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Viola Davis will star in WIDOWS, a remake of the mini-series about the wives of four armed robbers who team up to complete the job after their husbands die in their first attempt. Steve McQueen is directing and will cowrite the script with Gillian Flynn.
Julia Roberts will star in FRAMED, the outrageous true story of Kelli Peters, whose life was derailed when she was set up for drug possession by the parents of another child at her daughter's Orange County school. They wanted to oust her as PTA president.
Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal will star in WILDLIFE, based on the novel about a boy watching his parents' marriage fall apart when his mother falls for another man. Paul Dano is directing and writing the script with Zoe Kazan.
Nicolas Cage will star in the thriller LOOKING GLASS, about a couple struggling with grief as they encounter a series of disturbing things taking place in the hotel they have just purchased in the desert. Dori Oskowitz is directing.
Forest Whitaker, Garrett Hedlund, Tom Wilkinson and Usher Raymond will star in BURDEN, the true story of a Mike Burden's desperate efforts to break away from his upbringing within the Ku Klux Klan. Writer-director Andrew Heckler starts filming next month.
Vivica A Fox will play the US President in CROSSBREED, a thriller about retired military heroes who are sent to capture an alien who is being used illegally to manufacture underground weapons. Costars including Stink Fisher, Devanny Pinn, Vernon Wells and John T Woods
Adam Brody and Amanda Crew will star in THE WANTING, a psychological thriller about a couple that moves into an idyllic New England neighbourhood, then discovers some sort of dark presence trying to end their lives. Yam Laranas is directing.
Steve Schirripa will reunite with Sopranos costar Tony Sirico in the next Woody Allen movie, a 1950s period drama. No other details are known about the plot for the film, which stars Kate Winslet, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake and James Belushi.
Rhys Darby, Alex Wolff, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman and Morgan Turner have joined the cast of the JUMANJI sequel, which is currently in production with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Nick Jonas. Jake Kasdan is directing.
And Sam Neill will appear in THOR: RAGNAROK, reteaming with his Jurassic Park costar Jeff Goldblum and his Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi. Filming is underway in Australia with Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins and Idris Elba.
Rooney Mara will star in VOX LUX, a drama tracing the the rise to fame of a pop star over the first 15 years of the 21st century. Brady Corbet is directing, and the songs will be written by Sia.
Sharon Stone, Ellen Burstyn and Tony Goldwyn will star in A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY, a comedy about a woman and her overbearing mother. Filming starts next month with writer-director Susan Walter.
Mark Wahlberg and LeBron James will star in BALLERS, a comedy set in a basketball camp where men go to challenge each other with their fantasy league teams. Doug Ellin (Entourage) is writing the script. Meanwhile, Wahlberg will also reteam with David O Russell for a film about athlete-actor-priest FATHER STUART LONG.
Bill Hader has joined the cast of the POWER RANGERS movie, voicing the Rangers' Alpha 5 robot sidekick. The cast includes Elizabeth Banks and Bryan Cranston, plus RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott and Dacre Montgomery as the Rangers.
Marlon Wayans and Regina Hall will star in NAKED, a remake of the Swedish romantic-comedy about a man who wakes up naked in a lift on his wedding day and relives the hour before the ceremony over and over again. The film reteams Wayans with Fifty Shades of Black director Michael Tiddes.
Ed Skrein will play the villain in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, Robert Rodriguez's adaptation of the manga about a amnesiac cyborg (Rosa Salazar) with martial arts skills who works as a bounty hunter. Costars include Christoph Waltz and Jackie Earl Haley. Filming starts next month in Austin.
Robert Sheehan is joining David Tennant in the thriller BAD SAMARITAN, about a pair of car valets who use their business to rob clients. Then they break into the wrong home. Dean Devlin is directing.
The Daily Show reporter Hasan Minhaj is turning to acting with a role in ROCK THAT BODY, a comedy about a hen weekend that spirals out of control. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell and Zoe Kravitz. Filming is underway with director-cowriter Lucia Aniello.
Jing Tian, who stars in the upcoming The Great Wall opposite Matt Damon, has joined the cast of the PACIFIC RIM sequel, alongside John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Levi Meaden and Cailee Spaeny. Steven S DeKnight is directing the film, which will be shot in Australia and China.
And Antoine Fuqua has another remake in his sights: SCARFACE. After the 1932 classic set among Italian gangsters and the iconic 1983 version with a Cuban drug kingpin, this new film will be set around Mexican drug cartels. Fuqua is also planning to reteam with Denzel Washington for a sequel to THE EQUALIZER.
Jared Leto will play Andy Warhol in the cleverly titled biopic WARHOL. Based on the 1989 book Warhol: The Biography, the film explores how the artist took the New York art world by storm in the 1960s with his studio The Factory. Terence Winter is writing the script.
Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron will reportedly return to star in the Fury Road prequel MAD MAX: THE WASTELAND, which is currently in pre-production. Filming is set to take place in Australia, but no one is confirming anything.
Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner will star in BASED ON A TRUE STORY, a psychological thriller based on the novel about a writer who is stalked by a helpful fan after her latest book fails to sell. Roman Polanski is directing from a script by Olivier Assayas.
It's official: Henry Cavill will be back for a sequel to MAN OF STEEL that will stand apart from his reprisal of the role in Batman v Superman and the forthcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE movie. Cavill is also producing the new film.
Jamie Dornan is lined up to play Will Scarlett in ROBIN HOOD: ORIGINS, which stars Taron Egerton in the title role, Eve Hewson as Marian and Jamie Foxx as Little John. Director Otto Bathurst plans to shoot the film in Budapest.
Adam Scott and Evangeline Lilly will star in LITTLE EVIL, a comedy about man who begins to suspect that his new 6-year-old stepson might be the Antichrist. Costars include Chris D'Elia, Donald Faison, Clancy Brown and Tyler Labine.
Patricia Clarkson is joining the cast of JONATHAN, the drama starring Ansel Elgort as twin brothers who have a strict set of rules between them, which one of them decides to break. Bill Oliver is directing.
Kate Beckinsale has joined the cast of THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK, about a recent university graduate who begins an affair with his father's mistress. Callum Turner, Jeff Bridges and Kiersey Clemons costar; Marc Webb is directing.
Emmanuelle Chriqui, Lynda Carter, Tyler Labine and Will Sasso have joined Rob Lowe in the cast of SUPER TROOPERS 2, the fan-demanded comedy sequel starring the Broken Lizard team of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske. Filming us underway in Boston.
And Charlie Sheen, Naya Rivera and Lea Remini will star in MAD FAMILIES, about three families of different ethnic backgrounds sharing a campground over a July 4th weekend. The script is by David Spade and Fred Wolff.
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