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Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum may team up for the next GHOSTBUSTERS movie, following on from Paul Feig's currently filming reboot starring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. The script has been written by Drew Pearce (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation), and the Russo Brothers are lined up to direct.
Jake Gyllenhaal is up for the lead role in STRONGER, the true story of Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and helped identify the suspect. David Gordon Green is directing the film, which shouldn't be confused with two other films about the attack: Daniel Espinosa's BOSTON STRONG and Mark Wahlberg's PATRIOT'S DAY.
Patricia Arquette will voice a witch in the animated film TROLL: THE RISE OF HARRY POTTER JR, which is unrelated to JK Rowling's blockbuster novels and franchise. It's a follow-up to a 1986 movie (11 years before Rowling's first book) about a different Harry Potter, who helped saved the world from a troll wizard.
Chris Pine is joining the cast of the stand-alone WONDER WOMAN movie as Steve Trevor, the love interest of Gal Gadot's title character. Although he won't be appearing with Gadot in next year's BATMAN V SUPERMAN. Patty Jenkins is directing from a script by Jason Fuchs.
Tommy Lee Jones is joining the next BOURNE movie, which reunites Matt Damon and Julia Styles with director Paul Greengrass, plus costar Alicia Vikander. There's no word on the plot or full title, but filming gets underway next month.
Donald Sutherland will star in MILTON'S SECRET, based on the children's novel about a preteen boy trying to live his own live while he struggles with being bullied at school. Barnet Bain is directing.
Jane Seymour, Denise Richards, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Sharni Vinson and Diamond Dallas Page will star in GODS AND SECRETS, a dark thriller about a tragedy that strikes a team of superheroes, sparking an epic war. Adi Shankar and Stuart Yost are directing.
Bill Milner, Toby Jones, Sam Keeley and Harry Lloyd have joined Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy in ANTHROPOID, a World War II thriller now filming in the Czech Republic with director Sean Ellis. It's the true story of a British-based mission to parachute into Prague and kill Hitler's designated successor, Reinhard Heydrich.
Mandy Moore, Claire Holt and Matthew Modine will star in 47 METERS DOWN, a thriller about two young women whose shark-viewing cage detaches from the boat and sinks to the seabed. Johannes Roberts (Storage 24) is directing.
And Tyrese Gibson has confirmed rumours that he has been in meetings about playing the Green Lantern in the JUSTICE LEAGUE movies as well as the stand-alone GREEN LANTERN CORPS adventure.
Michael B Jordan will star in JUST MERCY, the true story of a young lawyer who founded a legal practice to defend women, children and people who are poor and/or wrongly charged. Will Smith and Denzel Washington have also been rumoured for roles in the film, which Destin Cretton (Short Term 12) is directing and cowriting.
Vera Farmiga, Virginia Madsen and Suraj Sharma will star in BURN YOUR MAPS, a comedy-drama about about an 8-year-old American boy who believes he is actually a Mongolian goatherd born in the wrong place, so he teams up with an Indian filmmaker to travel east. Filming starts this week in Alberta.
Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman will be back for PACIFIC RIM: MAELSTROM, Guillermo Del Toro's sequel to his underwater alien blockbuster. There's no word on the plot, but the story is apparently set just a few years later.
Jennifer Ehle and Greg Kinnear will star in the next New York drama by Ira Sachs, a still-untitled film about two young friends (newcomers Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri) who refuse to speak to their parents when they get into a legal battle. Alfred Molina, Talia Balsam and David Krumholtz costar.
Garret Dillahunt and John C McGinley will star in ROUNDING THIRD, a drama about a little league baseball team. Dillahunt has also joined Aaron Paul in COME AND FIND ME, Zack Whedon's thriller about the hunt for a missing woman (Annabelle Wallis) who isn't who she seems to be.
Kal Penn, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Kimberly Williams-Paisley have joined Liam James, Sarah Steele and Austin McKenzie in SPEECH & DEBATE, based on the play about three misfit teens frustrated by the hypocrisy they see in their parents and teachers, so they take them on using the school debate club.
Jamel Debbouze will star in LEO THE AFRICAN, based on the true story of 16th century explorer Hasan Al-Wazzan, who escaped to Africa from the Spanish Inquisition and had a series of adventures involving pirates and princesses.
Joe Taslim (Fast & Furious 6) has joined the cast of STAR TREK BEYOND, the third adventure in the rebooted franchise starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban and John Cho, plus Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella. Filming is underway with Justin Lin directing.
Simon Cowell, Kenny Ortega and Adam Sabeti will respectively produce, direct and write DELINQUENTS, a music-based drama about a group of teen boys who meet at a juvenile detention centre and form a band. Yes, it's like a cross between Cowell's X-Factor and Ortega's High School Musical.
And Veep costars Timothy Simons and Matt Walsh are writing and costarring in RED SHIRTS, a university-set comedy about an American football team. There's no word on the plot. Simons and Walsh will be back for a fifth season of Veep next year.
Amy Poehler will produce and star in BALLS, a comedy in which she'll play a basketball coach who is hired by an NBA team. David Stassen is writing the script with Ike Barinholtz, who also has a supporting role.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be back for a sequel to JURASSIC WORLD, which will again be written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, but may not be directed by Trevorrow. This is hardly surprising since this summer's blockbuster is now the third highest grossing film of all time.
Henry Cavill is rumoured to have landed the role as Ana's leery new boss Jack Hyde in FIFTY SHADES DARKER, the sequel that will reunite Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. There's no director on board yet for this or the third episode FIFTY SHADES FREED.
Dwayne Johnson may reteam with San Andreas director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn for RAMPAGE, based on the arcade game about monsters trying to tear cities apart. The trio also worked together on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
Chloe Grace Moretz will join Zac Efron, Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen for NEIGHBORS 2, a sequel to the comedy about a couple battling with the frat house that moved in next door. There's no word yet on the plot of the follow-up. Nicholas Stoller will be back as director.
Leonardo DiCaprio is being lined up to star in THE CARTEL, based on Don Winslow's novel about the ongoing battle between a DEA agent and a Mexican drug kingpin. Ridley Scott is directing.
Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening, Elisabeth Moss, Corey Stoll, Brian Dennehy and Mare Winningham will star in a film version of Chechov's THE SEAGULL, directed by Broadway veteran Michael Mayer. It's the story of eight people who fall for the wrong person. Filming is underway in New York.
Brie Larson and Russell Crowe may join Tom Hiddleston in KONG: SKULL ISLAND, set in the mysterious home of the famous giant ape. The delayed final draft of the screenplay has already cost the film a few high-profile actors. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing.
Richard Jenkins has joined the cast of LBJ, which follows Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) from his poor childhood to presidency, which began with Kennedy's assassination in 1963 and is noted for the civil rights movement and Vietnam War. Rob Reiner is directing from a script by Joey Hartstone.
And Martin Scorsese's 1982 cult classic THE KING OF COMEDY is being adapted as a Broadway musical by Stephen Trask and Chris D'Arienzo, the composer and author, respectively, of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Rock of Ages. The original film starred Robert De Niro as a comedian who kidnaps chat-show host Jerry Lewis.
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