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Hilary Swank will star in I AM MOTHER, a sci-fi thriller about a teen girl (Clara Rugaard) raised underground by a robot as part of a plan to repopulate the post-apocalyptic earth. Then a stranger offers an alternate reality. Aussie newcomer Grant Sputore is directing.
Morgan Freeman will play Colin Powell in the cleverly titled POWELL, a biopic about the former US Secretary of State who presented George W Bush's flawed case for the Iraq invasion to the UN. Reginald Hudlin is directing from a script by Ed Whitworth.
Monica Bellucci may be back for the next JAMES BOND film, reprising her role as Lucia, the widow rescued and seduced by Daniel Craig's 007. A director has yet to be announced, but work is underway on the script and pre-production.
Sarah Paulson, Jacki Weaver, Trevante Rhodes, Lil Rel Howery, Rosa Salazar and Danielle Macdonald have joined Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich in the sci-fi thriller BIRD BOX, about aliens who invade earth, driving them to violence by simply looking at them. Susanne Bier is directing.
Dave Bautista will join Jamie Foxx to voice multiple characters in GROOVE TAILS, an animated action comedy about a street dance competition between mice. Cameron Hood is directing, with music by Jingle Punks.
Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Margaret Qualley and James Badge Dale will star in DONNYBROOK, a dark thriller about a man trying to win a backwoods bare-knuckle fight so he can help his family. Director Tim Sutton starts filming next week in Cincinnati.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead will star in ALL ABOUT NINA, as a stand-up comic whose career takes off just as her personal life falls apart. Costars include Common, Beau Bridges, Chace Crawford, Clea DuVall, Jay Mohr, Melonie Diaz, Camryn Manheim and Mindy Sterling. Eva Vives is writing and directing.
Eddie Izzard will star in THE CALL BACK, as a British actor who causes chaos when he returns to Australia and re-enters the life of his ex, a local restauranteur (Emily Taheny) struggling with debt. Marion Pilowsky is writing and directing.
Selma Blair will produce and possibly star in THE LOST, based on the novel about a woman who runs away from her depressing life and finds herself in a strange town that collects everything that's gone missing, from keys to luggage to people.
And Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg are being considered for roles in DETECTIVE PIKACHU, an animated adventure based on the Pokemon spin-off about the iconic yellow character who solves mysteries with a human sidekick. Rob Letterman is directing.
Cher has joined the cast of MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, the sequel again starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Dominic Cooper and Stellan Skarsgard. Ol Parker is writing and directing.
Angelina Jolie will produce and voice a character in THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, a live-action/animation drama based on the true story of a captive gorilla who spent 27 years in a glass enclosure in a shopping mall. Thea Sharrock is directing from a script by Mike White.
Riz Ahmed is lined up to play HAMLET in a new movie version of Shakespeare's play, which will be set in present-day London. The screenplay is by Mike Lesslie, who wrote the 2015 Macbeth.
Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar and Esther Garrel may return for a sequel to their award-winning festival hit CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, as director Luca Guadagnino says he would like to continue the story based on a 15-years-later coda in the source novel.
Tina Fey will produce and Jay Roach will direct the drama 67 SHOTS, based on the true story of the National Guard firing into a crowd of peaceful protestors at Kent State University in 1970. Stephen Belber is writing the script.
Mike Epps, Katt Williams, Zulay Henao, Bresha Webb and Andrew Bachelor will star in THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR, a sequel to the 2016 horror comedy Meet the Blacks. It's about a man who moves his family to his hometown to quietly write a book, then becomes convinced that his neighbour is a vampire. Deon Taylor is back as director.
Gong Li is teaming up with director Martin Campbell and writer Richard Wenk (The Equalizer) for the action thriller ANA (not to be confused with Luc Besson's forthcoming action thriller ANNA). There's no word on the plot, but before this Campbell will make TREASURE OF ALI BABA AND THE 40 THIEVES.
Travis Fimmel, Finn Cole, Darby Camp and Kerry Condon have joined Margot Robbie in the thriller DREAMLAND, about a teen boy in the 1930s trying to win a reward for capturing a fugitive bank robber who is more than she seems to be. Miles Joris-Peyrafitte is directing.
Raymond Cruz (Breaking Bad) will play a priest turned shaman in the horror thriller THE CHILDREN, about a social worker (Linda Cardellini) investigating the disappearance of two children. Sean Patrick Thomas and Patricia Velasquez costar in the film, which will be directed by Michael Chaves.
And word has it that Marvel is considering an all-female superhero movie, led by Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie, soon to be seen in Thor: Ragnarok. In the LADY LIBERATORS comics, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Medusa (Serinda Swan) were also on the team.
Gal Gadot is being lined up to star in RUIN, a thriller set just after WWII as a repentant Nazi travels around Europe hunting down and killing his former team of SS officers. Justin Kurzel is directing.
Keira Knightley will play a spy in a new drama written by Camilla Blackett (Newsroom). There's no word on specific plot details.
Tommy Lee Jones will join Casey Affleck in STONER, based on the 1965 novel about a poor farmer who becomes a famed academic in the early part of the 20th century. Joe Wright is directing from a script by Andrew Bovell.
Jessica Williams, Victoria Yeates and Brontis Jodorowsky have joined the FANTASTIC BEASTS sequel, which once again stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler and Carmen Ejogo, plus Jude Law, Callum Turner and Zoe Kravitz.
Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz will star in WE ARE UNSATISFIED, a comedy about a struggling stand-up comic who is forced to move back home to Long Island, where he befriends a drunk dermatologist. Newcomer Matt Ratner is directing.
Kristen Bell and Will Arnett have joined the voice cast of TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES, an animated feature based on the TV series about a crime-fighting superhero roommates. The show's cast are on board as well, including Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong and Hynden Walch.
Aneurin Barnard is joining Ansel Elgort in THE GOLDFINCH, about a boy who steals the eponymous painting after he is orphaned in a museum bombing, then spends years trying to work out what it means. John Crowley is directing.
Linda Cardellini will star in THE CHILDREN, a horror movie about a social worker investigating the disappearance of two young kids when she uncovers a threat to her own family. Michael Chaves is directing.
Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) will direct and Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride) will write a new animated film based on THE ADDAMS FAMILY, the classic New Yorker comic panels that have previously been turned into a 1960s TV series and two films in the 1990s.
And Lionel Ritchie is developing a biopic about musician Curtis Mayfield, who began writing songs at 11 before joining his first band at 14. He went on to write several classics, including iconic film scores, and kept performing after being paralysed in a stage accident.
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