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Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer are teaming up to write a comedy together, and then star in it as sisters. There's no word yet on the plot, but they are currently putting the final touches on the script.
Bryan Cranston will join James Franco in the comedy WHY HIM? He'll play a Midwestern guy who clashes with his daughter's tech-billionaire boyfriend. John Hamburg is writing and directing. Cranston and Franco are currently in production on IN DUBIOUS BATTLE, which Franco is also writing and directing.
Joaquin Phoenix will reteam with M Night Shyamalan for a Philadelphia-set thriller. The title and plot are being kept under wraps. The two previously worked together on Signs and The Village. Jason Blum is producing.
Anne Hathaway will produce and star in THE SHOWER, a sci-fi action comedy about a baby shower that's interrupted by an alien invasion. And the women are the only ones who can stop it.
Will Poulter, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall and Keith Stanfield will join Brad Pitt and Scoot McNairy in WAR MACHINE, a satirical black comedy about America's military approach to occupying Afghanistan. Director David Michod starts filming this week.
Parker Posey, Chris O'Dowd, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Bob Balaban and John Michael Higgins will reunite with actor-filmmaker Christopher Guest for MASCOTS, an improvised comedy set at an international competition for sports-team mascots.
John C Reilly will star in the Western THE SISTERS BROTHERS, a blackly comical thriller about siblings hired to kill a prospector during the California Gold Rush. The film will be the English-language debut of award-winning French filmmaker Jacques Audiard.
Clive Owen will join Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in VALERIAN, a sci-fi epic based on the classic French comic strip about an agent from the future who travels through space and time. Luc Besson is directing.
Daniel Bruhl and Johan Heldenbergh will join Jessica Chastain in THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE, based on the true story of how the Warsaw Zoo was adapted to rescue some 300 Jews from the ghetto after the Nazis occupied the city in 1939. Director Niki Caro starts filming next month.
Rising star Luke Bracey will join Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington in HACKSAW RIDGE, the story of the first conscientious objector to be awarded the American Medal of Honour. Mel Gibson is directing.
And since every successful film must have a sequel, plans are already afoot to make a follow-up to STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, picking up the story to trace the careers of the likes of Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and Warren G. But Ice Cube insists this is an unfounded rumour.
Christian Bale will reteam with director Michael Mann to make FERRARI, a biopic about automotive magnate Enzo Ferrari. The project has been in the works for some 15 years. It's set in 1957, as the car-maker's team stormed the fledgling Formula 1 championship.
Vin Diesel will return for the cleverly titled XXX 3: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE, which will appear 15 years after the last movie about the super spy with a penchant for extreme sports. Filming kicks off in the Philippines in December.
Lea Seydoux is joining Channing Tatum in the X-men spin-off GAMBIT. She'll play Benna Donna, who meets Gambit when they're both children and goes on to head up the Assassins Guild. Rupert Wyatt is directing.
Rebecca Ferguson and Haley Bennett (The Equalizer) will join Emily Blunt in THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, based on the bestseller about a woman who creates a fantasy life for a family she sees every day on her rail commute, then becomes drawn into a mystery. Tate Taylor is directing from a script by Erin Cressida Wilson.
Jane Lynch, JK Simmons, Ken Marino, Maria Bello, Kumail Nanjiani and Brittany Snow are joining Johnny Simmons in THE LATE BLOOMER, based on the true story of a therapist who had a brain tumour that kept him from going through puberty until it was removed when he was 27. Kevin Pollak is directing.
John Boyega is joining Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in THE CIRCLE, based on the Dave Eggers novel about an internet operating system that links email, banking and social media, and essentially obliterates privacy in the process. James Ponsoldt is directing.
Freddie Highmore, Haley Joel Osment and Odeya Rush will star in HOLDING PATTERNS, a comedy-drama about guy in his mid-20s who still lives at home and still has his hope set on winning a girl away from her boyfriend.
Zoe Kazan, Scott Speedman, Aaron Douglas and Ella Ballentine will star in THE STRANGERS, a horror movie about a mother and daughter who are captured and tormented by a mythical creature. Director Brian Bertino (There Are Monsters) is currently filming in Canada.
Luke Treadaway and Ruta Gedmintas will star in A STREET CAT NAMED BOB, based on the true story of a poor young guy who rescues an injured stray cat and nurses him back to health before embarking on a series of adventures. Roger Spottiswoode is directing.
And word has it that Peter Cushing will make a posthumous appearance in STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE. It will be a digital re-creation of his iconic Episode IV Death Star commander Grand Moff Tarkin. Cushing died in 1994.
Jennifer Hudson is lined up to play Aretha Franklin in a biopic that will follow the iconic singer's rise to fame in the 1960s and 70s, as well as her abusive marriage to Ted White. Franklin is involved in developing the project.
Squeezing a film in between his next Avengers outings, Chris Evans will star in GIFTED, a drama about a man trying to maintain custody of his brilliant young niece. Marc Webb is directing from a script by Tom Flynn.
Meanwhile, Rosamund Pike and Jeff Bridges are lined up to join Miles Teller in Webb's next film, THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK, an offbeat drama about a young man who finds out that his father is having an affair, then ends up in a relationship with the other woman as well.
In addition, Teller is lined up for the lead role in THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, a dark drama about post traumatic stress, following three American soldiers who struggle to integrate into their old lives after serving in Iraq. Writer Jason Hall (American Sniper) is making his directing debut.
Laura Linney has joined Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart in SULLY, a drama about the passenger jet pilot who made an emergency landing in the Hudson River in 2009. Clint Eastwood is directing.
Dwayne Johnson will star in JUNGLE CRUISE, based on the Disney theme park ride, which sends visitors down the Amazon, Nile and Congo rivers. John Requa and Glenn Ficarra are working on the script, which is apparently being set in the same period as The African Queen.
Sharon Stone, Dorian Brown and Tommy Flanagan will star in RUNNING WILD, a Western about a widow struggling to save her ranch by hiring a team of convicts. Director Alex Ranarivelo started filming this week.
Samantha Morton has joined the cast of FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, the Harry Potter prequel that started filming in London this week. The film also stars Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol.
Orlando Bloom is returning to sea, reteaming with Johnny Depp for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES after skipping the last movie. Geoffrey Rush is also back, plus newcomers Kaya Scodelario, Javier Bardem, David Wenham and Brenton Thwaites. Production is underway.
And Jemaine Clement, Taiki Waititi and Rhys Darby will be back for a sequel to WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, following the continuing adventures of vampires and werewolves confronting modern life in New Zealand.
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