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Tom Cruise may star in the musical comedy BOB THE MUSICAL, about a guy who, after a blow to the head, can suddenly hear the inner songs of everyone's heart. The script is by Allan Loeb, and Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) is being sought as director.
Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Melissa Leo, Marisa Tomei, Rafe Spall and Tracy Letts are set to star in THE BIG SHORT, a drama about a team of genius investors who figure out how to make a bundle of cash just before the financial collapse of 2008. Adam McKay is writing and directing.
After that, Gosling is also lined up to star with Harrison Ford in the BLADE RUNNER sequel. Virtually nothing is known about the script, which is by Michael Green and the 1982 film's cowriter Hampton Fancher. Denis Villeneuve is directing, while Ridley Scott produces.
Denzel Washington will be back for a sequel to THE EQUALIZER, who took out the entire Russian mob in last year's first film. There's no word yet on whether filmmaker Antoine Fuqua will be back behind the camera.
Common has joined SUICIDE SQUAD in a role that's being kept secret. This is David Ayer's film about DC Comics supervillains teaming up for secret missions. Filming is underway in Toronto with actors including Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Jai Courtney.
Meanwhile, Common will also star in Rob Reiner's BEING CHARLIE, about an 18-year-old (Nick Robinson) grappling with drugs, pushy parents and first love while in rehab. The film is currently shooting in Salt Lake City with a cast that includes Cary Elwes, Morgan Saylor, Devon Bostick, Susan Misner and Ricardo Chavira.
Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci have joined the ever-increasing cast of Disney's live-action remake of the animated musical fantasy BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star in the title roles, along with Luke Evans, Josh Gad and Ian McKellen.
Sam Claflin and Riz Ahmed are lined up for roles in STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE. Starring Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn, the film is being described as an action-heist caper set between episodes III and IV as the rebels try to steal the plans to the Death Star.
Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney will star in the supernatural thriller THE FOREST, about a woman who ventures alone into Japan's legendary Aokigahara Forest looking for her missing twin sister. Director Jason Zada starts filming next month in Serbia.
And Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will write and direct an animated SPIDER-MAN movie, which apparently will develop alongside (and be released one year after) the rebooted live-action Spider-man movie that Marvel is already working on.
Emma Stone and Steve Carell will play Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in BATTLE OF THE SEXES, a comedy about the tennis icons' notorious 1973 face-off. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are directing, with Danny Boyle producing. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti are set to play the roles in another film about the event.
Meanwhile, Carell will also star in Robert Zemeckis' feature film based on the 2010 documentary MARWENCOL, about a man whose memory is erased by a brutal attack, after which he turns to model building to find peace. The script is by Caroline Thompson.
Penelope Cruz and Billy Zane have been confirmed in the cast of ZOOLANDER 2, which Ben Stiller cowrote with Justin Theroux and has already started filming. He's rejoined on-screen by Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell and Christine Taylor, plus Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Cara Delevingne and Kanye West.
Noomi Rapace has landed the lead role in RUPTURE, a sci-fi thriller about a woman struggling to raise her son alone when she is kidnapped by a mysterious organisation that knows more about her than she does. Steven Shainberg is directing.
Douglas Booth, Olivia Cooke and Alan Rickman will star in THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM, a gothic mystery set in 1880 London as a series of murders is so ghastly that people begin to believe that they're being carried out by a mythical supernatural creature. Jane Goldman adapted the script from Peter Ackroyd's novel.
Russell Brand has joined Nicolas Cage in ARMY OF ONE, Larry Charles' black comedy based on a GQ article about an ex-con who attempted to travel to remote Pakistan to capture Osama bin Laden. Costars include Rainn Wilson, Ken Marino, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Denis O'Hare.
Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammer will voice characters in the animated comedy-adventure STORKS, which plays on the mythology of delivering newly born children to their parents. Doug Sweetland (Presto) is directing from a script by Nicholas Stoller.
Alessandro Nivola has landed the lead role as a fashion impresario in NEON DEMON, Nicolas Winding Refn's new film. The project reunites him with Ginger & Rosa costars Elle Fanning and Christina Hendricks.
Amanda Schull, Milo Ventimiglia, Shawn Ashmore, Jonathan Frakes and Bridget Regan will star in the thriller DEVIL'S GATE, set around the disappearance of a woman in North Dakota and the FBI agent who arrives to help the local cops find her. Director-cowriter Clay Staub starts filming next week in Winnipeg.
And Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner and Judd Hirsch are confirmed to be back for the INDEPENDENCE DAY sequel, reteaming with Jeff Goldblum and Vivica A Fox, plus new cast members Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Travis Tope and Joey King. Roland Emmerich is back as director.
Chris Pratt is lined up to star in THE REAL McCOY, a biopic about the iconic bootlegger whose life inspired the eponymous phrase. The script is being written by Bill Dubuque (The Judge).
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling will reteam for LA LA LAND, a romantic musical about show business by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash). Set in present-day Los Angeles, it's about a lonely, struggling actress who meets a hot jazz pianist.
Jennifer Lopez will star in MOTHERS I'D LIKE TO..., a comedy that's being described as Bridesmaids meets The First Wives Club. Lopez is also producing the film, which is being written by Mark Perez (Game Night).
Robert DeNiro will play Italian driver-engineer Enzo Ferrari in the cleverly titled biopic FERRARI, which will cover the car icon's career from the end of WWII into the 1980s. Michael Mann is directing.
Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin will team up for a remake of GOING IN STYLE, the 1979 comedy about three retirees who lose their pensions when the company they used to work for is sold to a foreign corporation. So they decide to rob the bank that's refusing to pay them. Zach Braff is directing from a script by Ted Melfi.
Kurt Russell and Dylan O'Brien are lined up to join Mark Wahlberg and Gina Rodriguez in DEEPWATER HORIZON, Peter Berg's dramatisation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion. The script is by Matthew Michael Carnahan.
Willem Dafoe is joining the cast of HUNTER KILLER, alongside Gerard Butler, Billy Bob Thornton and Common. It's about an elite US Navy unit trying to stop a renegade Russian military leader from starting World War III. Martin Campbell is directing.
Ed Skrein has landed the role as Ajax in the DEADPOOL movie currently in the works. Ryan Reynolds reprises the title role he played in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). Gina Carano, TJ Miller and Morena Baccarin costar.
Matthew Vaughn will direct a new FLASH GORDON movie, essentially rebooting the 1930s franchise (and 1980 film). The new story has been written by George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum), and it's likely that Vaughn and Jane Goldman will write the final script. Casting rumours should start any moment now.
And Rebel Wilson has confirmed that she will be back for PITCH PERFECT 3. The second film opens next month, reuniting Wilson, Anna Kendrick and the rest of the original cast. Even more telling is the fact that Hailee Steinfeld, who joins the franchise in Part 2, has signed a three-film deal.
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