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Carey Mulligan will play Gloria Steinem in AN UNCIVIL WAR, tracing the iconic feminist's attempts to pass the equal rights amendment in the early 1970s. The project reteams Mulligan with Mudbound director Dee Rees. This is not to be confused with the more personal-style biopic in which Julianne Moore is playing Steinem.
Sandra Bullock will play Senator Wendy Davis in LET HER SPEAK, which will dramatise her 13-hour filibuster in the Texas state house in 2013, which stalled an anti-abortion bill. The script is by Mario Correa.
Russell Crowe, George MacKay, Nicholas Hoult, Essie Davis and Travis Fimmel will star in Justin Kurzel's next film, THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG, based on the life of the Australian folk hero who died in a shootout with police in 1880. Shaun Grant's script is based on Peter Carey's award-winning book.
Millie Bobby Brown is lined up to play the lead role in THE SILVER CHAIR, the fourth film in the Chronicles of Narnia, in which the now elderly Prince Caspian seeks help from Eustace to find his long lost son. Joe Johnston is directing.
Michael B Jordan will make his directing debut with THE STARS BENEATH OUR FEET, based on the novel about a 12-year-old boy, while grieving his big brother's death in a gang-related incident, creates a world out of Legos.
Liam Hemsworth, Emory Cohen, Diane Guerrero, Suraj Sharma and Zlatko Buric will star in KILLERMAN, a thriller about a money launderer who gets amnesia in an accident after a big deal goes wrong. Director Malik Bader is currently filming in Georgia.
Jon Hamm will star in OFF SEASON, a supernatural thriller about a man who heads into the Canadian tundra to find his missing father, the unearths some shocking family secrets. Jonathan van Tulleken is directing.
Uzo Aduba will star in MISS VIRGINIA, based on the true story of a single mother trying to move her son from a dangerous innercity school to a more expensive one in the suburbs. RJ Daniel Hanna is directing.
Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Claflin, Gina Gershon and Patrick Warburton will voice characters in THE RED SHOES AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, a spin on the Snow White fairy tale in which the dwarfs are actually arrogant princes who have been cursed. The animation is in the final stages already.
Rupert Everett and Derek Jacobi are joining the cast of SWORDS AND SCEPTRES, a drama about the local army uprising against British rule in 1857 India. Costars include Nathaniel Parker, Jodhi May, Ben Lamb and Devika Bhise. Swati Bhise is directing.
Ashley Judd, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi and Edward James Olmos will star in A DOG'S WAY HOME, based on the novel about a dog who has a series of meaningful encounters as she makes a 400-mile journey to reunite with her owner. Charles Martin Smith is directing.
And Christopher Plummer will replace Kevin Spacey in ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, the drama about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer). Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg costar. Director Ridley Scott had already completed the film, but is reshooting all of Spacey's scenes. The plan is to still release the film next month.
Word has it that Leonardo DiCaprio is being lined up to star in Quentin Tarantino's next film, which will dramatise the Charles Manson cult's murderous activities. Other names mentioned for the project include Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and of course Samuel L Jackson.
Rebecca Ferguson is lined up to play actress Patricia Neal in the biopic starring Hugh Bonneville as author Roald Dahl. The film will depict their marriage in the 1960s as they travel to work in New York, Los Angeles and England. John Hay is directing.
Milo Ventimiglia is joining Jennifer Lopez in SECOND ACT, a romantic comedy about a shop clerk trying to prove that she has what it takes to succeed in advertising. Costars include Leah Remini and Vanessa Hudgens. Peter Segal is directing.
Chrissy Metz (This Is Us) will star in THE WILL O WISP, a psychological thriller about a nurse with a dodgy past and a recently divorced Montana rancher who see mysterious lights in the woods. Evan Cooper is writing and directing.
Sophie Turner will star in and produce GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY, based on the memoir about Juliane Koepcke, who at 17 was the only survivor of a plane crash, then endured an 11 day ordeal in the Peruvian rainforest. Stan Brooks is writing and directing.
Lena Headey, Toby Kebbell and Brian Blessed are set to star in BANKING ON MR TOAD, a biopic about Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame that will weave in animated scenes from his classic book. Luis Mandoki is directing.
Dave Franco, Ed Skrein and Brian Tyree Henry have joined the cast of Barry Jenkins' IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, based on the James Baldwin novel about a pregnant woman trying to prove her jailed boyfriend's innocence. The cast includes KiKi Layne, Regina King, Colman Domingo and Stephan James.
Megan Fox, Olivia Thirlby, Alan Ritchson and Jim Gaffigan will star in SHADOW GIRL, about a young photographer who has faded away to the point of invisibility, and the only man who can see her is a disgraced mixed martial arts fighter. Claudia Myers is writing and directing.
Topher Grace and Corey Hawkins have joined the cast of Spike Lee's THE BLACK CLANSMAN, about an African-American detective who manages to infiltrate the KKK. John David Washington, Adam Driver and Laura Harrier also star in the film.
And Jean-Claude Van Damme will star in THE BOUNCER, about a middle-aged nightclub doorman who ends up in prison, leaving his young daughter in care. To get her back, he takes a job with Interpol to bring down a Dutch gangster. Julien Leclercq is directing.
Julianne Moore will star as Gloria Steinem in the biopic MY LIFE ON THE ROAD, based on the memoir of the iconic feminist who led the equal rights movement from the 1960s onwards. Julie Taymor is directing from a script by Sarah Ruhl.
Lupita Nyong'o and Josh Gad will team up for LITTLE MONSTERS, a zombie comedy currently filming in Sydney starring Alexander England (Alien: Covenant) as a has-been musician who volunteers to chaperone his nephew's school trip to get closer to his teacher. Abe Forsythe is directing.
Margot Robbie and Elizabeth Banks are teaming up for THE PAPER BAG PRINCESS, about a young princess whose charming fiance is abducted by a dragon that burned her castle down, leaving her with just a paper bag to wear as she launches a rescue mission. Katie Silberman is writing the script.
Annette Bening and Bill Nighy will star in HOPE GAP, about a husband, wife and son dealing with the sudden end of a nearly 30-year marriage. William Nicholson is writing and directing.
Jamie Dornan will join Rosamund Pike and Taron Egerton in A PRIVATE WAR, the biopic of acclaimed correspondent Marie Colvin, who covered conflicts around the world until her death in a rocket attack in Syria in 2012. Matthew Heineman is directing.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star in the thriller 7500, replacing Paul Dano who had a schedule conflict. It's about an airplane hijacking that takes an unexpected turn for both the pilot and the hijacker. Writer-director Patrick Vollrath started filming this week in Germany and Austria.
Isla Fisher is joining Matthew McConaughey in THE BEACH BUM, Harmony Korine's comedy about a guy who drops out of society and has a series of misadventures. Filming starts soon.
Mickey Rourke, Anne Heche and Annaleigh Tipton will star in VESTIGE, a sci-fi thriller about an ice skater who finds herself competing at the Olympics against android opponents. Stephon Stewart is writing and directing.
Lily Collins is joining Zac Efron in the Ted Bundy biopic EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE. The film explores the serial killer's crimes through the eyes of his girlfriend, who eventually turned him in. Joe Berlinger is directing.
And Beyonce has been confirmed to voice Nala in Jon Favreau's photorealistic animated remake of THE LION KING. The cast also includes Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aldre Woodard, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner and John Oliver.
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