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Dwayne Johnson will star in THE JANSON DIRECTIVE, based on the Robert Ludlum novel about a former black-ops agent who is framed for a crime and must team up with a young hitman sent to kill him. James Vanderbilt and Akiva Goldsman are working on the script, which is being planned to launch a franchise.
Woody Harrelson is joining the starry cast of SUBURBICON, the dark comedy that George Clooney is directing from a script by the Coen brothers. Also in the cast are Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac and Josh Brolin.
Ellen Page will star in THE THIRD WAVE, a drama set years after humanity has been ravaged by a zombie virus, as scientists find a cure. Which leaves the recovered patients feeling guilty about their actions. David Freyne is writing and directing.
Jeff Bridges and Taylor Kitsch have joined Miles Teller and James Badge Dale in the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of firefighters who take on the battle to save an Arizona town from a huge wildfire. Joseph Kosinski is directing.
Michael Keaton is lined up to play the villain in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, although the filmmakers are keeping the role secret. Tom Holland stars in the film, alongside Robert Downey Jr and Marisa Tomei. Jon Watts is directing.
Jeff Goldblum and Karl Urban are joining the cast of THOR: RAGNAROK. Director Taika Waititi will shoot the sequel later this year in Australia with Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo and Tessa Thompson.
Noomi Rapace will join Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in BRIGHT, which is being described as a gritty police thriller set in a world where fairies and orcs live among humans. David Ayer is directing from a script by Max Landis.
Wanda Sykes and Ike Barinholtz are joining the cast of MOTHER/DAUGHTER, the comedy starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer. Jonathan Levine is directing from a script by Kate Dippold.
Johnathon Schaech has landed roles in two films. First is PHILLY FURY, starring Nicolas Cage as a dodgy businessman whose brother is kidnapped. And then there's DAY OF THE DEAD, Hector Vincens' remake of the 1985 zombie thriller in which Schaech will play a half-human/half-zombie.
And Milla Jovovich will join James Franco in FUTURE WORLD, a post-apocalyptic thriller directed by Franco and Bruce Thierry Cheung. It's about a young boy from a wealthy family who travels across a perilous wasteland to get medicine for his dying mother.
Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn to star in a new spin-off movie that will feature a number of DC Comics' female heroes and villains, including Batgirl. Robbie plays Quinn in this summer's Suicide Squad and has been involved in developing this new film.
Adam Driver and Michael Palin will star in THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE, Terry Gilliam's decades-in-development retelling of Cervantes' classic tale. This is at least the third time Gilliam has been ready to start filming since he had to shut down production over a series of calamities caught in 2002 doc Lost in La Mancha.
Robin Wright, Juliette Binoche and Freida Pinto will team up for TOGETHER NOW, a collection of seven shorts that will pair a female director with a lead actress. The directors are Wright, Catherine Hardwicke, Katia Lund (All the Invisible Children), Patricia Riggen (The 33), Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda), Malgorzata Szumowska (Elles) and Melina Matsoukas (Beyonce's Formation).
Michael Caine, Bill Nighy and Matthew Goode will star in FOUR KIDS AND IT, about a group of children who while on a beach holiday discover a strange creature who can grant them one wish per day. Andy De Emmony is directing.
Liam Neeson will star in a remake of the Norwegian thriller IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE, about a snowplow driver who seeks revenge after his son is murdered by the mob. The original film's director Hans Petter Moland is helming the remake, which will be set in Colorado.
Antonio Banderas will star in the action-comedy SALTY, based on the novel about an ageing rock star whose supermodel wife is kidnapped by pirates while they're on holiday. Director Simon West begins shooting in Chile next month.
Elisabeth Moss will star in THE SQUARE, a black comedy set in the international art world. Directed by Ruben Ostlund (Force Majeure), the film costars Danish actors Claes Bang and Christopher Laesso.
