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Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B Jordan and Danai Gurira have officially joined Chadwick Boseman in the cast of BLACK PANTHER, about the king and protector of an African nation called Wakanda. Ryan Coogler is directing.
Sylvester Stallone will reunite with Kurt Russell in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel are all back, as is director James Gunn.
Jemaine Clement, Alan Tudyk, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger and Rachel House have joined the voice cast of the animated adventure MOANA, about a Pacific Island teenager (Auli‚Äòi Cravalho) guided by a demigod (Dwayne Johnson) in her quest to become a wayfinder. Ron Clements and John Musker are directing.
Bruce Dern will play patriarch Joe Kennedy in CHAPPAQUIDDICK, the drama about the 1969 car crash and ensuing controversy that derailed the political career of Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke). John Curran is lined up to direct; costars include Kate Mara and Ed Helms.
Mandy Patinkin has joined the cast of WONDER, which writer-director Stephen Chbosky started shooting this week with Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson and Daveed Diggs. It's about a young boy with facial distinctions trying to fit in at school.
Zendaya has joined the cast of THE GREATEST SHOWMAN ON EARTH, the biopic about circus pioneer PT Barnum starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams. Smash composers Justin Paul and Benj Pasek are writing the songs.
Toby Stephens is joining Gerard Butler in HUNTER KILLER, a thriller about a US submarine sent to rescue Russia's president from a military coup. Peter Craig and Jamie Moss adapted the script from the novel Firing Point.
Nick Robinson and Amandla Stenberg will star in the romance EVERYTHING EVERYTHING, based on the novel about a teen with severe immunodeficiency. She can't leave her home, but falls in love with the boy who moves in next door. Stella Meghle is directing.
Max Landis is writing a movie based on the classic PEPE LE PEW cartoons, about an amorous French skunk trying desperately to seduce a black cat. This is Landis' first animated project.
Sia has joined the eclectic vocal cast of MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE, an animated adventure also starring Emily Blunt, Michael Pena, Kristen Chenoweth, Uzo Aduba, Taye Diggs and Liev Schreiber. Jayson Thiessen is directing.
And Roman Polanski will direct BASED ON A TRUE STORY from a script by Olivier Assayas. It's adapted from the Delphine de Vigan novel about a writer who gets entangled with one of his fans.
Margot Robbie will star in BAD MONKEYS, a psychological thriller based on the novel about a woman who is arrested for murder but claims that she's actually working for a secret organisation that battles evil. So is she crazy or up to something?
Jennifer Hudson will play the female lead opposite Adam Sandler in the romantic comedy SANDY WEXLER, about a talent manager representing a group of offbeat artists in 1990s Los Angeles. Things get complicated when he falls for one of his clients. Director Steve Brill starts filming next week.
Antonio Banderas will play Gianni Versace in an unauthorised biopic, which the fashion icon's estate is calling a "work of fiction". Apparently Bille August will direct the film, which follows Versace from his birth in Italy to his murder in Miami.
Chloe Sevigny and Travis Fimmel are the latest to join the cast of LEAN ON PETE, about an abandoned teen (Charlie Plummer) who sets off in search of his long-lost aunt. Steve Buscemi costars in the film, which is being directed by Andrew Haigh.
Bruce Willis will star in FIRST KILL, an action thriller about a police chief trying to rescue a young boy who is kidnapped after becoming entangled in the aftermath of a bank robbery. Director Steven C Miller starts shooting next month in Cincinnati.
Common will produce and star in a remake of the 1975 coming-of-age drama COOLEY HIGH. Set in 1964 Chicago, it follows two best friends through their final weeks of high school. The script is by Seth Rosenfeld.
Kirsten Dunst will cowrite and make her directing debut with THE BELL JAR, based on the iconic 1963 Sylvia Plath novel about a young woman (Dakota Fanning) who has a breakdown while working as an intern at a New York magazine.
Stellan Skarsgard and Willem Dafoe have joined the cast of THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE, Terry Gilliam's long-in-the-works adaptation of the Cervantes classic. Adam Driver and Michael Palin have the lead roles.
TJ Miller has joined the cast of EMOJIMOVIE: EXPRESS YOURSELF, an animated comedy set in a world in which emojis have adventures as they travel through a series of phone apps. Anthony Leondis (Igor) is directing and cowriting with Eric Siegel.
Robbie Amell will costar with Adam Devine and Alexandra Daddario in WHEN WE FIRST MET, about a guy who wonders how he ended up in the friend zone with the girl of his dreams. The film reunites Amell with The DUFF director Ari Sandel, who is currently shooting in New Orleans.
And Mike Tyson has joined the cast of PUBLIC DISTURBANCE, a comedy starring the Janoskians, a group of Australian YouTube pranksters who are invited to perform a stunt at a celebrity birthday party. Costars include Bobby Lee, Joey Lawrence, Skyler Samuels (Scream Queens) and Amber Stevens West (22 Jump Street).
Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne will star in THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, based on the true story of a poor woman who died of cancer in 1951, after which the tumour that killed her was used to launch a world-changing cancer research company.
Oscar Isaac will join Mark Rylance in THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA, about a young Jewish boy in 1858 Italy who was forcibly removed from his family and raised as a Catholic while his parents fought back. Steven Spielberg is directing from a script by Tony Kushner.
James Franco is up for the lead role in the new PREDATOR movie that Shane Black is directing and writing with Fred Dekker. The plan is to also return Arnold Schwarzenegger to his role from the 1987 original.
Ellen DeGeneres will produce CASTLE HANGNAIL, based on the novel about a 12-year-old girl who applies for the job of wicked witch at a castle that needs to hire one or risk being decommissioned by the board of magic. Bill Kunstler is writing the script.
David Koechner will star in BERNARD AND HUEY, based on the Jules Feiffer cartoon strip that follows two lifelong friends and the woman who causes all sorts of problems between them. Dan Mirvish is directing from a script by Feiffer.
Kathleen Quinlan, Adewale Akinnuoya-Agbaje and Ryan Vincent (Suicide Squad) are starring in ELIZABETH BLUE, about a young woman (Anna Schafer) who continues to struggle with schizophrenia after being released from a mental hospital. Filming started this week in Los Angeles with first-time writer-director Vincent Sabella.
Dylan Walsh has landed the lead in FRIGHT FEST, about a former top filmmaker, just out of rehab, who takes the job of setting up a horror film festival in his hometown. Director Ante Novakovic is currently shooting in Philadelphia.
Zoe Lister-Jones (Life in Pieces) will write, direct, star in and compose the songs for BAND AID, a comedy about a couple that starts a rock band in an attempt to save their troubled marriage. The film also stars Colin Hanks, Brooklyn Decker, Jerry O'Connell, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Retta, Chris D'Elia and Ravi Patel.
Jenny Slate, JB Smoove, Willie Garson and Vanessa Bayer have joined Jack Black in THE POLKA KING, based on the true story of a Pennsylvania polka star who turned out to be running a financial scam. Jacki Weaver and Jason Schwartzmann costar.
And Chris Hemsworth will be back as George Kirk, James' father, for the fourth STAR TREK movie. JJ Abrams has confirmed this, even though George was killed in his first reboot. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and crew are already signed up, and Abrams says they will not recast Chekov following Anton Yelchin's death.
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