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Angelina Jolie is being lined up to play the title role in a remake of the 1935 classic THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. The film is part of Universal's franchise centred around its famed monster movies. Neil Burger was previously set to direct and cowrite with Dirk Wittenborn (The Lucky Ones).
Also in that same monster universe, Tom Cruise is in talks to star in a new version of the classic thriller THE MUMMY (not a reboot of the Brendan Fraser adventure series). Alex Kurtzman is directing from a script by Jon Spaihts.
Chris Hemsworth is lined up to play adventurer ALLAN QUARTERMAIN in a new franchise based on the 14 novels about the big game hunter written between 1885 and 1927. The most iconic Quartermain romp King Solomon's Mines has been filmed six times.
Emma Stone has joined the casts of two new films. First, she'll play Billy Jean King opposite Steve Carell's Bobby Riggs in BATTLE OF THE SEXES, based on the legendary 1973 tennis match. Then she'll star in LOVE MAY FAIL, a quirky drama about a woman who returns to her hometown to clear the name of her English teacher.
Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix will reteam for FAR BRIGHT STAR, based on the novel about an ageing cavalryman in 1916 who leads a group of young men on a hunt for Pancho Villa. Affleck is also directing the film.
Kenneth Branagh will direct and star as Hercule Poirot in a new film version of Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. The producers plan to bring an A-list cast on-board, as in the classic 1974 movie. The script is by Michael Green (Blade Runner 2).
Vin Diesel is reteaming with writer-director David Twohy for FURIA, a fourth film in the Riddick chronicles. They're also developing a TV series called Merc City that will centre on the mercenaries that operate in Riddick's universe.
Abigail Breslin will join Alex Lawther in FREAK SHOW, about a free-thinking teen who's the victim of bullying at his conservative high school. So he decides to fight back by campaigning to become the homecoming queen. Bette Midler and AnnaSophia Robb costar; Trudie Styler is directing.
Sam Riley is up for the role as villain in GHOST IN THE SHELL, based on the iconic Japanese sci-fi manga about a special ops cyborg (Scarlett Johansson) who leads a team fighting cyber-terrorists. Rupert Sanders is directing.
And Mark Hamill has confirmed that he will be back for Rian Johnson's STAR WARS EPISODE VIII. His presence in next month's EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS has been shrouded in secrecy.
Nicole Kidman is joining Gal Gadot and Chris Pine in WONDER WOMAN, as a "high-ranking Amazon warrior". And she'll also star in THE SILENT WIFE, about a woman who finally loses it when her long-unfaithful husband leaves her for a younger woman. Adrian Lyne is directing from a script by Billy Ray.
Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates are confirmed to star in THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN F DONOVAN, the English-language debut of award-winning Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan. The film tells the dual-strand story of a young actor and the late movie star he idolised as a child.
Jennifer Aniston is lined up to star in WHAT ALICE FORGOT, based on the book about a 40-year-old who wakes up after a head injury believing that she's 25 and that her life is far happier than it actually is. The script is by Shauna Cross.
Anne Hathaway, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloe Grace Moretz, Keanu Reeves, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Jeff Goldblum and Abraham Attah will star in THE MODERN OCEAN, an epic story of shipping routes for valuable cargo. Shane Carruth is writing and directing.
Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson and Gary Oldman will star in the action thriller HITMAN'S BODYGUARD, about a guy who's hired to protect an assassin, sparking an instant mutual loathing as they travel across Europe. Jeff Wadlow is directing.
Alicia Vikander is the favourite to take on the role of Lisbeth Salander, the title character in THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB, David Lagercrantz's follow-up novel after the late Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy. Producers are planning a reboot, rather than a sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Steven Knight is writing the script.
Taron Egerton, Ansel Elgort, Emma Roberts and Kevin Spacey are set for BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB, based on the true story of two outsiders who made a fortune in investments in the 1980s, but lost it all due to fraud, which led to murder. James Cox is directing.
Liam Nelson will star in FELT, a biopic about FBI agent Mark Felt, better known as Deep Throat, the source in the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s but whose identity wasn't made public until 2005. Peter Landesman is directing.
Greta Gerwig will join Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard in JACKIE, a drama about Jacqueline Kennedy in the four days following her husband's assassination in 1963. Pablo Larrain is directing.
Michael B Jordon will reteam with director Ryan Coogler for WRONG ANSWER, their third film together following Fruitvale Station and Creed. This one is a drama about an Atlanta schoolteacher caught up in the 2009 standardised test cheating scandal.
Jennifer Garner and Maika Monroe will star in TRIBES OF PALOS VERDES, based on the novel about two teens who move to the affluent coastal Los Angeles suburb with their troubled parents. Emmett and Brendan Malloy are directing.
And Billy Bob Thornton will finally be back for a BAD SANTA sequel, following up his 2003 black comedy in which he played a thieving, drunken shopping mall Santa Claus. Original cast members Tony Cox and Brett Kelly will also be back. Mark Waters is directing.
Jon Hamm is joining Ansel Elgort and Lily James in the black comedy BABY DRIVER. It's about a young driver who is forced by a crime boss to get involved in a messy bank robbery. Edgar Wright is directing.
Naomie Harris, Andre Holland (Selma), Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games) and singer-songwriter Janelle Monae will star in MOONLIGHT, based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. It traces a young man's coming of age during the drug wars of the 1980s and 90s. Writer-director Barry Jenkins is currently filming in Miami.
Demi Moore, Alec Baldwin and Dylan McDermott will star in BLIND, a drama about a novelist who was blinded in a car crash that killed his wife, then begins to live again when he begins an affair with a married woman. Michael Mailer is directing.
Evan Peters will star in WHERE THE WHITE MAN RUNS AWAY, a comedy based on the true story of a Canadian journalist who embedded himself with Somali pirates, interviewing the man who went on to hijack the Maersk Alabama, the event dramatised in Captain Phillips. Bryan Buckley is directing.
Judy Greer will be back as Cornelia, the wife of Andy Serkis' Caesar in WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES. Karin Konoval is also returning as the orangutan Maurice. Production is underway with costars Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Gabriel Chavarria and director Matt Reeves.
Chris Cooper will join Ben Affleck in LIVE BY NIGHT, based on the Dennis Lehane novel about organised crime in prohibition-era Florida. Affleck is also directing the film, which costars Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Chris Messina and Zoe Saldana. Filming begins next month.
Maria Bello, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Ksenia Solo have joined the cast of IN SEARCH OF FELLINI, a coming-of-age drama about a young girl on the trail of the legendary Italian filmmaker. Taron Lexton is directing from a script by Nancy Cartwright and Peter Kjenaas. Filming is underway in Ohio before moving on to Italy.
Sam Shepard is joining Matt Damon in the next BOURNE movie, which director Paul Greengrass is currently filming in Budapest with Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel and returning costar Julia Stiles. Neither the plot nor the title has been released yet.
Hugo Weaving and Ryan Corr have joined the growing cast of HACKSAW RIDGE, the World War II drama about the first conscientious objector (Andrew Garfield) to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Costars include Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer and Rachel Griffiths. Mel Gibson is directing.
And Charles Dance is returning as the vampire elder for the fifth UNDERWORLD movie, which has just started filming in Prague. Kate Beckinsale and Theo James reprise their roles as the vampire hunters, with Lara Pulver, Tobias Menzies and James Faulkner costarring.
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