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Scarlett Johansson has been offered the lead role in GHOST IN THE SHELL, a live-action version of the beloved manga about a covert group that specialises in fighting technology-related crimes. The story was previously adapted into a classic animated film in 1995; Rupert Sanders is directing the remake.
Tom Hardy is being pursued to take the title role in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. The first mutant, Apocalypse was born in Ancient Egypt and was teased at the end of Days of Future Past. Bryan Singer is directing the film, which will reunite the First Class cast.
Jena Malone has joined the cast of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, apparently playing Robin. Of course, no one will confirm the rumours, but she was spotted on set with her hair dyed red. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa.
Renee Zellweger will star in SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, based on the true story about the unlikely friendship between a wealthy art dealer and a homeless former share-cropper. Michael Carney is directing.
After Samuel L Jackson had to drop out due to scheduling issues, Eddie Murphy will star in COOK, a drama based on the true story of a chef hired by a dying man to make up a series of meals for his girlfriend and daughter after he's gone. Bruce Beresford is directing from a script by Susan McMartin (Californication).
Imogen Poots and Anton Yelchin will reunite for GREEN ROOM, a thriller that also stars Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Alia Shawkat, Mark Webber and Macon Blair. It's about a punk band that's trapped backstage in a theatre by a gang of racists. Filming starts this week in Oregon.
Morris Chestnut has joined Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dave Bautista and Gina Carano in BUS 657, about a desperate father who stages a casino heist to pay for his daughter's medical treatment, but ends up with a bus full of hostages.
Sean Bean is the latest new cast member for Ridley Scott's THE MARTIAN, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut trying to survive on Mars while a mission is launched to rescue him. The cast includes Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena and Kristen Wiig.
Game of Thrones' James Cosmo has joined the drama TOMORROW, which explores how soldiers struggle to reintegrate into society after serving in war zones, including issues related to post-traumatic stress, HIV and Aids. The cast includes Stephen Fry, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Paul Kaye, Joss Stone and Stephanie Leonidas.
Clancy Brown, David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens and Patrick Fischler have joined George Clooney in the cast of HAIL CAESAR, Joel and Ethan Coen's 1950s Hollywood comedy about a fixer who helps the studios cover up movie star scandals. Costars include Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Josh Brolin and Tilda Swinton.
Keith David (Cloud Atlas) and Beau Knapp (The Signal) will play the bad guys in THE NICE GUYS, which stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a private eye and a mob enforcer who team up to find a missing girl and solve the murder of a porn star. Shane Black is writing and directing.
And Ron Livingston has come on board to play Chloe Moretz's father in THE FIFTH WAVE, which is currently shooting. The film is about a young woman who survives four alien invasions and is trying to find her younger brother as a fifth attack begins. J Blakeson is directing the film, which also stars Nick Robinson, Alex Roe and Liev Schreiber.
Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie are being lined up for SUICIDE SQUAD, David Ayer's film of the DC comic about a team of antiheroes who work as expendable black-ops agents. Gosling is also apparently considering the title role in the biopic THE SECRET LIFE OF HOUDINI.
Christian Bale is lined up to play Steve Jobs in yet another biopic about the Apple pioneer. Directed by Danny Boyle from a script by Aaron Sorkin, this one apparently consists of just three extended scenes that take place backstage before one of the company's famed product launches: the Mac, the NeXT and the iPod.
Katie Holmes, Nicholas Hoult and singer Ariana Grande are joining the vocal cast for the animated comedy UNDERDOGS, about a team of loosing foosballers who reunite to reclaim their dignity. Also on board are Matthew Morrison, John Leguizamo and Chazz Palminteri. Juan Jose Campanella is directing.
Robert Redford is up for a key role in PETE'S DRAGON, a remake of the 1977 live action/animation hybrid about a boy whose parents die in a car crash, leaving him to be raised in the forest by a dragon named Elliot. Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence have been cast in the lead children roles.
Jackie Earle Haley has joined the cast of LONDON HAS FALLEN, the Secret Service action sequel reuniting Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Radha Mitchell. Directed by Babak Najafi (Easy Money II), it centres on a terrorist strike at the Prime Minister's funeral.
Gal Gadot and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) have joined the cast of the BEN-HUR remake, which stars Jack Huston as a man in 1st century Rome who is betrayed by his best friend (Toby Kebbell) and sold into slavery. Morgan Freeman costars in the film, which is being directed by Timur Bekmambetov.
Donald Glover and Aksel Hennie have joined the cast of Ridley Scott's sci-fi adventure THE MARTIAN, about an astronaut (Matt Damon) who is stranded on Mars and must survive long enough to be rescued. Also on board are Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena and Mackenzie Davis.
Briana Evigan and Emily Osment will star in LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED?, based on the short film about a society in which being gay is normal and people are bullied for being straight. Director-cowriter Kim Rocco Shields started filming this week in Los Angeles.
Shawn Levy is lined up to direct a film based on the videogame MINECRAFT, in which players use cubes to build walls and other things to protect themselves from monsters in a realm called The Nether. A big effects blockbuster is in the works.
And G Cameron Romero is planning to make ORIGINS, a prequel to his father George's iconic zombie 1968 movie Night of the Living Dead. The story is set in the late 1960s, when a scientist makes a deal with the US government so he can carry on his work, but loses control of it in the process. The film has launched a crowdfunding campaign.
Javier Bardem is lined up to play the villain in the fifth adventure PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, which again stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and possible other cast members from previous episodes. Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) are directing.
Buzz is again circling about a third SEX AND THE CITY movie, with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Jennifer Hudson all dropping hints that plans are underway. Kim Cattrall has also said that she's up for returning to the franchise.
Dave Bautista has reportedly landed the role as the villain's henchman Hinx in the 24th JAMES BOND movie, while Lea Seydoux is apparently up for a Bond girl role. Daniel Craig returns as 007 alongside Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and director Sam Mendes. Filming starts in December.
Kate Beckinsale may return for the fifth UNDERWORLD movie, alongside Theo James, who appeared in the fourth film. The film will apparently introduce a whole new plotline, and plans to expand into a television series as well.
Maggie Grace, Tom Welling and Alexandra Daddario are joining the cast of THE CHOICE, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel about a couple (Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker) falling in love in a picturesque coastal village. Director Ross Katz (Adult Beginners) starts filming next week in North Carolina.
Luke Wilson will join Will Smith for the drama GAME BRAIN, about chronic serious head injuries in American football. Peter Landesman is directing the film, which also stars Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha Raw, David Morse, Arliss Howard and Paul Reiser.
Lizzy Caplan is up for a role (possibly replacing Isla Fisher) in the illusionist thriller sequel NOW YOU SEE ME 2, which once again stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Michael Caine, plus Daniel Radcliffe. Jon M Chu is directing.
Martin Donovan has landed a role in ANT-MAN, based on the Marvel comic about a scientist who invents a suit that shrinks in size while increasing in strength. Filming is underway with Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena and Corey Stoll. Peyton Reed is directing.
Olivia Thirlby and Nelsan Ellis have joined the ensemble cast of THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT, which also stars Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Michael Angarano, James Frecheville, Johnny Simmons and Ki Hong Lee. Kyle Alvarez is directing the drama, which is about the notorious 1971 study on the limits of human cruelty.
And it won't be Iron Man 4 after all. Robert Downey Jr will return to the screen as Tony Stark in CAPTAIN AMERICA 3, which has been planned as the first in Marvel's "phase 3" of movies. The plot will apparently be based on the comics' Civil War storyline, which pits Downey's character against Chris Evans' Captain America
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