looking official that Jordan will make his directing debut with the film. There's no word yet if Sylvester Stallone will be back, although he did play Rocky in all eight of the previous films.
Kelvin Harrison Jr will play BB King in Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS biopic, which centres on the rise to stardom of the iconic singer (Austin Butler) and his relationship with Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). Costars include David Wenham, Richard Roxburgh, Olivia DeJonge, Xavier Samuel and Luke Bracey.
Danny Glover and Mel Gibson will reunite with 90-year-old director Richard Donner for a fifth and final instalment in the LETHAL WEAPON franchise, 22 years after the last movie. Word has it that the story is relevant to current events.
Mona Zaki, Adel Karam, Eyad Nassar, Diamand Bou Abboud, George Khabbaz and Nadine Labaki will star in PERFECT STRANGERS, an all-star Arabic-language remake of the 2018 Italian hit about long-time friends who share all phone and text conversations with each other for an evening.
Darren Aronofsky and cinematographer Matthew Libatique will reunite to make a new film, which is of course being kept deeply under wraps. The only thing anyone knows about the project is that it's a "small film".
After their 2011 film Contagion took on new relevance this year, Steven Soderbergh and Scott Z Burns are reteaming to make a companion piece that they stress is not a direct sequel. Soderbergh calls it "the next iteration of a Contagion-type story".
Brian Duffield (Love and Monsters) will write a screenplay based on the fantasy novel THE THIEF, the first in a six-novel series about a charismatic young outlaw who is coerced into taking on a quest for a legendary object, then finds himself in the middle of a complex political conspiracy.
And the delayed release date for Daniel Craig's final James Bond adventure NO TIME TO DIE has given the pundits more time for conjecture about who will take on the role next. James Norton is currently at the top of the odds list, followed by Tom Hardy, Idris Elba and Sam Heughan.

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D A T E L I N E :   2 7   D E C E M B E R . . .

Greta Gerwig and Adam Driver will team up to star in Noah Baumbach's new film. There's no word yet on the plot, but casting is underway on four more characters who are siblings. Gerwig and Driver have separately starred in previous Baumbach projects.


Millie Bobby Brown will star in THE ELECTRIC STATE, based on the graphic novel set in a society in which humans and robots live alongside each other. The story follows a teen girl and her robot best friend who set out to find her missing brother. Joe and Anthony Russo are directing.
Meanwhile, Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura, Julia Butters and Bollywood star Dhanush have joined the cast of the Russo brothers' THE GRAY MAN, an international thriller starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans as former CIA operatives hunting each other around the world. Ana De Armas costars.
Letitia Wright, Bonny Cannavale, Pharrell Williams, Bono and Halsey have joined the vocal cast of SING 2, a sequel to the animated musical. Returning voices include Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton. Garth Jennings is writing and directing.
Noomi Rapace will take the title role in a gender-swapped version of William Shakespeare's existential tragedy HAMLET, which is being made by Danish-Iranian filmmaker Ali Abbasi (Border). Icelandic screenwriter Sjon (The Northman) is writing the script.
John Malkovich and Jonathan Rhys Meyers will star in THE SURVIVALIST, set 18 months after civilisation collapses due to a pandemic, and everyone wants to get their hands on a woman with natural immunity. Jon Keeyes is directing.
Stephen Merchant has joined the cast of A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS, the all-star holiday adventure starring Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent, Kristen Wiig, Sally Hawkins, Michel Huisman, Toby Jones and newcomer Henry Lawfull. It's an origin story about Santa, written and directed by Gil Kenan.
Ben Stiller will direct the crime drama THE SEVEN FIVE, based on the documentary about a group of corrupt cops in a New York precinct in the 1980s whose arrest exposed widespread corruption in the force. The script is by Tony McNamara.
Neal McDonough and Christiane Seidel will star in BOON, a Western-style sequel to Red Stone, which takes place in the distant future as a henchman and a preacher team up to protect their lives. McDonough is also producing and writing the script with returning director Derek Presley.
And Seth MacFarlane is rebooting the REVENGE OF THE NERDS franchise with a new film starring Keith and Kenny Lucas (22 Jump Street), who are also writing the script with Alex Rubens (Key and Peele). The new film will centre on geek culture in the 21st century.

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