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Word has it that Daniel Craig will be back for the next James Bond film, which is scheduled to be released in November 2019. Neil Purvis and Robert Wade will be back as screenwriters, but there's no confirmation yet on the plot, title or director.
Anne Hathaway is the first choice to star in BARBIE, after Amy Schumer had to drop out due to scheduling issues. It's an Enchanted-style comedy about a misfit doll who travels from Barbie-land to the real world. Alethea Jones is directing.
Meanwhile, Hathaway will also star in the sci-fi thriller O2, about a woman who wakes up in a cryogenic chamber with no memory of how she got there or how she can get out before the oxygen runs out. The script is by Christie LeBlanc.
Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne and Walton Goggins have joined ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, the sequel again starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas and Michael Pena, plus TI and Randall Park. Peyton Reed starts filming next month in Atlanta.
Kevin Spacey is starring in GORE, a biopic about author Gore Vidal that centres on his long friendships with a variety of movie and music stars. The film is currently shooting in Italy, where Gore lived in an iconic Amalfi Coast villa.
Sarah Paulson is joining the cast of M Night Shyamalan's GLASS, the sequel to both Unbreakable and Split starring Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Samuel L Jackson and Anya Taylor-Joy.
John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church and musician Yelawolf are joining THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, alongside Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and Bruce Dern. It's about a young man (Zachary Gottsagen) with Downs syndrome who breaks out of his care home in search of his hero, a retired wrestler.
CCH Pounder will reprise her role as Moat in James Cameron's four upcoming AVATAR sequels. Filming starts in September with returning cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Joel David Moore, plus Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin.
Clancy Brown has been cast as the demon Surtur in the upcoming THOR: RAGNAROK. The character was performed in motion-capture during filming by director Taika Waititi. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo and Tessa Thompson.
And Noah Hawley (Fargo, Legion) is developing a DOCTOR DOOM movie. THere's no word on the plot, but the Marvel Comics character was last seen on the big screen as the villain in a Fantastic Four movie.
Felicity Jones is lined up to play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the biopic ON THE BASIS OF SEX. The story follows her early law career as she fought for equal rights for women. Mimi Leder is directing from a Black List script by Daniel Stiepleman.
Sandra Bullock will star in BIRD BOX, an apocalyptic thriller about a blindfolded mother trying to save her children during an alien invasion in which just looking at the invaders turns you into a violent killer. Susanne Bier is directing from a script by Eric Heisserer (Arrival).
Matt Damon will play Robert Kennedy in the biopic RFK, which traces the politician who helped his brother John become president in 1960, then was assassinated in 1968 while leading his own presidential campaign. Nikolaj Arcel is directing.
Viola Davis may star in GIRLS LIKE US, a drama based on the novel about women who are preyed on by the commercial sex trade, then find themselves being trafficked and exploited. Davis is also producing with her husband Julius Tennon.
Steve Coogan, Neve Campbell and Taylor Russell will star in HOT AIR, about a conservative talk radio host whose life is upended by the arrival of his teen niece. Director Frank Coraci starts filming in New York next week.
Dev Patel has joined Ben Stiller in the CHIPPENDALES movie, the long-gestating project about how the male stripping crew was created, leading to the moment the creator hired a hitman to kill his choreographer. Isaac Adamson is writing the script.
Mads Mikkelsen will join Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley in CHAOS WALKING, about a future world in which all the women have been killed by a virus and all the men can hear each others' thoughts. Then a young woman shows up. Doug Liman is directing from a script by Charlie Kaufman and Jamie Linden.
Juno Temple and Claire Foy are starring in UNSANE, an offbeat drama from writer-director Steven Soderbergh. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but apparently the filmmaker shot the movie completely using an iPhone.
Dane DeHaan is lined up to play the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid in the cleverly titled Western THE KID, centring on a young boy who asks his gunslinger antihero to save his family. The film costars Ethan Hawke and is being directed by Vincent D'Onofrio from a script by Andrew Lanham.
And rumour has it that Taron Egerton will replace Tom Hardy to star in ROCKETMAN, the biopic about Elton John's life from a teen to his flashy life in the limelight. Dexter Fletcher is directing from a script by Lee Hall. Matthew Vaughn is producing, and directed John in a role in the upcoming Kingsman sequel.
Hugh Jackman has apparently been lined up to play the villain Scar in Jon Favreau's live-action style THE LION KING remake. Confirmed cast members include Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner and John Oliver. Beyonce is still unconfirmed as Nala.
Meanwhile, Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan) and Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) have landed the lead roles in Guy Ritchie's live-action ALADDIN remake, alongside Will Smith as the Genie. Apparently, while including the songs from the 1992 classic, the script will bring the story closer to the original folk tale.
Elle Fanning and Timothy Chalamet have landed the lead roles in Woody Allen's next movie, which is apparently about a romance between two teens, an unusual topic for Allen to address. The only other thing known about the plot is that there will be a third lead role.
Katherine Waterston is joining the cast of MID-90s, a coming-of-age comedy about a pre-teen (Sunny Suljic) in Los Angeles in the, yes, 1990s. Lucas Hedges costars, while Jonah Hill is writing and directing.
Taraji P Henson has joined the voice cast of RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2, in which the videogame characters apparently brave an onslaught of pop-up ads to meet Disney characters (including Star Wars and Marvel) on the world wide web. Returning cast members include John C Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch and Alan Tudyk.
The full cast of Lasse Hallstrom's THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS has been announced. Mackenzie Foy (Interstellar) leads a powerhouse line-up including Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Keira Knightley, Richard E Grant, Eugenio Derbez, Charles 'Lil Buck' Riley and ballet stars Sergei Polunin and Misty Copeland.
Kristen Bell will play Kelsey Grammer's daughter in LIKE FATHER, a comedy about a workaholic who is left at the alter by her groom-to-be and decides to go on her honeymoon cruise anyway. And she runs into her father, who left her mother when she was only 5. Lauren Miller is writing and directing.
Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time) is joining David Oyelowo in the thriller ONLY YOU, about a cop facing time-travel issues as he tries to protect his niece after the rest of his family was killed. Jacob Estes is writing and directing.
Daveed Diggs (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Rafael Casal (Def Poetry) are writing and starring in BLINDSPOTTING, loosely based on their experiences growing up in a rapidly gentrifying neighbourhood in Oakland. Costars include Ethan Embry, Wayne Knight, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Utkarsh Ambudkar. Carlos Lopez Estrada is directing.
That long-gestating Queen biopic BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is back up, now with Rami Malik starring as Freddie Mercury from youth to his iconic Live Aid performance. Bryan Singer is directing from a script by Anthony McCarten. Pre-production apparently got underway in London this week.
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