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Peter Dinklage will produce and star in THE THICKET, based on the novel about a naive guy who hires a bounty hunter, an alcoholic grave-digger and a hooker to help rescue his sister from a vicious gang.
Liam Neeson has landed the lead role in SUSPENSION, a Die Hard-style thriller about an ex-con trying to stop terrorists who attack New York's George Washington Bridge. The film is apparently based on an unproduced 1993 script by Joss Whedon. Meanwhile, Neeson has also landed a role in TED 2.
Elisabeth Moss is joining Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett for TRUTH, based on the scandal surrounding an American news report about how George W Bush may have received preferential treatment to avoid the military draft during the Vietnam War. Redford plays news anchor Dan Rather, who was at the centre of the storm.
Jeremy Renner is set to appear in another Marvel franchise, namely CAPTAIN AMERICA 3. Renner has played Hawkeye in Thor, The Avengers and the forthcoming AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Anthony and Joe Russo are directing the third Captain America movie, which again stars Chris Evans.
Viggo Mortensen is apparently lined up to play a ruthless gang leader in THE HATEFUL EIGHT, Quentin Tarantino's Western set among a group of suspicious people trapped together in a Wyoming blizzard. The cast includes Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern and Amber Tamblyn.
Meanwhile, Russell has another Western lined up with Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox. BONE TOMAHAWK us about four men trying to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibals. S Craig Zahler is writing and directing.
John Travolta, Kate Bosworth and Devon Sawa will star in LIFE ON THE LINE, a drama about repairmen who face danger to keep the electrical grid up and running, and how they cope when a massive storm threatens their lives. Director David Hackl starts filming next week in Vancouver.
After that, Bosworth will join Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dave Bautista and Gina Carano for BUS 657, an ensemble heist movie about a casino robbery that goes wrong, resulting in a bus full of hostages. Director Scott Mann starts filming in Alabama next month.
Aaron Paul will join Jamie Dornan in THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX, based on the novel about a psychologist who encounters a young boy whose near-death experience makes him question the connection between fantasy and reality. Max Minghella adapted the screenplay, which is being directed by Alexandre Aja.
And Amber Heard is the latest new cast member for MAGIC MIKE XXL, the sequel that's clearly aiming for a broader audience with the previous casting of Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello are the only original cast members confirmed to return.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is lined up to play Edward Snowden in a film based on Guardian jousnalist Luke Harding's THE SNOWDEN FILES. Oliver Stone is producing and possibly directing the film, which will centre on Snowden's flight to Russia and the negotiations as he tries to get asylum there. Stone has also bought the rights to Snowden's novel Time of the Octopus.
Channing Tatum will produce and star in STRUCK BY GENIUS, based on Jason Padgett's memoir about his transformation from university drop-out to mathematical genius at age 31 after a traumatic brain injury during an assault.
Matt Damon is up for the lead role in THE GREAT WALL, Zhang Yimou's drama about British soldiers travelling through 15th century China when they witness the construction of the giant wall, which is designed to keep supernatural creatures out of the country.
Matt Smith has joined Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, the pastiche apocalyptic version of the Jane Austen novel. Burr Steers is directing.
Anthony Mackie will join Sandra Bullock and Scoot McNairy in OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, a political comedy-drama based on the true story of American campaign strategists who travelled to Bolivia to help steer an election there.
Astrid Berges-Frisbey will play Guinevere opposite Charlie Hunnam's Arthur in Guy Ritchie's KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE: KING ARTHUR, the firstin a proposed franchise about the legendary monarch. Idris Elba is already on board as Arthur's mentor Bedivere.
Stephen Fry, Joss Stone and Paul Kaye have started filming this week for the British drama TOMORROW, about soldiers reintegrating into society after serving in difficult war zones, overcoming injuries and dealing with HIV/Aids. Costars include Stephanie Leonidas, Sebastian Street, Stuart Brennan and Sophie Kennedy-Clarke. Martin Scorsese is producing.
John Leguizamo, Merritt Wever and Nick Sandow have joined the growing cast of the multi-strand drama MEADOWLAND, which is currently shooting in New York. Already on board are Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, Ty Simpkins, Juno Temple, Scott Mescudi, Mark Feuerstein and Kevin Corrigan.
Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan and Caroline Rhea will be back for A VERY SORDID WEDDING, Del Shores' sequel to his 2000 cult classic Sordid Lives (as well as a 2008 TV series). The story picks up 16 years later, exploring the impact of same-sex marriage in a small Texas town. An Indiegogo fundraising campaign is underway.
And Angelina Jolie has chosen her next directing project: AFRICA is the true story of conservationist Richard Leakey's 1980s standoff against poachers. Eric Roth wrote the screenplay for the film, which reunites Jolie with Unbroken cinematographer Roger Deakins.
Chris Hemsworth will star in and produce I'LL NEVER GET OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIVE, based on the Steve Earle novel about a drug-addicted doctor who is haunted by the ghost of country music icon Hank Williams following the singer's mysterious death in 1953. Benjamin Grayson is writing and directing.
Jack Huston has emerged to claim the title role in the remake of the Roman epic BEN HUR, instead of the rumoured Tom Hiddleston. Toby Kebbell has also joined the cast, which includes Morgan Freeman. Timur Bekmambetov is directing.
Meanwhile, Hiddleston has joined the cast of SKULL ISLAND, the adventure set on the island where King Kong and several other mythical creatures live. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) is directing, and is also set to direct a film based on the METALGEAR SOLID franchise.
Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and possibly Alex Pettyfer are returning for the sequel MAGIC MIKE XXL, but Matthew McConaughey won't be back because the road movie plot doesn't include his character. Also in the cast this time are Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Filming starts next month with director Greg Jacobs.
Rooney Mara and Dane DeHaan will star in the original musical ZIGGY, about an escape artist who arrives in New York in the late 1920s and falls in love with the fiancee of a media mogul. Songs are being written by Alex Da Kid, while Baz Luhrmann's protege Diesel Schwarze is directing.
Kate Mara is joining Matt Damon in the cast of Ridley Scott's sci-fi adventure THE MARTIAN, based on the Andy Weir novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars when his crewmates evacuate during a dust storm. His survival depends on him finding a source of water.
Liam Neeson is lined up to star in a remake of the mystery thriller TELL NO ONE, based on the Harlan Coben novel about a man who becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders after his wife is kidnapped and apparently killed. Chris Terrio is writing the script. Meanwhile, Neeson and Bono are working together to make a film about the Irish showband movement in the 1970s.
Ashley Judd, Demian Bichir, Nicholas Braun, Israel Broussard, Mateo Arias and Zoey Deutch will star in GOOD KIDS, a coming-of-age comedy about four overachieving teens at a Cape Cod high school who decide to reinvent themselves as the class rebels. Filming is underway on location in Massachusetts.
Dennis Haysbert has joined the casts of two upcoming films. First he'll make a cameo in TED 2, the Mark Wahlberg/Seth MacFarlane comedy sequel currently filming in Boston. Then he'll star in DEAD RISING, based on the videogame series.
And Dan Aykroyd has been talking about his plans to turn GHOSBUSTERS 3 into an all-new franchise that can run for years. Not only has he spoken about an all-female cast for one of the sequels, but he's also hoping Jason Statham will come on board for a London-set movie.
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