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Lady Gaga is up for the lead role opposite Bradley Cooper in the latest remake of A STAR IS BORN, about a movie star who takes a young actress under his wing and helps her find fame while his career fades. Cooper is also making his directing debut.
Judi Dench will return to the role of Queen Victoria for VICTORIA AND ABDUL, based on the true story of an unexpected friendship that developed between the monarch and a young clerk who travels from India to participate in her Golden Jubilee. Stephen Frears is directing from a script by Lee Hall.
Orlando Bloom will produce and star in SMART CHASE: FIRE AND EARTH, a thriller about a security agent who is ambushed while escorting a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai. Jing Tian, Leo Wu, Cao Kefan and Liu Enyou costar in the film, which is being directed by Julien Seri.
Noomi Rapace is reprising her role from Prometheus in the sequel ALIEN: COVENANT, again alongside Michael Fassbender. The cast also includes Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Demian Bichir. Ridley Scott is currently shooting in Australia.
Bruce Willis will star in a remake of the vigilante thriller DEATH WISH, about a man who hunts down the gang that killed his wife. Eli Roth is directing from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
Meanwhile, Jim Carrey is also teaming up with Eli Roth to make the horror movie ALEISTER ARCANE. Carrey will star in and produce the film, which is based on the comics tracing a group of children who befriend a persecuted local TV host who has cursed their Oklahoma town.
Vera Farmiga is joining Liam Neeson in THE COMMUTER, an action-thriller about a businessman who gets entangled in a criminal conspiracy while on his way home from work. This is the fourth action movie Neeson has made with director Jaume Collet-Serra.
Steve Buscemi, Paddy Considine, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin, Rupert Friend, Simon Russell Beale and Paul Whitehouse are starring in THE DEATH OF STALIN, based on the graphic novel recounting the true story of the struggle for control of the Soviet Union. Armando Iannucci (Veep/In the Loop) is directing.
Giancarlo Esposito is joining the cast of Bong Joon-ho's OKJA, the Korean monster movie about a young girl (Seo-Hyeon Ahn) trying to keep a multinational company from stealing her beloved pet, a huge, genetically altered pig. Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano costar.
And after spinning-off Annabelle from The Conjuring, James Wan is planning to spin-off THE NUN from The Conjuring 2. The horror movie will trace the origins of the sequel's malevolent spirit. David Leslie Johnson is writing the script.
It's official: Helen Mirren has joined the cast of FAST 8, a dream she has been talking about for over a year now. Franchise stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris and Tyrese are all back, plus Charlize Theron and Scott Eastwood. F Gary Gray is directing.
Zac Efron is set to join Hugh Jackman in THE GREATEST SHOWMAN ON EARTH, a musical biopic about legendary circus-master PT Barnum, whose strategy was to distract the audience with so much action that they never looked too closely. Michael Gracey is directing from a script by Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City).
Nicole Kidman is lined up to join Colin Farrell in THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, a psychological thriller about a couple trying to integrate an increasingly dangerous teen into their family. The film reunites Farrell with The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos.
More than 22 years after the third movie, Eddie Murphy will be back for BEVERLY HILLS COP 4, which returns his irreverent character to his Detroit origins. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Black) are directing from a script by Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson and Cillian Murphy are joining THE PARTY, a comedy about a London celebration that ends in tragedy. The film also stars Timothy Spall, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones and Bruno Ganz. Writer-director Sally Potter started filming in London this week.
Gerard Butler is reteaming with London Has Fallen screenwriter Christian Gudegast for DEN OF THIEVES, a crime thriller about a gang of criminals planning a daring heist from the Federal Reserve in Los Angeles. Gudegast is also directing.
Brendan Fraser has joined the cast of THE FIELD, as an American expat gun-runner who gets caught up in family war within the Indian mafia. Bollywood actors Prem Chopra, Ronit Roy, Neeraj Kabi, Vineet Singh and Radhika Apte also star in the film, which is being directed by Rohit Karn Batra.
Sam Rockwell and Ben Schwartz will star in BLUE IGUANA, a black comedy about two outlaws in London who fall in love in very strange circumstances. Writer-director Hadi Hajaig (Cleanskin) starts filming next month.
Jackie Chan will lead the cast of the big-budget Chinese action movie BLEEDING STEEL, about a veteran special forces operative trying to protect a young woman from a vicious gang. Writer-director Leo Zhang will shoot the film in Australia.
And lazy casting alert: Robert DeNiro is up for the title role in THE WAR WITH GRANDPA, a comedy about a man who moves into his grandson's room after his wife dies, so the boy launches a series of pranks to drive him out. Tim Hill is directing.
Angelina Jolie has joined the cast of the new film version of Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Kenneth Branagh is directing this fourth version of the novel, about Hercule Poirot's attempt to solve the mysterious death of an American tycoon on a train travelling through Europe.
Helena Bonham Carter, Elizabeth Banks and Mindy Kaling are joining Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett in the OCEAN'S spin-off movie about eight women planning an elaborate heist at the Met Gala. Gary Ross is directing.
Salma Hayek is joining the cast of HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER, an ensemble comedy also starring Eugenio Derbez, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raquel Welch, Rob Riggle and McKenna Grace. Ken Marino is directing.
Armie Hammer, Dev Patel and Tilda Cobham-Hervey will star in HOTEL MUMBAI, a dramatisation of the 2008 terrorist attacks in India that left 160 people dead and dozens injured. Anthony Maras is directing from a script he cowrote with John Collee.
Lisa Kudrow, Steve Buscemi, Patton Oswalt, Jimmy Kimmel and Miles Bakshi have joined Alec Baldwin in the voice cast of THE BOSS BABY, an animated comedy about an infant who takes over his family. Tom McGrath (Madagascar) is directing.
Donald Glover has joined the cast of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. Filming starts this month with Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Tony Revolori, Sendaya and Laura Harrier. Jon Watts is directing.
Zoe Kravitz, John Cho, Ricki Lake, Lola Kirke and Michelle Forbes will star in the thriller GEMINI. Other than the fact that it's set in Los Angeles, there are no details about the plot. Aaron Katz is writing and directing.
Alexandra Siegel (Eastbound and Down) is the latest to join the cast of STATUS UPDATE, a comedy about a teen (Ross Lynch) struggling to fit in to a new high school when he discovers an app that makes his social media updates come true. Costars include Olivia Holt, Courtney Eaton and Gregg Sulkin; Scott Speer is directing.
Brothers John Erick and Drew Dowdle (No Escape) will direct the action thriller THE GAFIN ACADEMY, about a teen delinquent sent to a reform school for criminal youth, who work together to plan an elaborate heist.
And Steven Spielberg is reteaming with Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman and producer Marc Platt to make a biopic about legendary American news anchor WALTER CRONKITE, focussing on his vital reports on the Vietnam War.
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