Natalie Dormer and Jai Courtney are joining GOD FOUR, about a documentary filmmaker who begins to examine the secrets and rivalries from his last year at college just before the class' 10-year reunion. Michael Douglas and Brenton Thwaites costar in the film, which is being directed by Todd Komarnicki.
John Cusack will star in the thriller MISFORTUNE, about a businessman who leaves his family to start a new life after embezzling a client's cash, but ends up in a state of desperation when he loses his money and has to battle with three young people to get it back. Lucky McGee is directing.
Imelda Staunton will star in FINDING YOUR FEET, a romantic-comedy about a woman whose life is turned upside-down just as she enters retirement. Richard Loncraine is directing from a script by Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft (St Trinian's).
Josh Duhamel and possibly Tyrese Gibson will be back for TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, the fifth in Michael Bay's action-effects series. Mark Wahlberg is also returning. Filming is underway in Cuba.
And Taye Diggs and Liev Schreiber have joined the cast of MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE, alongside Emily Blunt, Kristen Chenoweth, Michael Pena and Uzo Aduba. It's about a dark force that threatens Ponyville, requiring the residents to embark on a quest to save their home.
Jennifer Lawrence and Sandra Bullock are lined up to star in a sequel to the OCEAN'S ELEVEN films in which Bullock plays Danny Ocean's (George Clooney) ex-con sister, who assembles a gang of female thieves to steal a necklace from the Met Ball. Gary Ross is directing.
Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B Jordan are joining Chadwick Boseman in BLACK PANTHER. There's no word on whether this is an origin story or a sequel to Civil War, or if any of the Avengers might appear in the movie. This will be Jordan's third film with director Ryan Coogler.
Helen Mirren will star in the supernatural thriller WINCHESTER, based on the story of the Winchester Mystery House in California. Set in the 19th century, it's about a wealthy heiress who, on advice from a medium, builds a sprawling mansion after her husband and son die suddenly. Michael and Peter Spierig are directing.
Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones will team up for VILLA CAPRI, an action comedy about an ex FBI agent who enters witness relocation and discovers that now he has to get along with a former mob lawyer nemesis. Ron Shelton is directing.
Ellen Burstyn and Laura Dern will play mother and daughter in THE TALE, about a journalist digging into a journalist who discovers a shocking, forgotten story she wrote when she was 13. Costars include Elizabeth Debicki, Common, Jason Ritter, Frances Conroy and John Heard.
Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, Lesley Manville, James Norton, Jason Watkins and Simon Callow will star in HAMPSTEAD, a drama about an American widow in North London who fights authorities to protect the rights of a man living in a shack on the edge of the Heath. Joel Hopkins is directing.
Jeremy Irons and Jack Huston will star in AN ACTOR PREPARES, a comedy about a celebrated actor who takes a Los Angeles-to-New York road trip with his estranged son. Steve Clark is directing.
Richard Gere will star in THREE CHRISTS, based on the novel about a doctor who is treating three schizophrenic patients who believe that they're Jesus. Jon Avnet is directing and cowriting.
Mimi Rogers and Adrian Grenier have joined the cast of PUBLIC AFFAIRS, a political thriller about a young campaign aide who has an affair with the wife of a presidential candidate. This leads to threats of blackmail and more. Eric Bross is directing.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will star in the black comedy SMALL CRIMES, about an ex-cop who, after serving six years in prison for attempted murder, finds his attempt at redemption undermined by the mess he left behind. EL Katz is directing.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers will play a German officer in THE 12TH MAN, the true story of a Norwegian resistance fighter who plotted a raid on the occupying Nazis in 1943. Harald Zwart is directing.
And Shia LaBeouf will play John McEnroe in BORG/McENROE, a drama about the rivalry between the two tennis champions from 1978 to 1981. Sverrir Gudnason is playing Bjorn Borg, with Stellan Skarsgard as his coach. Janus Metz (Armadillo) is directing.
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