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Megan Fox will play a war correspondent in the Korean film JANGSA-RI 9.15, which dramatises a key landing during the Battle of Inchon in 1950. Costars include Kim Myung-mim and actor-rapper Choi Min-ho. Kwak Kyung-taek (Friend) is directing.
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson will be back for THE CONJURING 3, which will again be written by David Leslie Johnson. There's no word on the plot, although it will again be loosely based on the true story of ghostbusters Lorraine and Ed Warren.
Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan will star in SYNCHRONIC, a thriller about two New Orleans paramedics dealing with the supernatural fallout from a bizarre designer drug. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are directing.
Idina Menzel is joining the cast of UNCUT GEMS, the Safdie Brothers' drama about a New York jeweller (Adam Sandler) trying to juggle two relationships and his ganbling addiction. Costars include Lakeith Stanfield and Eric Bogosian.
Darren Criss and Alexander Ludwig are the latest members of the growing ensemble cast for MIDWAY, the story of the WWI battle for the Pacific island directed by Roland Emmerich. Costars include Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Dennis Quaid, Woody Harrelson, Nick Jonas, Ed Skrein and Mandy Moore.
Dean Norris, Gil Bellows and Lorraine Toussaint have joined the cast of STRANGE STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, about a group of teens trying to solve a series of mysterious deaths in their town. Andre Ovredal is directing; Guillermo Del Toro is producing and cowriting.
William Fichtner, Olivia DeJonge and Alex Neustaedter will star in JOSIE & JACK, about teen siblings home-schooled by their demanding teacher father in a derelict mansion in rural Pennsylvania. Sarah Lancaster is directing.
Leslie Odom Jr, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles and Clarke Peters will join Cynthia Erivo in HARRIET, a biopic about American Civil War freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave who helped spirit others to the North. Kasi Lemmons is directing.
Adam Beach, Grave Dove, Nathaniel Arcand, Glen Gould and Stefany Mathias will star in the MONKEY BEACH, a mystery about a young woman who can foretell death as she struggles to cope with her brother's disappearance. Loretta Todd is writing and directing.
And Patrick Stewart will play Bosley in the new CHARLIE'S ANGELS reboot, which stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the team of undercover private investigators. Apparently there will be several Bosleys in this take on the story. Elizabeth Banks is directing, and also playing a Bosley.
Halle Berry will star in and make her directing debut with BRUISED, about a disgraced mixed martial-arts fighter who not only has to return to fighting but also has to learn to be a mother to the 6-year-old son she abandoned a year earlier.
Kit Harington is the latest actor mentioned as a contender to star in Matt Reeves' movie THE BATMAN. Others up for the role include Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Hamm and Jack Huston. Very little is known about the film, which could be a sequel, prequel or reboot.
Zazie Beetz, Andre Holland, Zachary Quinto and Kyle MacLachlan will star in HIGH FLYING BIRD, about a sports agent pitching a rookie basketball player during a lockout. Steven Soderbergh is directing from a script by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight).
Lakeith Stanfield has joined the cast of UNCUT GEMS, a dark drama starring Adam Sandler as a jeweller with a gambling addiction and two relationships. Costars include Eric Bogosian and Judd Hirsch. The Safdie Brothers are directing.
Melissa Leo and Bella Thorne will star in LEAVE NO ONE ALIVE, about an actress whose son dies, and when police rule it an accidental overdose she kicks into action to solve the mystery with the help of her son's drug dealer. Kevin Corrigan, Adrian Martinez, Benedict Samuel and Michael Potts costar.
Wanda Sykes and Gabriel Iglesias are the latest new vocal cast members for UGLYDOLLS, the animated adventure based on the toys that challenge body issues and confront the idea of beauty. Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas and Pitbull are already on board.
Jennifer Garner will produce and star in YES DAY, a comedy based on the book about the one day each year when parents must say "yes" to every request from their children. Miguel Arteta is directing from a script by Justin Malen (Father Figures).
Billie Piper, Kerry Fox, David Thewlis and Leo Bill will star in RARE BEASTS, a black comedy about a single mother trying to sustain her writing career and raise her son when she meets a man struggling with his self-image in the female empowerment age. Piper is also making her directing debut.
Adrian Grenier and Mya Taylor have joined the cast of the comedy STAGE MOTHER, about a conservative Texas church-choir director (Jacki Weaver) who inherits her son's San Francisco drag club and decides to make a go of it. Lucy Liu costars in the film, which director Thom Fitzgerald will start filming this week in Nova Scotia.
And Jordan Peele may produce and direct a remake of the 1992 horror movie CANDYMAN, about a murderous spirit who is conjured by saying his name five times into a mirror. The element that intrigues Peele is the backstory: the spirit was a successful black man who had a child with a white woman in 1890 and was lynched by the woman's father.
Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Chris Evans, Mia Wasikowska and Tracy Letts are liked up to star in THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME, based on the novel set in rural Ohio where a man becomes desperate to save his dying wife while their son is finally standing up to school bullies. Antonio Campos is directing.
Common and Colin Farrell are joining Jessica Chastain in the action thriller EVE, about a female assassin. The film reunites Chastain with The Help director Tate Taylor, who starts filming later this month in Boston.
Michael Caine is joining Ben Foster for MEDIEVAL, a historical drama based on the story of Czech national hero Jan Zizka, whose innovative strategies defeated much bigger armies. Director Petr Jakl starts filming later this month in Prague.
Charlie Hunnam has joined the cast of Justin Kurzel's TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG, based on the Peter Carey novel about the notorious Australian outlaw. George MacKay, Nicholas Hoult, Russell Crowe, Essie Davis and Thomasin McKenzie costar.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Majors (White Boy Rick) is joining Hunnam in JUNGLELAND, the story of a bare-knuckle boxer (Jack O'Connell) who travels across America with his brother for one last fight, and along the way their bond is tested by a travelling companion (Jessica Barden). Max Winkler is directing.
Laura Harrier, Alex Pettyfer, James D'Arcy, Charlotte Le Bon and Mena Massoud will star in WARNING, an arthouse drama about people in the technological near future grappling with the meaning of life. Director-cowriter Agata Alexander plans to shoot the film in Romania.
Yvette Nicole Brown is joining the on-screen cast of Disney's live-action remake of LADY AND THE TRAMP, a love story about a pampered pooch (voiced by Tessa Thompson) who falls for a street mutt (Justin Theroux). Thomas Mann and Kiersey Clemons also appear on-screen.
Broadway stars Lea Salonga and Eva Noblezada have teamed up for YELLOW ROSE, a musical drama about a Filipino-American teen from Texas who dreams of becoming a country music star, but finds her journey derailed when her mother is arrested by immigration officers. Diane Paragas is directing.
Colin Woodell (Unsane) will join Harrison Ford and Dan Stevens in CALL OF THE WILD, based on the classic Jack London novel about a prospector searching for gold in the Yukon. Chris Sanders is directing from a script by Michael Green (Logan).
And Charlie Day will write and make his directing debut with the comedy EL TONTO. He's also starring as a dimwitted mute who accidentally rises through the ranks of stardom in Hollywood, becoming a major celebrity before losing everything. Filming is set to start next month.
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