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Brie Larson will star in VICTORIA WOODHULL, about the first female candidate for US president. The story centres on the 1872 presidential campaign, won by incumbent Ulysses S Grant some 40 years before women had the right to vote. The script is by Ben Kopit (The Libertine).
Amy Schumer, Nicole Kidman and Steve Carell will team up for SHE CAME TO ME, a comedy-drama that follows a series of interlinked love stories that involve opera, tug boats and other things, apparently. Rebecca Miller is writing and directing.
Jake Gyllenhaal will reteam with Life director Daniel Espinosa for THE ANARCHISTS VS ISIS, based on a Rolling Stone article about a group of American volunteers who sign up to help Kurdish militants fight in Syria.
Sofia Vergara, Karl Urban and Andy Garcia will star in the revenge thriller BENT, about a disgraced detective seeking revenge on the person who framed him and killed his partner. Bobby Moresco is writing and making his directing debut.
Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons, Billy Magnussen and Lamorne Morris have joined the cast of GAME NIGHT, the black comedy starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams as a couple whose regular evening of playing board games with friends goes horribly wrong. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Vacation) are writing and directing.
Paul Greengrass is lined up to direct NESS, the Elliot Ness drama based on the graphic novel Torso, which follows the federal agent in the years after he captured Al Capone. The script is by Brian Helgeland.
Cole Hauser will reteam for a fourth time with Bruce Willis on ACTS OF VIOLENCE, a thriller about a man who gathers together his former military pals to rescue his fiancee from human traffickers. Shawn Ashmore, Mike Epps, Melissa Bolona and Sophia Bush costar in the film, which began filming in Cleveland this week.
Ian Kenny (Sing Street) has joined the cast of the STAR WARS Han Solo story, which apparently follows Solo's life from 18 to 24. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are currently filming in England with Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton and Michael K Williams.
Sian Brooke (Sherlock) has landed a key role in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6, alongside Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Vanessa Kirby. Christopher McQuarrie is back as director.
And Shawn Carter, aka Jay Z, is producing both a multi-part documentary and a feature film about the Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old whose murderer was acquitted after a stand-your-ground defence. The projects are based on the books SUSPICION NATION and REST IN POWER.
Robert Downey Jr will star in THE VOYAGE OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE, a movie remake based on the 1920s books about an eccentric physician who lives with and communicates with animals. Stephen Gaghan is writing and directing. The story was previously adapted in 1967 and 1998.
Michael Shannon is being lined up to play Cable opposite Ryan Reynolds in the DEADPOOL sequel. The character is a time-traveling mutant who reluctantly teams with Deadpool in the comics. Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) has also come on board to play Domino. David Leitch is directing.
Michael B Jordan is lined up to play a young Morpheus in the MATRIX spin-off currently in the works with writer Zak Penn. There's no word about the plot or timeframe, but everyone has a theory.
Mariah Carey's top-selling song ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU is being adapted into an animated holiday movie. Carey will voice a character, along with Henry Winkler, Lacey Chabert, Breanna Yde, Phil Morris, Laya Hayes and Keiko Agena.
Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon are set to star in THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME, a comedy about best pals who get caught up in a global conspiracy due to an ex-boyfriend's secret spy identity. Susanna Fogel is writing and directing.
Chris Evans and Haley Bennett are up for starring roles in RED SEA DIVING RESORT, based on the true story of Israeli spies who attempted to bring thousands of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan to Israel in the early 1980s. Gideon Raff (Tyrant) is writing and directing.
Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton will star in THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, based on the novel about a journalist who gets involved with a secret club founded during the German occupation of the Channel Islands during WWII. Mike Newell is directing.
Gwendline Christie is joining the cast of DARKEST MINDS, which stars Amandla Steinberg as a 16-year-old with telekinetic powers who escapes from summer camp on the run from government agents. Mandy Moore costars; Jennifer Yuh Nelson is directing.
Sam Elliott is joining Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A STAR IS BORN, the latest remake of the classic take of a musician who rises to fame just as her mentor-lover is fading from the limelight. Eric Roth is working on the script; Cooper is directing.
And work is underway to create an Avengers-style action movie featuring a line-up of iconic Disney princesses. Nir Paniry (Extracted) wrote the script, while Joachim Ronning is the likely director.
Alicia Vikander has landed a starring role in FREAKSHIFT, Ben Wheatley's passion project, which sees a group of first responders take on big monsters that come out of the ground. Wheatley wrote the script with his frequent collaborator Amy Jump.
Tom Hardy will star in in the action thriller WAR PARTY, based on the true-life adventures of a group of Navy Seals. Andrew Dominik is directing and cowriting the script with Harrison Query.
Amy Ryan will reteam with her The Office costar Steve Carell for BEAUTIFUL BOY, based on David Sheff's memoir about the impact on his family of his son's addiction to meths. Felix van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown) is directing and cowriting with Luke Davies (Lion).
Mark Strong will play German A-bomb scientist Werner Heisenberg in CATCHER WAS A SPY, the true story of a professional baseball player (Paul Rudd) who was actually working as an undercover agent in the 1930s. Guy Pearce, Sienna Miller, Paul Giamatti, Jeff Daniels and Giancarlo Giannini costar.
Malin Akerman has landed the role as the villain in the RAMPAGE movie, based on the videogame about three mutant creatures that attack North America. The film also stars Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Joe Manganiello, Marley Shelton, Jake Lacy, PJ Byrne and Jack Quaid.
Jacki Weaver, Timothy Simons, Merrit Weaver, Alanna Masterson, Claire Holt and Brian Tyree Henry have joined the drama IRREPLACEABLE YOU, about a longtime couple facing a terminal illness. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michiel Huisman, Christopher Walken and Steve Coogan star in the film, which director Stephanie Laing is now filming in New York.
Meanwhile, David Straithairn and Lorraine Toussaint will join Mbatha-Raw in FAST COLOR, a dramatic thriller about a woman forced to abandon her family and go into hiding when her super-human abilities are discovered. Julia Hart is shooting the film in New Mexico.
Richard Ayoade and Timothy Spall have joined the cast of EARLY MAN, Aardman animation's stop-motion prehistoric comedy, which also stars Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams. Nick Park is directing.
Emmy Rossum, William Forsythe and Tom Bateman have joined Liam Neeson in HARD POWDER, Hans Petter Moland's remake of his Norwegian revenge thriller In Order of Disappearance. It's about a Colorado snowplow driver who triggers a mob war after his son is murdered by a drug lord.
And Eddie Murphy and Vanessa Bell Calloway may be back for a sequel to the 1988 comedy hit COMING TO AMERICA. Word has it that Murphy is writing the script and both are up for reprising their roles.
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