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Work is underway on BLONDE AMBITION, a Madonna biopic covering the years between her move to New York in the early 1980s and the release her first album, which went on to sell 10 million copies. The script is by Elyse Hollander. Brett Ratner is producing.
Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are set to team up for KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, based on the true story of the FBI investigation into a series of mysterious murders relating to oil wealth in Oklahoma's Osage nation. It turned out to be a major conspiracy.
Saoirse Ronan will play the title role in MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, a biopic about the 16th century monarch who was executed after being accused of plotting to kill her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, who will be played by Margot Robbie.
Chris Pine and Ben Foster will reunite with their Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie for OUTLAW KING, an epic telling of the story of Robert the Bruce, the 14th century Scottish king who led his nation in a war for freedom.
Aaron Paul and Emily Ratajkowski will star in WELCOME HOME, a thriller about a couple trying to repair their relationship while on holiday in a rented home in the Italian countryside. But the house's owner has other plans. George Ratliff is directing.
Ken Jeong, David Koechner, Tituss Burgess and Peyton List have joined the cast of DEPARTURES, the coming-of-age drama about a teen (Asa Butterfield) who helps a terminally ill girl (Masie Williams) get through her bucket list. Nina Dobrev and Tyler Hoechlin costar.
Colin Salmon, Patrick Malahide and Rege-Jean Page have joined the cast of MORTAL ENGINES, Peter Jackson's dystopian future epic starring Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving and Stephen Lang. Filming is underway in New Zealand with director Christian Rivers.
Taissa Farmiga will play the title role in THE NUN, the spin-off about the demonic ghost from The Conjuring 2, which of course starred Taissa's sister Vera. Demian Bichir is also in the cast. Corin Hardy is set to direct from a script cowritten by James Wan.
Denis O'Hare is joining the cast of PRIVATE LIFE, the drama written and directed by Tamara Jenkins about an author (Kathryn Hahn) going through fertility treatment in an effort to get pregnant. Paul Giamatti and Molly Shannon costar.
And work has begin to develop a FAST & FURIOUS spin-off for the characters played by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Series writer Chris Morgan is working on the script, which reportedly could see Hobbs and Shaw teaming up to go after Charlize Theron's Cipher.
Will Smith is in talks to play the genie in Disney's live-action style remake of the 1992 animated classic ALADDIN, in which Robin Williams famously voiced the character. Guy Ritchie is directing the film, which will feature Middle Eastern actors in the lead roles.
Rosamund Pike will play war reporter Marie Colvin in a biopic that traces her work in conflicts from Chechnya to Sri Lanka. She died in a rocket attack while covering the war in Syria. Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) is directing.
Riz Ahmed has joined Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix and John C Reilly in THE SISTERS BROTHERS, based on the award-winning novel about siblings who are hired to kill a prospector in 1851 Oregon. Jacques Audiard is directing.
Michael B Jordan and Michael Shannon will star in a new film version of Ray Bradbury's classic novel FAHRENHEIT 451, set in a dystopian future in which books are illegal and firemen are sent to burn any that are found. But a rookie fireman challenges the system. Ramin Bahrani is directing and cowriting with Amir Naderi.
Mads Mikkelsen will star in the cleverly titled ARCTIC, a survival thriller about a man facing various life-threatening issues when he's stranded in the ice at the top of the world. Joe Penna is directing and cowriting with Ryan Morrison.
Luke Hemsworth will star in ENCOUNTER, about a group of friends who discover a crashed spaceship in a field, complete with a surviving passenger. But of course the government is hot on their trail. Newcomer Paul J Salamoff is writing and directing.
Jason Clarke is joining Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in SERENITY, a noir thriller written and directed by Steven Knight. Set on a Caribbean island, it's about a fisherman whose past comes back to haunt him.
Keith Carradine has joined OLD MAN AND THE GUN, the true story of a bank robber who broke out of prison 18 times. The film also stars Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter and Isiah Whitlock. Director David Lowery is currently filming in Ohio.
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will direct Brie Larson in CAPTAIN MARVEL, about an Air Force pilot whose DNA is fused with an alien during an accident. Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) are working on the script.
And Leslie Uggams will be back as Blind Al in DEADPOOL 2, which returns Ryan Reynolds to his role as the irreverent superhero. Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz are also on board to play Cable and Domino, respectively.
Amy Schumer will star in and produce the comedy I FEEL PRETTY, written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. The premise is being kept under wraps, but filming is set to take place on the East Coast this summer.
David Oyelowo will star in ONLY YOU, a thriller with a time travel twist to it. The plot details are being kept under wrap. Jacob Estes (Mean Creek) is writing and directing, with Jason Blum producing.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will narrate the documentary WONDERS OF THE SEA, which explores the various threats that are putting the oceans at risk. Shot over three years, the film was directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau (son of Jacques) and Jean-Jacques Mantello.
Hugo Weaving is reteaming with Peter Jackson for MORTAL ENGINES, based on Philip Reeve's novel about a post-apocalyptic future in which major cities have been made mobile so they can roam the world looking for resources. Costars include Stephen Lang, Robert Sheehan, Ronan Raftery, Hera Hilmar and Jihae.
Alex Pettyfer will star in and make his directing debut with BACK ROADS, a drama about a young man who is left to care for his three younger sisters after his mother is sent to prison for murdering his father. Costars include Juliette Lewis, Jennifer Morrison and Nicola Peltz. Filming is underway in Louisiana.
Demian Bichir has joined the cast of THE NUN, which follows the investigation into a mystery surrounding a recently deceased nun, who appeared as the demon monster in The Conjuring 2. Corin Hardy is directing from a script by James Wan and Gary Dauberman.
Toni Servillo will reunite with his frequent director Paolo Sorrentino for LORO, a biopic about controversial Silvio Berlusconi, the media tycoon who has spent some 20 years at the heart of power in Italy's government, including four terms as prime minister.
Dolph Lundgren has joined the cast of AQUAMAN, Jason Momoa's stand-alone superhero movie, which also stars Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison and Yahya Abdul-Mateen. Director James Wan starts filming next month in Australia.
Filming isn't complete on ESCAPE PLAN 2, but Sylvester Stallone is already set to return for a third instalment. Dave Bautista, Curtis Jackson and Jaime King costar in part 2, which is now shooting in Atlanta with director Steven Miller and writer Miles Chapman, who will be back for part 3.
And work is apparently underway on a MAN FROM UNCLE sequel, which would reunite Armie Hammer, Henry Cavill, Alicia Vikander and Hugh Grant. No one is confirmed to return, but the script is again being written by Lionel Wigram.
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