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Charlize Theron is lined up to play the villain in FAST 8, the first in the next trilogy of Fast & Furious movies. This one takes place in New York and Cuba, and also stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, et al. F Gary Gray is directing.
Johnny Depp has landed the lead role in a remake of THE INVISIBLE MAN, part of Universal's franchise linking remakes of their classic monster movies. Also in this slate is The Mummy with Tom Cruise and new projects featuring Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolfman.
Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh have been confirmed as the stars of DUNKIRK, Christopher Nolan's World War II thriller about the Allied evacuation of the French port in 1940. The film will also reunite Nolan with cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema and composer Hans Zimmer.
Leonardo DiCaprio will reteam with The Revenant screenwriter Mark L Smith for CONQUEST. There are no details yet on the plot or who might be lined up to direct the film.
Rosamund Pike will star in the drama GUERNSEY, based on the novel about a writer who travels to the Channel Island to write a novel about the residents' experience during World War II. Mike Newell is being lined up to direct from a script by Don Roos.
Amanda Seyfried and Ed Helms will star in THE CLAPPER, a black comedy about a professional infomercial audience member whose life unravels when he becomes briefly famous as a guest on a late-night chat show. Dito Montiel is directing.
Meanwhile, Anne Heche, Scott Speedman, Tom Everett Scott and Philip Baker Hall will join Seyfried in THE LAST WORD. Shirley MacLaine stars as a retired businesswoman trying to ensure that her life story is told her way after she's gone. Director Mark Pellington started filming this week.
Gary Oldman will join Gerard Butler in HUNTER KILLER, an action thriller about a rogue general who kidnaps Russia's president as part of a plan to start World War III. So a Navy Seal team sets out to stop him.
Frances McDormand is lined up to star in THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, about a woman who takes on the racist, corrupt police department in her hometown. Martin McDonagh is writing and directing.
Nicolas Cage has taken the lead in the thriller VENGEANCE: A LOVE STORY, based on the Joyce Carol Oates novel about a single mother who is blamed for provoking a gang rape. So a veteran cop decides to help her find justice. Samuel L Jackson was once attached to star in the film, which is being directed by Harold Becker.
Ethan Hawke will star in 24 HOURS TO LIVE, a thriller about an assassin who is killed but revived by his boss and given a second chance to sort out his life. Brian Smrz is directing.
And Josh Gad will star in the comedy HEAVY DUTY, as a guy who attends a wellness retreat because he believes that his live will improve if he loses weight. But the event takes an unexpected turn.
Jessica Chastain is lined up to star in WOMAN WALKS AHEAD, based on the true story of a Brooklyn artist who in 1889 travels with her teenage son to the Dakotas to help Sitting Bull gain the legal rights to the Sioux territory. Susanna White is directing.
Channing Tatum and Michael Shannon are teaming up for the heist movie LOGAN LUCKY. There's nothing else known about the film's plot, but apparently the script is so good that Stephen Soderbergh may abandon his self-imposed retirement to direct it.
Rooney Mara will star in a biopic about Mary Magdalene. The plan is to make a realistic portrait about the life of one of Jesus Christ's most loyal followers. The film reunites Mara with her Lion director Garth Davis.
Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis and Bill Hader will star in THE SOMETHING, a sci-fi comedy about a group of astronauts who, after being stranded in space for several years, discover another ship. Writer Rodney Rothman (22 Jump Street) is also directing.
Imogen Poots, Michael Pitt, Isabelle Huppert and Willem Dafoe will star in THE SLEEPING SHEPHERD, based on the true story of Stephane Breitweiser, who became an international art thief when his career as a painter stalled. Frank Hudec is writing and directing.
Meanwhile, Pitt is also set to join Scarlett Johansson and Pilou Asbaek in GHOST IN THE SHELL, a live-action remake of the classic Japanese manga sci-fi thriller about a robot who takes on dangerous criminals. Director Rupert Sanders starts filming this month in New Zealand.
Michael Pena will star in THE WORKER, an action thriller that's being described as Taken meets Bourne. It's about a Mexican black ops agent who enters the witness protection programme and moves to Los Angeles, posing as a day labourer. But of course, his former nemesis, a cartel boss, finds him. Jeremy Renner is producing.
Brenton Thwaites will star in OFFICE UPRISING, an action comedy about the employees of a top arms manufacturer who are given a drug to make them more efficient, but it instead turns them into killer zombies. Steven C Miller is directing.
Bill Sage, Dolph Lundgren, Rory Culkin, Thomas Dekker, Chris Zylka, Anastasia Baranova and Sabina Gadecki will star in the sci-fi horror comedy WELCOME TO WILLITS, which Trevor and Tim Ryan are adapting from their short film. It's about a rural Northern California.
And James Franco will direct ZOLA TELLS ALL, based on the 148-tweet account of a stripper taking a trip to Florida with her boyfriend, a friend and a violent pimp named Z. Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts are basing their script on both the twitter feed and a Rolling Stone article recounting the story.
Elizabeth Banks has joined the cast of the POWER RANGERS movie. She'll play the villain Rita Repulsa, an alien sorceress determined to rule the galaxy. Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Ludy Lin, Becky G and Naomi Scott play the rangers in the film, which is being directed by Dean Israelite.
Toni Collette has joined Vin Diesel in the cast of the sequel XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE. The action thriller also stars Samuel L Jackson, Tony Jaa, Jet Li, Deepika Padukone, Nina Dobrev and possibly Ice Cube. Director DJ Caruso starts filming this month.
Keira Knightley will star in COLETTE, a biopic about the French author who pushed boundaries in the early 1900s, daring to emerge from her husband's shadow to write about strong women and bisexuality. Wash Westmoreland is directing from a script he cowrote with his late partner Richard Glatzer (Still Alice).
Melissa Leo, Dianna Agron, Julianne Nicholson, Stacy Martin, Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism) and Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers) will star in NOVITIATE, a 1960s-set drama about a young nun who begins to question her faith. Maggie Betts is writing and directing.
Clive Owen will star in ANON, Andrew Niccol's psychological thriller set in a society that has eliminated crime by doing away with privacy and anonymity. Then Owen's detective meets a young woman who simply doesn't exist.
Martin Freeman, George MacKay and Andy Nyman will star in GHOST STORIES, based on the creepy stage show about a psychology professor whose skepticism about the supernatural is challenged. Nyman is directing from a script he cowrote with Jeremy Dyson.
Amr Waked will star in and produce THE MARIOTT CELL, the story of three journalists who were falsely charged and imprisoned for more than a year in Eqypt's Scorpion prison. The film is based on the book by one of the journalists, Mohamed Fahmy.
Asif Kapadia is teaming up with Martin Scorsese to direct and produce, respectively, SILVER GHOST, which traces the development of the iconic Rolls-Royce model by rivals Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce. Before that, Kapadia is making a documentary about Diego Maradona.
McG is lined up to direct a new MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE movie, based on the toys and animated fantasy TV series about a prince who receives super powers that transform him into He-Man. Dolph Lundgren starred in a movie version in the 1980s.
And Pope Francis will play himself in BEYOND THE SUN, a multi-strand adventure film in which a variety of children around the world go through events that echo the gospel narrative. The script is by Graciela Rodriguez. Profits from the film will benefit charities for at-risk children in Argentina.
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