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Kate Winslet and Mackenzie Foy are lined up to star in a new film based on the classic novel BLACK BEAUTY, about a teen girl whose wild horse helps her overcome the death of her parents. Ashley Avis is writing and directing.
Colin Firth will star in the WWII thriller OPERATION MINCEMEAT, based on the true story of two intelligence officers who concoct an imaginative disinformation strategy to to distract the Nazis from an Allied invasion. John Madden is directing from a script by Michelle Ashford.
Chris Rock and Stanley Tucci are joining Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer in the fantasy adventure THE WITCHES, Robert Zemeckis' new adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel about a young orphan boy (Jahzir Kadeem Bruno) who stumbles across a secret gathering of witches.
Emilia Clarke will play the 19th century poet Elizabeth Barrett in the biopic LET ME COUNT THE WAYS. The film recounts the romance between Barrett and playwright Robert Browning. Bjorn Runge is directing from a script by Paula Milne.
Jason Momoa is set to appear in a remake of the 1993 action thriller CLIFFHANGER, this time centring on a female mountain-climber who is forced by criminals to retrieve a stolen loot that was dropped from a plane over the mountains. Ana Lily Amirpour is directing.
Andrew Garfield will star in INSTRUMENTAL, a biopic about concert pianist James Rhodes, recounting how music saved his life after a childhood of sexual abuse, eating disorders and spinal damage. James Marsh is directing.
Benicio Del Toro is lined up to play the villain in THE SUICIDE SQUAD, James Gunn's sequel/reboot, which again stars Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney and Joel Kinnaman, plus Idris Elba,Michael Rooker and David Dastmalchian.
Chris Pine will star in VIOLENCE OF ACTION, a thriller about a former marine who joins a paramilitary agency to support his family, then winds up on a black ops mission that goes wrong in Eastern Europe. Tarik Saleh is directing.
Mark Wahlberg and Jason Isaacs have joined the cast of SCOOB, the animated mystery that teams the Scooby-Doo team with other Hanna-Barbera characters. Also on board are Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Gina Rodriguez, Will Forte, Tracy Morgan and Ken Jeong.
And Mel Gibson will play a violent Santa in FATMAN, a blackly comical action thriller about a precocious 12-year-old who hires a hitman to kill Santa Claus after he only gets a lump of coal for Christmas. Ian and Eshom Nelms are writing and directing.
Chadwick Boseman has landed the title role in YASUKE, based on the true story of a Mozambican taken to Japan as a slave in the 16th century. The first recorded black man in the country, he goes on to become a samurai warrior. Doug Miro (Narcos) is writing the script.
Elisabeth Moss and Benedict Cumberbatch are set to star in THE POWER OF THE DOG, Jane Campion's adaptation of the novel about two wealthy brothers who own a giant Montana ranch and fall into a feud over a woman and her son.
Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges and Tracy Letts will star in FRENCH EXIT, a surreal comedy based on the novel about a penniless Manhattan socialite, her aimless son and the family cat, which is occupied by the soul of her late husband.
Tiffany Haddish and Chris Hemsworth will team up for DOWN UNDER COVER, a buddy comedy about a pair of detectives who go undercover to catch a group of Australian male strippers who are suspected of robbing casinos.
Rachel McAdams is reteaming with Will Ferrell and director David Dobkin for the comedy EUROVISION, which is set around Europe's epic annual song contest. Presumably they'll be shooting footage at the actual event next week.
Uma Thurman and Travis Fimmel will star in TAU CETI 4, set on the fourth planet in a solar system where a band of strangers turn up and begin killing the oligarchs and military thugs who keep the people under control. John McTiernan is writing and directing.
Jamie Bell will star in the 1940-set thriller DYNAMITE ROOM, based on the novel about a German soldier who invades rural England on a specific, mysterious mission. Olly Blackburn is directing from a script by playwright EV Crowe.
Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley will star in the political action thriller LONG GONE HEROES, about a mercenary in hiding who returns to action to find a combat reporter who has gone missing. Santiago Manes Moreno is directing.
Rosa Salazar and Henry Winkler are joining the cast of PINK SKIES AHEAD, about a young woman dealing with an anxiety disorder that forces her to drop out of school and move home. The film stars Jessica Barden, Lewis Pullman and Devon Bostick. Kelly Oxford is writing and directing.
And Roland Emmerich is planning the action sci-fi epic MOONFALL, about a random team of people trying to save mankind after something knocks the moon out of its orbit. Emmerich will produce, direct and cowrite the script.
Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins will team up for THE FATHER, based on the stage play about a woman whose offers of help are rebuffed by her mischievous, ageing father. Florian Zeller is directing from a script cowritten by Christopher Hampton.
Lupita Nyong'o is reteaming with Australian writer-director Abe Forsythe (Little Monsters) for a sci-fi comedy that's being described as Men in Black meets Miss Congeniality. Nyong'o is both starring in the film and producing.
Jamie Foxx and Orlando Bloom are joining Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell in WAR PIGS, an action thriller set just after WWII, as a retired marine enlists his colleagues to take down the drug cartel that killed his brother. Brad Fuhrman is directing.
Jamie Dornan and Holliday Grainger will team up for WILD MOUNTAIN THYME, based on the Broadway hit Outside Mullingar, about lovers from feuding families in rural Ireland. John Patrick Shanley is writing and directing.
Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess and Shinobu Terajima will star in ONE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES, based on the true story of a young Hiroshima survivor who teamed up with a Western journalist to write an inspiring children's book. Richard Raymond is directing.
Evangeline Lilly and Ike Barinholtz will star in the comedy HAPPY LIFE, about a new mother who begins to think her workaholic husband is having an affair with an Instagram celebrity, leading her into a fling with a younger man. David Stassen is writing and directing.
Jacob Tremblay will star in an animated remake of Charlie Chaplin's 1921 classic THE KID set in a future Manhattan that has been divided in two by the rising sea level. it's about a boy who runs away from his safe uptown home and has an adventure with a kindly robot downtown. Christian Volckman is directing.
Emile Hirsch, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Michael Madsen, Jeremy Piven, Paz Vega and popstar Anastacia will star in AMERICAN NIGHT, a noir thriller about how a mafia don and an art dealer team up when a famous painting is stolen. Alessio Jim Della Valle is directing.
Betty Gilpin has joined Ed Helms and Taraji P Henson in COFFEE & KAREEM, a comedy about a Detroit cop who teams up with his girlfriend's 11-year-old son (Terrence Little Gardenhigh) to catch a notorious criminal. Michael Dowse is directing.
And Paul Giamatti has joined the cast of GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE, an action thriller about mother-daughter assassins (Lena Headey and Karen Gillan). Angela Bassett costars in the film, which directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado start filming next month in Berlin.
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