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Jamie Dornan has landed the lead role in the thriller THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX, about a doctor who becomes caught up in a mystery after a patient has a near-death experience. Alexandre Aja is directing from a script by Max Minghella.
Meanwhile, Dornan will appear in two sequels to FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, which means that he's had to drop out of the title role in Guy Ritchie's KING ARTHUR franchise. Ironically, former Fifty Shades candidate Charlie Hunnam has emerged as the leading contender to replace him as the ancient English king. Idris Elba and Elizabeth Olsen are also lined up for key roles.
Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day are joining Ed Helms and Christina Applegate in the reboot of the NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION franchise, which takes up the story with the next generation of Griswalds. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) are writing and directing.
Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka (Flowers in the Attic) will star in the horror-thriller FEBRUARY, about a young woman who tenaciously treks across the winter countryside to her girls' boarding school, in which two of her friends have seemingly been abandoned by their parents. Osgood Perkins is directing.
Steve Carell will replace Zach Galifianakis in FREEHELD, a drama based on the 2007 documentary about two women who got involved in the Domestic Partnership Act in New Jersey. Julianne Moore and Ellen Page star in the film, which is being directing by Peter Sollett.
Meanwhile, Carell is also on board a live-action/animated LOONEY TUNES movie, which will be set in the Acme Corporation, which supplies all manner of dangerous products for cartoon characters like Wile E Coyote and Daffy Duck. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are lined up to direct from a script by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class).
Lake Bell will direct and possibly star in THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN, based on the Claire Messud novel about three young people grappling with the expectations on their privileged lives in the months before and after the 9/11 attacks. The script is by Noah Baumbach.
Jena Malone and Douglas Smith have landed the lead roles in BOTTOM OF THE WORLD, a horror movie about a young couple that stops at a desert hotel on their way to a new life in California. When the woman vanishes, the man ends up in what seems like a waking nightmare.
Jean Reno will join Ray Winstone in THE SQUAD, a Paris-set remake of Nick Love's 2012 film The Sweeney, which also starred Winstone and was was based on the 1970s British cop TV series. Benjamin Rocher is directing.
And Martin Scorsese will reportedly make a biopic about the American punk band THE RAMONES, which changed the face of rock-n-roll in the 1970s. Their most indelible hits include I Wanna Be Sedated and Sheena Is a Punk Rocker. Scorsese, meanwhile, has so many projects in the works that it's anyone's guess when he'll get around to this one.
Jennifer Lawrence is apparently in line for a lead role in Quentin Tarantino's Western THE HATEFUL EIGHT. Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell and Walton Goggins are on board, with rumours circulating about Hilary Swank, Evan Rachel Wood and Geena Davis.
Matthew McConaughey is up for the lead role in THE STAND, a film version of Stephen King's post-apocalyptic novel about two factions of human survivors lining up for an epic battle. Nat Wolff is already on board, reuniting with director Josh Boone.
It's official: Mike Epps will play Richard Pryor in the biopic IS IT SOMETHING I SAID? The film traces the comic's rise to fame and battle with both drug addiction and physical illness. Oprah Winfrey is producing, with Lee Daniels directing.
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) is teaming up with Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) for QUEEN OF EARTH, a psychological thriller about two estranged friends who try to repair the issues between them by taking a retreat at a beach house. But instead they become more suspicious and isolated.
Jack O'Connell may reunite with Starred Up director David Mackenzie for a period epic about ROBERT THE BRUCE, the medieval Scottish king. He wouldn't play the title character, but the second lead.
Steve Martin is up for a role in MAGIC CAMP, a family comedy about a banker who returns to his childhood camp as a counsellor, then enters the Golden Wand competition himself. Martin also cowrote the script with Stu Zicherman.
Ellen Burstyn will star in and make her directing debut with the drama BATHING FLO, about a man who offers to housesit a home in New York then discovers that an old woman is secretly living there. And she turns out to be his long-lost mother.
Elijah Wood will produce and perhaps star in CURSE THE DARKNESS, a thriller based on the roots of zombie mythology in the 1803 Haitian revolution. Director Brandon Maurice Williams starts filming in Louisiana in October.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead will join John Goodman in THE CELLAR, a thriller about a woman who wakes up after a car crash to find herself in a basement with a doomsday preacher who tells her the world above has been made uninhabitable by a chemical attack. Dan Trachtenberg is directing.
And Patrick Warburton will be back for TED 2, reprising his role as Mark Wahlberg's office colleague. Although there's no word if Ryan Reynolds will also be back as his partner.
Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Christian Bale lead the cast of Andy Serkis' JUNGLE BOOK: ORIGINS, based on Rudyard Kipling's story about a young boy (Rohan Chand) raised by animals in the Indian jungle. Also on board to voice and perform characters are Naomi Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, Peter Mullan and Serkis himself as Baloo. This is a darker version than Jon Favreau's family-friendly Disney movie, also currently in production.
Sandra Bullock will star in OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, a comedy-drama based on a 2005 documentary about how US political strategies have been adapted for use in South American elections. David Gordon Green is directing from a script by Peter Straughan.
Sigourney Weaver and Toby Kebbell are joining join Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson in A MONSTER CALLS, based on the acclaimed fantasy novel about a young boy who escapes from his troubles into a fantastical realm. Juan Antonio Bayona is directing.
Johnny Depp will star alongside writer-director Kevin Smith in the action-comedy YOGA HOSERS, about two 15-year-old yoga enthusiasts (played by the stars' daughters Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith) who end up in a battle between the forces of good and evil. Costars include Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks.
Mark Wahlberg may star in DEEPWATER HORIZON, based on the true story of the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, causing the worst oil spill in decades. The film is set in the 48 hours before the disaster and the harrowing rescue that followed. JC Chandor is directing.
Juno Temple, Giovanni Ribisi, Scott Mescudi, Mark Feuerstein and Kevin Corrigan have joined the cast of MEADOWLAND, the psychological thriller about a New York couple (Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson) struggling with the fact that their son has disappeared. Reed Morano is directing.
Paul Giamatti will star in the NWA biopic STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON as the manager of the L.A. rap group Jerry Heller, who previously worked with bands including ELO, REO Speedwagon and Journey. F Gary Gray is directing the film, which stars O'Shea Jackson Jr as Ice Cube, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E and Corey Hawkins as Dr Dre.
Wes Bentley and Emily Ratajkowski have joined Zac Efron in WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS, which started filming this week in Los Angeles. It's about an aspiring DJ trying to make an impact in the electronic dance music world. Max Joseph is directing.
Four-time Harry Potter director David Yates is lined up to direct the spinoff FANTASTIC BEASTS, set 70 years before Harry was born. With a screenplay by JK Rowling herself, the story centres on adventurer Artemis Scamander, who travels the world to write a reference book about magical creatures.
And Ken Jeong will star in a satirical comedy about a nightclub owner who attempts to win his celebrity death-pool by killing his chosen celebrity, David Hasselhoff. Director David Grant starts filming next month in Los Angeles.
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