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Bradley Cooper will play anti-terrorist operative MACK BOLAN, subject of 38 novels by Don Pendleton and more than 900 spin-off books by other writers. Cooper's Hangover cohort Todd Phillips plans to direct a trilogy to start with. Meanwhile, Cooper and Phillips are also reteaming to produce A THOUSAND PIECES OF DYNAMITE, the true story of a $3 million extortion plot involving a bomb planted in a casino in 1980.
Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames will all be back alongside Tom Cruise for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5, along with newcomer Rebecca Ferguson. Christopher McQuarrie is writing and directing, and plans to shoot the film in London and Vienna.
Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, John Slattery and T.I. have joined the cast of ANT-MAN, the Marvel adventure about a man who's able to shrink in size while increasing in power. The film stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll and Michael Pena and has just started shooting in San Francisco with director Peyton Reed.
Malin Akerman has joined Dan Stevens in THE TICKET, a drama about a blind man who regains his sight and becomes obsessed with the supernatural. Director Ido Fluk is currently filming in upstate New York.
Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia are lined up to join Gerard Butler in the adventure thriller GEOSTORM, about a group of scientists trying to protect the world from an enormous man-made storm. Meanwhile, others are plotting to assassinate the US president. Dean Devlin is directing.
Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) will play the eponymous writer in MARY SHELLEY'S MONSTER, a biopic costarring Jeremy Irvine and Taissa Farmiga. The story centres on the young author as she writes Frankenstein. Coky Giedroyc is directing.
Shannyn Sossamon has landed the lead role in SINISTER 2 as a woman who moves into a freaky rural house with her twin sons (Robert and Dartanian Sloan). The sequel just started filming this week in Chicago, with James Ransone back as the deputy. Writers Scott Derrickson and C Robert Cargill are back as well, but Ciaran Foy (Citadel) is directing.
Peter Stomare will play a fallen angel opposite Bruce Campbell in WELCOME TO PURGATORY, a fantasy thriller about three new arrivals in the afterlife who are trying to stop an impending war between the forces of God and Satan.
Jonathan Good, better known as wrestler Dean Ambrose, will star in the action thriller LOCKDOWN, about a policeman who finds himself being hunted by dirty cops who are trying to collect all incriminating evidence against them. Director Stephen Reynolds starts filming next week.
And The Conjuring writers Carey and Chad Hayes are working on two more JOURNEY sequels, following 2008's Journey to the Center of the Earth and 2012's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Dwayne Johnson will be back for both new adventures.
Tom Hiddleston is being lined up for a remake of BEN HUR, the Ancient Roman epic about a nobleman falsely sent into slavery by his best friend, then having to choose between forgiveness and revenge. Timur Bekmambetov is directing.
Jamie Dornan is lined up to play King Arthur in Guy Ritchie's series of movies about the KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE. If the first film is a success, there are potentially eight films in the franchise. Idris Elba has also been mentioned as a member of the cast.
Dakota Fanning will play the daughter of Jennifer Connelly and Ewan McGregor in AMERICAN PASTORAL. Based on Philip Roth's acclaimed novel, it's about a seemingly perfect couple who must face grim reality when their daughter plants a terrorist bomb in protest of the Vietnam War. Phillip Noyce is directing.
Lee Pace has landed a lead role in PRISONER OF WAR, a sci-fi thriller about an American soldier who teams up with a French aid worker in Africa, where humanity is taking one last stand against a massive alien invasion. Filming starts next month in South Africa with director Joe Miale.
Samantha Barks, Tom Cullen, Ken Stott, Charlie Creed Miles, Kierston Wareing, Emma Rigby and Steven Mackintosh have joined the cast of A HUNDRED STREETS, a multi-strand drama about Londoners facing important decisions in their lives. Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton have already shot much of their segment with director Jim O'Hanlan.
Jack Huston, Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote will star in the film version of the mash-up novel PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, in which a charismatic military leader is trying to train the undead to fight. Burr Steers is directing.
Gal Gadot and Alice Eve will join Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman in the thriller CRIMINAL, directed by Ariel Vromen. This is the one about a prisoner who has a dead CIA operative's memories implanted into his brain.
Sanaa Lathan, Rutina Wesley, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut will star in the thriller THE PERFECT GUY, about a woman whose ex-boyfriend begins to stalk her, leading her to take extreme action. David Rosenthal is directing.
Christopher Lloyd, Jane Kaczmarek and newcomer Tekola Cornetet will star in THE BOAT BUILDER, about a retired Merchant Marine captain who decides to build a ship in front of his house. Writer-director Arnold Grossman starts filming next week in San Francisco.
And Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will produce a feature film of HENCHMAN, based on the animated short about a janitor who stumbles across a powerful suit while working in Supervillain City's Bad Guy Museum. The filmmakers haven't said whether they'll make a live-action or animated feature.
Tom Cruise is up for the lead role in SOUTH CHINA SEA, a fast-paced action thriller set on the water about an imprisoned American who is offered his freedom if he helps Hong Kong officials take on a pirate gang that his estranged son is involved with. Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein (Underworld: Awakening) are directing.
Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Aaron Eckhart, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci and Michael Keaton will star in SPOTLIGHT, a drama about the cover-up of paedophilia in the Catholic church, based on the investigation launched by the Boston Globe. Tom McCarthy is directing from a script he wrote with Josh Singer (The West Wing).
Meanwhile, Schreiber is up for a key role opposite Chloe Grace Moretz in THE 5TH WAVE, based on the Rick Yancey bestseller about the survivors of four waves of alien attacks, which have left earth's population devastated and desperate. J Blakeson is writing and directing.
Naomie Harris and Beau Knapp (Super 8) are joining Jake Gyllenhaal in the cast of SOUTHPAW, the story of a boxing champion whose personal life falls apart as his career takes off. Antoine Fuqua is directing.
Matthew Rhys will play a rival chef opposite Bradley Cooper in John Wells' now-untitled comedy about a chef chasing three Michelin stars. Now filming in London, it costars Sienna Miller, Jamie Dornan, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman and Daniel Bruhl.
Ian McShane and Nelsan Ellis have joined the cast of BOLDEN, a biopic about legendary jazz musician Buddy Bolden, who will be played by Gary Carr (Downton Abbey). Bolden was in on the start of New Orleans ragtime, and was later diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Elijah Wood has joined the cast of THE LAST WITCH HUNTER, about an immortal witch hunter (Vin Diesel) who teams up with his mortal enemy, a witch (Rose Leslie), to save New York from a supernatural attack. Michael Caine costars in the film, which is being directed by Breck Eisner.
Lizzy Caplan and Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street) are joining Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie for a comedy about three childhood buddies who meet up for their annual drug-fuelled Christmas Eve in New York City. Jonathan Levine is directing.
Tony Jaa and Scott Adkins will join Dave Bautista, Alain Moussi and George St Pierre in a 3D remake of Jean Claude Van Damme's 1989 action movie KICKBOXER, about a martial artist who travels to Thailand, where he must learn how to kickbox in order to avenge his brother's death.
And the comedy music group The Lonely Island, made up of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, are working with Judd Apatow to develop a movie project. Aside from being set in the world of music, there's no word yet on the plot.
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