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Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Timothy Olyphant and Rhys Ifans have joined join Joseph Gordon-Levitt in SNOWDEN, Oliver Stone's film about whistleblower Edward Snowden. Filming started last week in Munich with costars including Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson and Melissa Leo.
Kristen Bell is joining Melissa McCarthy and Peter Dinklage in MICHELLE DARNELL, a comedy about a business woman trying to rebrand herself after a stint in prison for insider trading. Ben Falcone is directing.
Gal Gadot is up for a role in the action-comedy KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES, opposite Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher. It's about a suburban couple that discovers their seemingly perfect neighbours are actually undercover agents. Greg Mottola is directing.
Kellan Lutz and Gina Carano will join Bruce Willis in EXTRACTION, the action thriller about a rookie CIA operative who sets out to rescue his kidnapped father against his boss' orders. Steven C Miller is directing.
Meanwhile, Piper Perabo is joining Willis, as well as Ben Kingsley, Ellen Burstyn and Cameron Monaghan, in the action thriller WAKE, about a funeral disrupted by the deceased's brother, a sociopath who terrorised the family until he disappeared years ago. John Pogue is directing.
Connie Nielsen is joining Maria Valverde, Adam Bakri and Mandy Patinkin in ALI & NINO, an epic romance based on the Kurban Said novel. Asif Kapadia is directing from a script by Christopher Hampton. Filming is underway.
Isabelle Fuhrman and Martin Henderson will join Max Martini, Kimberly Elise and Johnathon Schaech in HELLBENT, a drama about a runaway teen who teams up with a fugitive on a cross-country journey to meet her father. Filming started last week in New Mexico.
Jay Hernandez is up for a role in SUICIDE SQUAD, which writer-director David Ayer is working on. The cast includes Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne and Joel Kinnaman.
Haley Bennett will reteam with her The Equalizer costar Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua for the remake of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, which was itself a remake of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. She'll play a widow who hires a bounty hunter to rid her town of a cruel baron and his gang of thugs. Chris Pine costars.
And filmmaker Jon S Baird is reteaming with Filth author Irvine Welsh to adapt Walter Scott's classic adventure IVANHOE for the big screen. It's about a knight who returns to England following the Third Crusades, where he battles to depose King John and restore his brother Richard to the throne.
Scarlett Johansson will star in THE PSYCHOPATH TEST, based on Jon Ronson's book about people whose lives have been touched by madness, including the psychologist who developed the list of traits that identify psychopaths. Jay Roach is directing.
Ewan McGregor will make his feature directing debut with AMERICAN PASTORAL, based on the acclaimed Philip Roth novel. McGregor will star as an all-American jock who marries a beauty queen (Jennifer Connolly) and has the dream life until their daughter (Dakota Fanning) commits an act of terrorism protesting the Vietnam War.
Anne Hathaway is lined up to star in THE BURNING WOMAN, a dramatic thriller set over 11 years in small-town Pennsylvania where a teen girl goes missing, leaving her mother to raise her infant son. Brad Ingelsby (Run All Night) wrote the script, and Ridley Scott is producing.
Michelle Williams will reteam with writer-director Kelly Reichardt for a third time in a drama based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Laura Dern, Jared Harris and James Le Gros are also in the cast. Plot details are being kept under wraps.
Will Smith will lead the thriller BOUNTY, as a man wrongly convicted of murder who breaks out of prison to clear his name. Then the victim's widow puts a $10m bounty on his head, which naturally grabs the attention of quite a few vigilantes. The script is by Sascha Penn.
Iconic comedian Jerry Lewis is joining Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood and Sky Ferreira in THE TRUST, about two cops who team up to rob a secret vault full of drug money in Las Vegas. Directors Ben and Alex Brewer are currently filming.
Kodi Smit-McPhee will play Nightcrawler in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, joining Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey) and Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) to play younger versions of X-Men who have previously appeared on-screen. Bryan Singer is back as director, along with the First Class cast as well as Oscar Isaac and Rose Byrne.
Charlotte Rampling, Willie Nelson and Sophie Lowe will star in WAITING FOR THE MIRACLE TO COME, about an aspiring trapeze artist who finds a letter from her deceased father containing a map to a gold mine in the California desert. But there she meets a pair of retired vaudeville stars. Bono and Wim Wenders are producing.
Demi Lovato will voice one of the female leads and produce the musical score for CHARMING, an animated adventure in which Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty all discover that they're chasing after the same prince.
And Neill Blomkamp will make a new film in the ALIEN franchise, a direct sequel to the previous films. Ridley Scott is producing the sequel, even as he works on his own prequel PROMETHEUS 2. But there's no word yet on whether Sigourney Weaver will be back as Ripley.
Marion Cotillard is joining Michael Fassbender in the cast of ASSASSIN'S CREED, a dual strand thriller set in the present day and during the Spanish Inquisition. The film reunites Cotillard and Fassbender with Macbeth director Justin Kurzel.
Jamie Dornan and Guillaume Canet will star in JADOTVILLE, based on the 1961 siege of 150 UN troops in the Congo after the murder of local leader Patrice Lumumba. Richie Smyth is directing.
Jeff Bridges will star in THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN, based on the bestselling novel about a veteran journalist who gets entangled with his daughter's best friend in the days leading up to 9/11. Lake Bell is directing from a script by Noah Baumbach.
John Travolta is lined up to star in I AM WRATH, an action-thriller about a guy who takes justice into his own hands after the police is unable to catch his wife's murderer. Director Chuck Russell starts filming next month in Ohio.
Gina Carano is joining Ryan Reynolds, TJ Miller and Ed Skrein in DEADPOOL, the Marvel adventure that spins off Reynolds' character from X-Men Origins: Wolverine for his own adventure. Carano is playing underground mutant Angel Dust. Effects expert Tim Miller is directing.
Taron Egerton, Mark Strong and possibly Colin Firth may all be back for a sequel to KINGSMAN, which filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, screenwriter Jane Goldman and author Mark Millar are apparently already working on. The idea is to follow Egerton's Eggsy as he further transforms into the modern-day image of a gentleman spy.
Willem Dafoe is joining Matt Damon in GREAT WALL, an action film about a group of elite soldiers making a last stand for humanity on the Great Wall of China. Zhang Yimou is directing from a script by Tony Gilroy.
Joel Kinnaman is lined up to take one of the lead roles in SUICIDE SQUAD after Tom Hardy had to drop out. The film also stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne. David Ayer is directing.
Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan and Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen) have joined the cast of INFERNO, the sequel to The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. Ron Howard is back as director, with Tom Hanks back as Robert Langdon. Felicity Jones is also on board this time.
And Tony Hale will play the villain in ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP, a fourth comedy adventure in the series featuring the sped-up voices of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCarthy as the three mischievous chipmunks and Jason Lee as their manager Dave.
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