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Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Chris Noth are apparently set to return for a third big-screen SEX AND THE CITY adventure. There's no word on the plot, but Parker recently let slip that work is underway.
Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson have joined the cast of PADDINGDON 2, a new adventure for the Peruvian bear in London. Returning are Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Imelda Staunton. Paul King is also back as director.
Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood and Henry Thomas will star in GERALD'S GAME, based on the Stephen King novel about a woman who is left tied to the bedposts in an isolated country house when playful sex with her husband takes a dark turn. Mike Flanagan is directing.
Gerard Depardieu, Santiago Segura (Scream), Peter Lanzani (The Clan) and Hugo Silva (I'm So Excited) will star in YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE, an action comedy about a man who hides out as an orthodox Jew after witnessing a murder. Veteran stunt coordinator Federico Cueva is making his directing debut.
Jon Bernthal will star in STINGRAY, a thriller about a guy who accidentally kills the brother of a powerful crime boss, then must kill one of his own family members to even the score. Anthony Hayes is directing.
AnnaSophia Robb, Isabelle Fuhrman, Noah Silver and Rosie Day will star in DOWN A DARK HALL, a supernatural mystery about a troubled teen trying to fit in at a school for gifted girls. Filming is underway in Barcelona with director Rodrigo Cortes.
Glen Powell is lined up to star in CAPTAIN PLANET, based on the 1990s cartoon series about five young people given magical rings they can use to summon a superhero who will fight against environmental threats. Powell is also writing the script with Jono Matt. Leonardo DiCaprio is producing.
Alexis Knapp (Pitch Perfect), Brett Dalton (Agents of SHIELD) and Diego Boneta (Scream Queens) will star in A BEND IN THE ROAD, a mystery thriller about step-sisters who go to war over a $100m inheritance. David Frigerio is writing and directing.
Ronnie Gene Blevins (True Detective) is joining Bruce Willis in Eli Roth's remake of the vigilante thriller DEATH WISH. Costars include Vincent D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Mike Epps, Kimberly Elise, Dean Norris and Camilla Morrone.
And actor-comedian-deejay Flula Borg has landed a development deal with Lionsgate to write, produce and star in two movies. Previous filmmaking experience includes starring in Buddymoon and as leader of Das Sound Machine in Pitch Perfect 2.
Mark Rylance will team up with Embrace of the Serpent director Ciro Guerra to make the political thriller WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS, based on the award-winning JM Coetzee novel about a magistrate in an isolated border town, where the action of an occupying empire trigger a barbarian invasion.
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube will be back as bickering brothers-in-law for a third RIDE ALONG action comedy, once again directed by Tim Story. Work is underway on the screenplay, but there's no word on the plot, as if it matters.
Ewan McGregor says he'd be up for returning to the role of Obi Wan Kenobi for a STAR WARS spin-off ... or even two. He thinks there's an interesting series of events to explore between his final scenes in Episode III and Alec Guinness' first scenes in Episode IV, and since he's older now he's the right age to return to the role. Nothing's officially planned yet.
James Cordon and Ilana Glazer will join TJ Miller in the voice cast of the animated comedy EMOJIMOVIE: EXPRESS YOURSELF. The film apparently follows a group of characters who live in Textopolis inside your smartphone. Anthony Leondis is directing.
Justin Theroux will join Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd in MUTE, a thriller set in the distant future about a mute barman working among the immigrant population of Berlin. Duncan Jones is directing and writing the script with Mike Johnson.
Boyd Holbrook has taken over the lead role in Shane Black's PREDATOR sequel, after Benicio Del Toro had to drop out due to scheduling difficulties. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to reprise his role from the 1987 original.
Billy Ray will write a new film adaptation of Cervantes' classic DON QUIXOTE, which Disney is apparently setting up as a potential action-comedy adventure franchise in the style of Pirates of the Caribbean. It's about a low-class aristocrat who loses his grip on reality and begins to believe that dragons really exist.
Lucy Fry (The Darkness) has joined the cast of BRIGHT, a fantasy action movie starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace. It's about a man and an orc trying to outrun cops and criminals as they protect a magic wand. David Ayer is directing from a script by Max Landis.
Jeff Nathanson (Tower Heist) will write the script for Jon Favreau's remake of THE LION KING, which will be animated in the same live-action style as his Jungle Book remake earlier this year. Disney is remaking most of its animated classics at the moment.
And JK Rowling has announced that FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM will kick off a five-movie series, not a trilogy as previously announced. She has apparently already outlined the screenplays for all five movies. No word on whether Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, et al, will be in all of the movies.
Michelle Williams is lined up to play Janis Joplin in the cleverly titled biopic JANIS, tracing the last six months in the rock musician's life before her death at 27 in 1970. Sean Durkin is directing.
Jake Gyllenhaal will star in and produce THE HELICOPTER HEIST, the literally titled thriller about a real robbery carried out in Stockholm in 2009 when a stolen chopper was used to steal more than $5m from a cash depot.
Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw will play grown-up versions of the Banks children in MARY POPPINS RETURNS, which will star Emily Blunt as the nanny who returns to London 25 years later. Costars include Meryl Streep and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Rob Marshall is directing.
Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote will star in PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN, a biopic about the medical academic who created the superhero based on the two women he had children with at the same time. Angela Robinson (True Blood) is writing and directing.
Clint Eastwood will direct another true story for the big screen. IMPOSSIBLE ODDS is the story of American aid worker Jessica Buchanan, who was captured by pirates in Somalia, held captive for more than 90 days in the desert and freed in a Navy Seal operation. Brian Helgeland is writing the script.
Miranda Hart is joining Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and Keira Knightley in THE NUTCRACKER, a live-action movie about a young girl (Mackenzie Foy) taken into a magical toy world. Lasse Hallstrom is directing.
Jesse Metcalfe and Danny Trejo will star in IN STRANGER COMPANY, based on the novel The Loyalty Treasures, about a struggling workaholic mother (Mia Stone) who gets the chance to supernaturally reboot her life and save her marriage and company. Phillip Abraham is directing.
Boyd Holbrook will play the villain in LOGAN, Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine movie, which will again be directed by James Mangold. The baddie is Donald Pierce, a cyborg who creates a robotic army.
Reid Scott (Veep) is joining Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen and Candice Bergen in HOME AGAIN, a comedy about a single mother who moves to Los Angeles to start her life anew, then forms an unconventional family with three young guys.
And Guy Ritchie will direct ALADDIN, the live-action remake of Disney's 1992 animated hit based on the Arabian Nights tale of a young man granted three wishes by a genie in a lamp. The script is by John August.
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