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Bradley Cooper plans to direct and star opposite Beyonce in a remake of A STAR IS BORN, the steadily remade story of a young star who gets help from a jaded has-been icon on her way to the top.
Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal are up for the lead roles in NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, Tom Ford's thriller based on the dual-strand novel Tony and Susan, about a woman who receives the manuscript for a book by her ex-husband, which forces her to confront her past. George Clooney is producing.
Anna Kendrick will reteam with Rocket Science director Jeffrey Blitz for TABLE 19, a comedy about a group of people stuck at the dud table at a wedding reception. Costars include Lisa Kudrow, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell, Craig Robinson, Stephen Merchant and Tony Revolori.
Viola Davis and Catalina Sandino Moreno will star in the courtroom drama CUSTODY, about a judge presiding over an emotive case in which a woman is desperate to win custody of her children. James Lapine (Into the Woods) is writing and directing.
Idris Elba is up for the role as the villain in the next STAR TREK movie, which is being directed by Justin Lin and apparently centres on the Klingons. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin will all be back.
Meanwhile, Elba will also join the cast of Harmony Korine's next film THE TRAP, which also stars Robert Pattinson, James Franco, Al Pacino and Benicio Del Toro. It's about a Miami ex-con who sets out to get revenge on the rapper who let him take the fall for a robbery they committed together.
Eric Cantona will star in THE MERMAID MAN, as a widower who helps coach a team of unemployed men to become synchronised swimmers. Set in the 1980s, the comedy is clearly in the style of The Full Monty.
Jessica Brown Findlay has landed the female lead role in the remake of THE CROW, which stars Jack Huston as a reanimated man trying to solve his own murder. Corin Hardy (The Hallow) is directing.
Olivia Cooke, Mireille Enos, Jim Belushi, Mary Steenburgen and Christopher Abbott will star in KATIE SAYS GOODBYE, about a teen waitress who becomes a prostitute to fund her goal of moving to San Francisco. Director Sean Durkin started filming in New Mexico this week.
And Broken Lizard will be back with SUPER TROOPERS 2, a follow-up to their riotous hit 2001 police action comedy. The team includes Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske.
Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close and Paddy Considine will star in SHE WHO BRINGS GIFTS, based on the MR Carey novel The Girl With All the Gifts, a dystopian story about a 10-year-old girl who retains her mental facilities after being infected by a zombie-like infection that has wiped out most of humanity.
Liam Neeson will star in NARCO SUB, an action thriller about an Ecuadorian drug kingpin who forces a retired naval officer to navigate a cocaine-packed submarine past the US Coast Guard. Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones) is directing from a script by Davis Guggenheim (Safe House).
Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braf, Analeigh Tipton, Ahna O'Reill, Ashley Greene, Danny McBride and John Savage have joined the cast of IN DUBIOUS BATTLE, James Franco's adaptation of the politically themed 1936 John Steinbeck novel. Also on board are Nat Wolff, Bryan Cranston, Selena Gomez, Ed Harris and Robert Duvall.
Charlotte Gainsbourg is joining the cast of INDEPENDENCE DAY 2, while Vivica A Fox will be back even though Will Smith apparently won't return as her husband. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are also reprising their roles, alongside newcomers Liam Hemsworth and Jesse Usher. Roland Emmerich is back as director.
Annabelle Wallis has handed a role in KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE, the first film in Guy Ritchie's adventure-fantasy franchise about King Arthur (Charlie Hunnam). Costars include Jude Law, Astrid Berges-Frisbey and Eric Bana.
David Strathairn is joining Ansel Elgort, Chloe Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener in Sacha Gervasi's thriller NOVEMBER CRIMINALS, about two teens investigating the murder of their friend in a bad Washington DC neighbourhood. Filming started this week.
Gina Rodriguez is up for the female lead opposite Mark Wahlberg in DEEPWATER HORIZON, based on the true story of the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Peter Berg is directing from a screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan.
Lars Mikkelsen will reunite with his The Killing costar Sophie Grabel to star in THE DAY WILL COME, a Danish drama about two young brothers who are placed in a nightmarish orphanage and launch a rebellion against the tyrannical headmaster.
Chadwick Boseman, Luke Evans, Teresa Palmer, Alfred Molina and Natalie Martinez are starring in MESSAGE FROM THE KING, a thriller about a South African who travels to Los Angeles to avenge his sister's murder and rescue her stepson, who has disappeared into a human trafficking ring. Filming is underway with director Fabrice du Welz.
Meanwhile, Palmer and Mark Webber will take the lead roles in WELCOME TO THE WILLITS: AFTER SUNDOWN, a feature adaptation of the sci-fi horror short about a group of young hikers who get lost in the California wilderness and meet a man who's obsessed with aliens.
Anthony Mackie will star in a biopic about the iconic American runner JESSE OWENS, who embarrassed Hitler when he won gold at the Berlin Olympics. There are two other Owens biopics on the horizon as well.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star in and produce a movie based on FRAGGLE ROCK, the 1980s Jim Henson puppet series about a community of cave-dwelling creatures. John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) was earlier attached to the project as director.
Dane DeHaan and Tatiana Maslany will star in TWO LOVERS AND A BEAR, a romantic drama about a young couple battling the Arctic Canadian weather and their own tumultuous relationship. Kim Nguyen (War Witch) is directing.
Sarah Polley is working on the script for a new film version of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel LITTLE WOMEN, about four sisters coming of age in the years following the American Civil War. There's no word yet on whether Polley will also direct.
Edgar Ramirez will join Matthew McConaughey in GOLD, based on a true story about a prospector who in 1993 claimed to have found one of the world's largest goldmines in the Indonesian rainforest. Stephen Gaghan is directing.
Sheridan Smith, Rob Brydon and Alexandra Roach will play dwarfs alongside the returning Nick Frost in THE HUNTSMAN, the Snow White prequel starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt.
Vinnie Jones will star in the British crime thriller KILL KANE, about a man driven to revenge after his family is murdered. Sean Cronin, Nicole Faraday and Sarah Alexandra Marks costar in the film, which director Adam Stephen Kelly starts shooting next month.
Ruth Negga will play Tulip in the PREACHER movie currently being developed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It's adapted from the graphic novel series about a Texas minister who acquires the powers of both angels and demons. The plan is to launch a TV series after the film.
Kevin Smith is working on a sequel to his 1995 comedy MALLRATS, which was about two men who are dumped by the girlfriends so decide to spend the day in the mall. It starred Jason Lee, Jeremy London, Ben Affleck, Shannen Doherty and Claire Forlani. Before this, Smith will make CLERKS III.
And Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter finally look set to reunite for a third BILL & TED adventure, following on from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991). Apparently after nearly 25 years the script is ready to go.
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