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Gugu Mbatha-Raw is lined up for a key role in STAR WARS EPISODE VIII, Rian Johnson's sequel to this Christmas' The Force Awakens. Other names that have been linked to the two female lead roles include Tatiana Maslany, Olivia Cooke and Gina Rodriguez.
Jamie Foxx will voice the lead character in the animated adventure GROOVE TAILS, about a competitive street-dancing competition in a community of mice that's threatened by alley cats. Cameron Hood (Minions) is directing.
Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson are joining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in ASSASSIN'S CREED, based on the videogame series about a man who learns that he is descended from a line of master killers, able to draw on the skills of his ancestors. Justin Kurzel is directing.
Judy Greer and Luke Wilson have joined the cast of MEASURE OF A MAN, the coming-of-age drama now filming in Rhode Island with Donald Sutherland, Blake Cooper, Liana Liberato and Beau Knapp. Jim Loach is directing.
Gabrielle Union will star in the comedy A MEYERS CHRISTMAS, about an estranged family that reunites for the first time after their mother's death. David Talbert (Baggage Claim) is writing and directing.
Jon Voight, Carmen Egojo and Gemma Chan have joined the cast of FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, the Harry Potter spinoff-prequel starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton and Ezra Miller.
Hope Davis will join Jena Malone and Alex Karpovsky in CLAIRE, the remake of Eric Rohmer's 1982 film Le Beau Mariage, about a young woman who decides to find a husband simply to spite her married lover. Music video helmer Dori Oskowitz is directing.
John Ortiz and Shea Whigham are the latest to join the cast of KONG: SKULL ISLAND, the King Kong origin movie starring Tom Hiddleston as a guy who travels to a mythical island. Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson and John Goodman costar.
Jean Smart will play a missing matriarch in the supernatural thriller THE ONES ABOVE, which stars newcomers Emily Somers (Playing for Keeps), James Zimbardi (Watertown), Skyler Caleb (Waking), Andrea Hunt (Grandfathered), Robert R Shafer (The Office) and Carlos Pratts (McFarland USA). Filming started last week in Los Angeles.
And Bette Midler, AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson and Lorraine Toussaint will star in FREAK SHOW, about a sparky cross-dressing teen who decides to run for homecoming queen at his conservative high school. Trudie Styler is directing, and plans to start filming this month.
Jennifer Aniston and Robert De Niro will team up for the drama THE COMEDIAN, a long-gestating project that director Taylor Hackford will shoot in New York. After that, De Niro will reteam with Martin Scorsese, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci for I HEARD YOU PAINT HOUSES, based on the true story of a notorious mob hitman.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to star in the psychological thriller IN SIGHT. The plot itself is being kept under wraps, but it's being described as a "character-driven" action movie. The script is by Katie Lovejoy (The Selection).
Nat Wolff will star in DEATH NOTE, a remake of the Japanese film based on the manga series about a student who finds a notebook that will kill anyone whose name is written in it. Adam Wingard is directing from a script by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four).
Sam Claflin is joining the cast of MY COUSIN RACHEL, a remake of the 1952 drama based on the Daphne Du Maurier classic about a man seeking revenge on the woman he believes was responsible for his guardian's death. Rachel Weisz costars in the film, which is being directed by Roger Michell.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is up for the leading lady role opposite Taron Egerton in ROBIN HOOD: ORIGINS, a gritty take on the English legend. Eve Hewson (The Knick), Gaite Jansen (Supernova) and Lucy Fry (Vampire Academy) have also been mentioned as candidates for the role.
Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace and Dean Norris are joining Naomi Watts in THE BOOK OF HENRY, the next film from director Colin Trevorrow and writer Gregg Hurwitz. The plot is being kept under wraps.
Nina Dobrev is joining the cast of ARRIVALS a coming-of-age drama starring Asa Butterfield and Maisie Williams as an unlikely young duo who embark on a bucket list quest in Cape Town. Malin Akerman and Thomas Middleditch costar.
Ridley Scott is hinting that a whole BLADE RUNNER franchise may be on the way. He's currently producing a sequel, which will again star Harrison Ford, this time alongside Ryan Gosling. It will be directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Rising-star director Yann Demange ('71) is teaming up with Darren Aronofsky to make a film based on the true story of Rick Wershe Jr, a teen who worked undercover for the police in the 1980s, then ended up being arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.
And Daniel Craig says he will make at least one more James Bond movie after SPECTRE, which is due for release later this month. The 47-year-old says he'll keep going as long as he's "physically able".
Christina Hendricks is up for a role in FIST FIGHT, a comedy about warring teachers in a school system that is only barely functioning. Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell and Dean Norris star in the film.
Russell Crowe will star in and possibly direct the epic drama IN SAND AND BLOOD, based on the astonishing true story of the survivors of an 1815 shipwreck on the desolate desert coast of West Africa.
Vanessa Williams, Vivica A Fox, Nia Long and Mekhi Phifer will be back for a sequel to SOUL FOOD, nearly 20 years after the first film was made. There's no word on the plot, but director-cowriter George Tillman Jr is back on board as well.
Thomas Mann and John Goodman have joined KONG: SKULL ISLAND, the King Kong origin story that also stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing.
Kristen Bell has joined the cast of the CHiPs movie, which her husband Dax Shepard is directing and starring in alongside Michael Pena, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Brody and Rosa Salazar. It's a comical take on the adventures of two California Highway Patrol officers.
Adrian Grenier will join Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni and Dave Bautista in MARAUDERS, an action thriller about an FBI agent on the trail of a group of criminals who rob banks and give the money to charity. Filming starts soon in Ohio.
Alex Karpovsky is up for the male lead opposite Jena Malone in CLAIRE, an American remake of the 1982 Eric Rohmer comedy Le Beau Mariage. It's about an eccentric young woman who dumps her married-painter boyfriend for a man she barely knows.
Lara Pulver is joining the cast of the fifth UNDERWORLD movie, which again stars Kate Beckinsale and Theo James. Director Anna Foerster starts filming next month in Prague. The plot is being kept under wraps.
Liana Liberato and Luke Benward will join Donald Sutherland in MEASURE OF A MAN, a coming-of-age drama about an overweight teen (Blake Cooper) who learns to stand up for himself. It's based on the award-winning novel One Fat Summer.
And Sigourney Weaver has joined the cast of the GHOSTBUSTERS reboot, alongside the original film's surviving cast members Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig star in the comedy, which is being directed by Paul Feig.
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