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Jodie Foster will play The Nurse, the lead character in HOTEL ARTEMIS, a crime thriller set in a near-future parallel reality. Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) is writing and making his directing debut.
Isabelle Huppert and Gaspard Ulliel will star in the psychological thriller EVA, based on the novel about a femme fatale who ensnares a conniving star in Hollywood. It was previously adapted into a 1962 movie starring Jeanne Moreau. Benoit Jacquot is directing the remake.
Hugh Jackman has joined the cast of THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN, based on the novel about a teen cartoonist who leaves his Native American reservation in the Pacific Northwest to attend a mainstream high school. Novelist Sherman Alexie is writing the screenplay.
Joaquin Phoenix will reteam with Gus Van Sant to make DON'T WORRY, HE WON'T GET FAR ON FOOT. It's a biopic about the cartoonist John Callahan, who was an alcoholic by 12, became a quadriplegic after a car crash at 21 and rebuilt his life afterwards.
Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass may be back for another BOURNE movie. Apparently they're open to returning, but are waiting for producers to pitch them a solid story. Producer Frank Marshall also says it's unlikely that Jeremy Renner's spin-off character will be back.
Sacha Baron Cohen is teaming up with filmmaker Michael Winterbottom for GREED, a satirical comedy about a ruthless billionaire who shamelessly invests his money off-shore to avoid paying salaries or taxes.
Nicolas Cage will star in THE HUMANITY BUREAU, a thriller set in the near future, after climate change has caused serious problems around the world, and a new US government agency banishes unproductive citizens to a closed-in area. Sarah Lind and Jakob Davis costar in the film, which started filming this week in British Columbia.
John Goodman will star in CAPTIVE STATE, a sci-fi drama with a story that's being kept tightly under wraps. Rupert Wyatt is directing and has written the film with his wife Erica Beeney.
Carrie Coon will join James Franco, Jack Reynor, Dennis Quaid and Zoe Kravitz in KIN, a sci-fi thriller about an ex-con and his younger brother who go on the run from an angry criminal, federal agents and some alien soldiers. Josh Baker is directing.
And Billy Dee Williams will voice the villainous Two-Face in THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE. Intriguingly, he originally played the character, in his pre-villain incarnation Harvey Dent, in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman, but was replaced by Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face in Joel Schumacher's 1995 Batman Forever.
Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley will team up for CHAOS WALKING, a thriller set after a virus has killed all women and left all living creatures with the ability to hear each others' thoughts. Doug Liman is directing from a script by Charlie Kaufman and Jamie Linden.
Bradley Cooper will star in ATLANTIC WALL, a World War II drama about a paratrooper stranded behind enemy lines just before the D-Day invasion. Gavin O'Connor is directing from a Black List script by Zach Dean.
Rihanna is rumoured to be joining Rooney Mara and Adam Driver in the dramatic musical ANNETTE, about a stand-up comic who becomes a single dad when his opera singer wife dies. Leos Carax is writing and directing.
Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena will star in THE PACT, a comedy about three parents who learn that their daughters have made a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. Kay Cannon is making her directing debut.
Peter Facinelli will make his directing debut with BREAKING AND EXITING, a romantic comedy about two misfits who meed during a burglary. Jordan Hinson and Milo Gibson star in the film, which was written by Hinson.
Meanwhile, Milo Gibson (son of Mel) will also star in ALL THE DEVIL'S MEN, an action thriller about an American bounty hunter who tracks a rogue CIA operative to London. Gbenga Akinnagbe costars in the film, which is being written and directed by Matthew Hope.
Michel Huisman will join Lily James in THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, a post-war comedy-drama about a journalist writing a piece about a quirky book club on the Channel Island. Mike Newell is directing from a script by Don Roos and Tom Bezucha.
Reg E Cathey will play legendary bandleader Pope Dixon in FLOCK OF FOUR, a drama about a group of jazz-loving teens (newcomers Braeden Lemasters, Isaac Jay, Uriah Shelton and Dylan Snyder) who travel from their upscale home in Pasadena to a one-night-only show in 1959 South Central Los Angeles. Gregory Caruso is directing.
Jessica Rothe (La La Land) has landed the lead role in a musical remake of the 1983 comedy VALLEY GIRL, about a San Fernando teen who falls in love with a Hollywood punk rocker. Rachel Lee Goldenberg is directing from a script by Amy Talkington.
And barely glimpsed in in a photograph FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, Zoe Kravitz will have a much larger role in the sequel. The character is the former flame of Newt Scamanger (Eddie Redmayne). JK Rowling is writing the script, and David Yates will direct next summer.
Tilda Swinton will star in a new film version of AUNTIE MAME, which will be adapted from the original Patrick Dennis novel rather than the 1958 drama or 1974 musical. Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids) is writing the script with Stan Chervin (Moneyball).
Tom Hiddleston is set to reunite with filmmaker Ben Wheatley for HARD BOILED, based on the comic book about an insurance investigator who discovers that he's actually a killer robot tax collector who's the last hope to free robot-kind from enslavement.
Jessica Chastain will produce a drama about the BLACK MAMBAS, an all-female group of activists who protest the poaching of endangered animals in South Africa. The script is by playwright-actress Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead).
Elle Fanning is being lined up to star in BEWARE THAT GIRL, based on the novel about a poor student at a posh Manhattan school who worms her way into friendships with rich girls and also causes problems for the staff.
Oliver Platt and Connie Britten have joined the cast of PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMAN, the true story of the husband and wife psychologists (Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall) who created the iconic comic book character. Bella Heathcote costars in the film, which is directed by Angela Robinson.
Isabel Lucas, Chevy Chase, Keith David, Dennis Miller, George Wallace and model Solveig Mork Hansen will join the cast of THE OGILVY FORTUNE, a crime comedy starring Peter Fonda, Andrew Dice Clay, Richard Lewis and Holt McCallany. It's about the crazed rush to claim a pirate treasure hidden at a Caribbean island resort.
Vas Blackwood, Stephen Berkoff, Lauren Socha, Danielle Harold and Roland Manookian are lined up for FANGED UP, a British vampire prison comedy directed and cowritten by Daniel O'Reilly. The cast also includes Terry Stone, Stephen Marcus, Chris R Wright, Huw Samuel, Anto Sharp, wrestler Stu Bennett and boxer Joe Egan.
Writer-director Adam McKay is planning to make a movie about former US vice president DICK CHENEY. The film will apparently deal with how and why Cheney changed America's image around the world with a variety of controversial intelligence gathering methods. Brad Pitt is producing.
Wong Kar-wai is set to direct GUCCI, a drama tracing the history of the fashion family. The story will centre on Maurizio Gucci, grandson of the label's founder, who was murdered by his ex-wife in 1995.
And the sixth film in the franchise will be STEP UP CHINA, jumping the Pacific to focus on the movies' biggest fans. The new film will be set in both Los Angeles and Beijing, directed by action choreographer Ron Yuan (Wild Card) from a script by Li Wei. Apparently this one will be a mash-up of dance and martial arts.
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