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Judi Dench is being lined up to star in ARTEMIS FOWL, based on the children's books about a 12-year-old criminal mastermind who takes on a range of supernatural creatures. Kenneth Branagh is directing from a script by Conor McPherson.
Elisabeth Moss will star in the drama CALL JANE, based on the true story of a married pregnant woman in the 1960s who discovers an underground network of women who provided safe abortions in suburban Chicago. Simon Curtis is directing.
Michael B Jordan and Josh Brolin are being lined up for a remake of the award-winning 2009 drama A PROPHET, about a petty criminal who gets sent to a maximum security prison, where he is mentored to develop a major underworld career. Sam Raimi is directing from a script by Dennis Lehane.
Claire Foy has officially landed the role of super-hacker Lisbeth Salandar in THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB, a remake of the second film in the Steig Larsson trilogy involving spies and cyber crimes. Fede Alvarez is directing.
Ron Perlman, Martin Starr, Jake McDorman and George Sample III will star in THE ESCAPE OF PRISONER 614, a Western-style comical adventure set in the 1960s about two bumbling deputies chasing after an escaped criminal. Zach Golden is directing.
Joel McHale is the latest cast member added to THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS, the comedy-mystery set in a world inhabited by both people and puppets. Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks and Maya Rudolph costar. Brian Henson is directing.
Recording artists Kyle Harvey, Wiz Khalifa and French Montana, plus Blair Underwood, Teyana Taylor and Jordan Rock are starring in THE AFTER PARTY, a hip-hop comedy about two friends trying to land a recording contract over one fateful night. Filming is underway in New York with writer-director Ian Edelman.
Stephen Rea is reuniting with director Neil Jordan for THE WIDOW, which also stars Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Zawe Ashton and Colm Feore. It's about a woman who strikes up a friendship with a girl who returns her lost handbag, then things take a dark turn.
Walton Goggins will join Olivia Colman, Alice Englert and Thomas Mann in THEM THAT FOLLOW, a dramatic thriller about a snake-handling church in rural Appalachia that's trying to remain apart from the outside world. Brittany Poulton and Daniel Savage are writing and directing.
And Jamie Lee Curtis will once again reprise her role from the original 1978 film for an identically titled reboot HALLOWEEN. David Gordon Green is directing the film from a script he is writing with Danny McBride. Original director John Carpenter is producing.
Elizabeth Banks is joining Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph in THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS, the long-gestating black comedy thriller set in a world where people live alongside puppets. Director Brian Henson started filming this week in Los Angeles.
Alec Baldwin will play John DeLorean in dramatised sequences that will be part of a documentary about the rise and fall of the man who made the most iconic car of the 1980s. Sheena Joyce and Don Argott (The Art of the Steal) are directing.
Aubrey Plaza, Jenny Slate, Stephen Merchant, Craig Robinson and Rob Riggle will join Miles Teller in the voice cast of THE ARK AND THE ARDVARK, an animated adventure that reworks the Noah's Ark story. John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) is directing.
Nicolas Cage will play a big game hunter in PRIMAL, which is set on a shipping freighter full of rare and dangerous animals as well as a arrested assassin who escapes from his guards and releases the animals. Stuntman Nick Powell is directing.
Unsurprisingly, Keanu Reeves will be back for JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3, which is rumoured to be the final episode in the life of the skilled assassin's attempt to get out of the business. Other details about the project are still in the works.
Jack Huston and Stephen Graham have joined the cast of Martin Scorsese's THE IRISHMAN, which stars Robert De Niro as notorious hitman Frank Sheeran. The cast also features Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano.
Michael Stuhlbarg, Freya Mavor and Nikolai Kinski have joined the cast of GORE, the biopic starring Kevin Spacey as Gore Vidal. Costars include Douglas Booth and Griffin Dunne; director Michael Hoffman started filming this week in Italy.
Mike Myers is up for a role in BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, Bryan Singer's biopic about Queen, starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury alongside Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee. The script is by Justin Haythe. Filming is underway.
Kiki Lane (Captive State) and Stephan James (Shots Fired) will star in IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, based on the James Baldwin novel about a pregnant Harlem woman racing against time to clear her unjustly imprisoned fiance's name. Barry Jenkins is writing and directing.
And Spike Lee will team up with Jordan Peele to produce BLACK KLANSMAN, a thriller based on the true story of a black policeman (John David Washington) who infiltrated the KKK in the late 1970s by pretending to be a white supremacist in phone conversations. Lee is also directing.
Rosamund Pike and Taron Egerton will star in A PRIVATE WAR, a thriller based on the life of Marie Colvin, a journalist who covered conflicts in places like Kosovo, Chechnya, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone before being killed in Syria in 2012. Matthew Heineman is directing.
Sam Rockwell will play George W Bush in BACKSEAT, the biopic in which Christian Bale plays former vice president Dick Cheney. Costars include Steve Carell, Amy Adams and Bill Pullman. Adam McKay is directing.
Salma Hayek is joining Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard in THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT, a drama about the rapid-fire buying and selling of stocks on Wall Street. Kim Nguyen is writing and directing.
Morgan Freeman will star in THE MANUSCRIPT, a thriller about an imprisoned genius who plants clues in the memoir he's writing that will help his editor find a stash of diamonds he stole. John Moore is directing.
Rebecca Hall, Jude Law, Diego Luna and Liev Schreiber are joining Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez and Timothee Chalamet in Woody Allen's next movie, which is apparently a coming-of-age love story. Plot details are under wraps, as always.
Anthony Mackie and Kian Lawley have joined the cast of THE HATE U GIVE, based on the novel about a teen (Amandla Steinberg) caught between her poor, mostly black neighbourhood and her rich, mostly white prep school. Costars include Common, Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Algee Smith and Russell Hornsby.
Daniel Dae Kim has joined the cast of the HELLBOY reboot, as a Japanese-American soldier who can turn into a jaguar. Ed Skrein dropped out of the role after a social media outcry. The film stars David Harbour, Ian McShane and Milla Jovovich.
Toby Kebbell is joining Claire Holt in the psychological thriller BECOMING, about a young woman who learns that her fiance has become possessed by a murderous entity that decides it wants to stop killing and start a family. Omar Naim (The Final Cut) is directing.
Marianne Jean-Baptiste will star in the ghost story IN FABRIC, written and directed by Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio). The script centres on a dress that has been cursed, causing horror as it is passed from person to person. Filming is starts next month in the UK.
And JJ Abrams will be back to direct STAR WARS EPISODE IX, following the departure of Colin Trevorrow due to script issues. Abrams will now write the screenplay with Chris Terrio. As a result of this, the film's release has been pushed back from May to December 2019.
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