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Despite the franchise-crushing closing credit sequence in this summer's 22 Jump Street, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill will indeed be back for 23 JUMP STREET, which will be written by returning screenwriter Rodney Rothman. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will be back as producers, but haven't said whether they'll direct again.
Jessica Chastain will star in THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN F DONOVAN, the English-language debut of acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan. The film is a Hollywood satire about an American actor who is hounded by a gossip columnist over his correspondence with an 11-year-old Londoner.
Katie Holmes will make her directing debut and perhaps star in the drama ALL WE HAD, based on the novel by Annie Weatherwax about a single mother and her 13-year-old daughter who move to a small town to escape the threat of poverty. Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is writing the script.
Denzel Washington will reteam with Training Day/The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua for THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, a remake of the iconic 1960 Western, which itself was a remake of the 1954 Kurosawa classic Seven Samurai.
Matt Damon will reteam with writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (Margaret) for MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, a drama about a Boston plumber who returns to his hometown after his brother's death to become guardian of his 16-year-old nephew. Filming starts next month.
Drew Barrymore will join Toni Collette in MISS YOU ALREADY, a drama about a lifelong friendship that is strained when one woman gets pregnant while the other is diagnosed with breast cancer. Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine and Jacqueline Bisset costar in the film, which director Catherine Hardwick has just started filming in London.
In addition to joining the cast of TED 2, Morgan Freeman has landed a role in the remake of BEN HUR, as the trainer behind the eponymous chariot-racing slave. Tom Hiddleston has been rumoured for the title role. Timur Bekmambetov is directing the epic adaptation of Lew Wallace's iconic novel.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Olsen will team with Hiddleston for I SAW THE LIGHT, the biopic about country star Hank Williams, who died at 29 of a life-long physical illness combined with alcoholism and drug addiction. Olsen will play William's wife Audrey Mae. Director Marc Abraham starts filming in Louisiana next month.
Steve Coogan has landed the title role in BOSWELL FOR THE DEFENCE, a film version of Patrick Edgeworth's play about the 18th century Scottish lawyer and diarist who takes on the landmark cast of a woman sentenced to death. Gregor Jordan (Ned Kelly) is directing.
Theo James will star in the fifth UNDERWORLD movie, reprising the role he played in last year's Underworld: Awakening. Rather than a reboot or sequel, the film is a spin-off centring on his character, a vampire named David.
And the indefatigable James Franco will writer, direct and/or star in a film adaptation of Chuck Palahnuik's novel RANT, about a teen rebel who leads a demolition derby team and unleashes a zombie epidemic in post-apocalyptic America.
Julia Roberts will join Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow in THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES, a remake of the Oscar-winning Argentine thriller about an ex-lawyer haunted by a 25-year-old unsolved murder. Writer-director Billy Ray starts filming next month in Los Angeles.
Zac Efron and Robert De Niro may team up for DRIVING DICK KELLY, a road comedy about a young guy who drives to Florida with his ex-military grandfather, who is trying to convince him that he's about to marry the wrong woman. Dan Mazer is directing.
Naomi Watts and Jake Gyllenhaal will star in the romantic drama DEMOLITION, about an investment banker struggling to get over his wife's death when he meets a woman who changes his life. Jean-Marc Vallee is directing.
Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning and Sienna Miller have landed the three female leads in LIVE BY NIGHT, based on the Dennis Lehane novel about a man who becomes a mobster in Prohibition-era Boston, then moves up the ranks to Florida and Cuba. Ben Affleck stars in the film and is also directing.
Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom and Michael Douglas will star in the thriller UNLOCKED, about a CIA interrogator racing to stop a biological attack on London after she inadvertently leaks information to a terrorist group. Michael Apted is directing.
Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LaBeouf are up for the lead roles in ARMS AND THE DUDES, based on a Rolling Stone article about two low-level arms dealers who get a huge contract to supply weapons in Afghanistan and realise that they're far out of their depth. Todd Phillips is directing.
Meanwhile, Kate Mara and Gary Oldman will join LaBeouf for the thriller MAN DOWN, which follows an Afghanistan veteran coming to terms with his past while searching for his family in post-apocalyptic America. Director Dito Montiel starts filming next month in New Orleans.
Louis CK has joined the cast of TRUMBO, the biopic about screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted for refusing to cooperate with the McCarthy Hearings. The film also stars Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Diane Lane and Elle Fanning. Director Jay Roach starts filming next week.
Hugo Weaving and Sohum Shah (Ship of Thesus) are up for roles in BIRD ECLIPSE, a fantasy period drama by Anand Gandhi. It spans 30 years after WW2, during which a family searches for a treasure in a world populated by fallen gods and sleeping immortals.
And Sean Harris will play the villain in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5, opposite the returning Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames, plus Alex Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson. Filming is underway in London with director Christopher McQuarrie.
George Clooney will direct HACK ATTACK, tracing the News International phone-hacking scandal. In a flurry of conjecture, names listed for the cast include Geoffrey Rush (as Rupert Murdoch), Lucy Liu (Wendi Deng Murdoch), Colin Firth (Piers Morgan), Jessica Chastain (Rebekah Brooks) and Michael Sheen (Tony Blair).
Meanwhile, Chastain and Kristen Wiig are lined up to join Matt Damon in THE MARTIAN, based on the novel about an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must use his ingenuity to get back home. Ridley Scott is directing.
After months of conjecture, it looks like Joaquin Phoenix has landed the role as DOCTOR STRANGE, the surgeon-turned-sorcerer from the Marvel comic books. Scott Derrickson is directing.
Charlie Hunnam is the leading contender to play Snake Plissken in a remake of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, the 1981 post-apocalyptic action thriller about a mercenary sent to rescue the kidnapped US president from Manhattan, which has been turned into an anarchic prison. Dan Stevens and Jon Bernthal have also been mentioned for the role.
Meanwhile, Hunnam and Margot Robbie are lined up to star in THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, about two strangers who charter a small plane together when their flight is cancelled, then crash in the middle of nowhere. Hany Abu-Assad is directing.
Guy Pearce, Kerry Fox and Anthony LaPaglia will star in HOLDING THE MAN, based on the play about a 15-year romance between two young men (Ryan Corr and Craig Stott) in the 1970s-80s. Director Neil Armfield (Candy) starts filming in Melbourne next week.
Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke are up for the lead roles in ME BEFORE YOU, based on the Jojo Moyes novel about the relationship between a young woman who decided to help a man who loses the will to live when he's confined to a wheelchair after an accident. Thea Sharrock is directing from a script by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (500 Days of Summer).
Kate Beckinsale and Lucas Till will star in the thriller THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM, about a woman who moves into a country house, then discovers a secret attic room that reveals a grisly past. DJ Caruso is directing from a script by Wentworth Miller. Filming started this week in North Carolina.
Radha Mitchell and Richard Roxburgh will plat the lead roles in LOOKING FOR GRACE, about a couple driving across the remote West Australian countryside after their 15-year-old daughter (Odessa Young) empties the family safe and runs away. Sue Brooks (Japanese Story) is directing.
And Vince Vaughn will star in THE POLITICIAN, about an American official who is trapped in a prostitution scandal and ends up on the run from both the cops and a gang of drug dealers. Seth Rogen is producing, while Michael Dowse is directing.
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