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Scarlett Johansson could be back for a sequel to LUCY, despite writer-director Luc Besson having previously said it would be impossible to continue the story. Besson is also planning a sequel to COLOMBIANA with Zoe Saldana.
Taraji P Henson will play a fiery civil rights activist in THE BEST OF ENEMIES, set in 1971 North Carolina as court-ordered segregation ended the violent rivalry between protesters and racists. Hunger Games producer Robin Bissell is writing and directing.
Sanaa Lathan will star in FLYY GIRL, based on a trilogy of books about an ambitious woman who indulges in sex, love and violence in an attempt to find herself. Then she's forced to reinvent herself and her career.
Hot off his starring role in Poldark, Aidan Turner will join the cast of the black comedy LOOK AWAY, which stars Matthew Broderick, Chloe Sevigny, Benjamin Walker and Shannon Tarbet. It's about a young woman who can't see her mother due to selective blindness. Filming is under way in New York.
Judy Greer and Cheryl Hines have joined Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern in WILSON, the comedy-drama about a middle-aged loser who gets a chance at redemption when he discovers he has a teen daughter (Isabella Amara). Craig Johnson is directing from a script by Daniel Clowes.
Aaron Eckhart will star in LIVE!, a real-time action thriller about a disgraced cop trying to rescue the police commissioner's kidnapped daughter, who has been given just eight minutes to live. Darrin Prescott and Wade Allen are directing from a script by Jeremy Drysdale.
Aaron Paul will star in COME AND FIND ME, as a guy who's trying to track down his missing girlfriend when he discovers that she wasn't who he thought she was. Zack Whedon (brother of Joss) is making his directing debut.
Joseph Fiennes, Xiao Shawn Dou and Elizabeth Arends will star in THE LAST RACE, which carries on the story of Scottish runner Eric Liddell after the events of Chariots of Fire, as he moved to China as a missionary and was imprisoned by the Japanese during WWII.
Maika Monroe (It Follows), Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar) and Alex Roe (The 5th Wave) will star in HOT SUMMER NIGHTS, a coming-of-age drama set in 1991 Cape Cod, following a teen whose life goes off the rails when he starts hanging out with the town rebel.
And as filming started this week on STAR TREK 3, word has emerged that work is already underway on a fourth film in the rebooted franchise, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and crew.
Bradley Cooper will produce and probably star in GHOST ARMY, about a WW2 squadron of art students and ad agency creatives working to convince the Nazis that the Allies had more troops than they actually had. Todd Phillips is also directing the film, which is being written by Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo).
Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE, the first spin-off feature also starring Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn. Gareth Edwards is directing the film, which is about the theft of Death Star plans by a group of rebels.
Woody Harrelson will play President Lyndon Johnson in the biopic LBJ, directed by Rob Reiner. The film follows the politician's rise to prominence, assuming the role as president after Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 then going on to pass the Civil Rights Act amid Vietnam War protests.
Carla Gugino and Michael Shannon will star in WOLVES, the story of an 18-year-old basketball star (newcomer Taylor John Smith) with a promising future but a seriously troubled home life. Writer-director Bart Freundlich starts filming this week in New York.
Jonathan Pryce, Greta Scacchi, Fiona Shaw, Agyness Deyn, Claire Hope Ashitey and Olafur Darri Olaffson are starring in THE WHITE KING, about a 12-year-old boy (newcomer Lorenzo Allchurch) navigating a maze of propaganda and violence to rescue his father, who has been imprisoned by a totalitarian ruler. Filming kicked off in Budapest this week.
Famke Janssen, Jason Momoa and Thomas Middleditch are joining Bruce Willis in a still-untitled action comedy directed by writers Mark and Robb Cullen (Cop Out). It's about a private detective whose job merges with his personal life when his dog is stolen by a gang.
Nia Long and Jason Mitchell are joining the cast of KEANU, the comedy about a group of friends who pose as drug dealers to rescue a stolen cat. The cast is led by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, and includes Will Forte and Method Man.
Kenneth Branagh may direct a new film version of Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, in which Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the death of an American tycoon on the iconic train. Previous film versions were made in 1974 and 2004.
Katherine Waterston will join Eddie Redmayne in FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, the Harry Potter prequel trilogy about a zoologist who visits New York to document magical creatures there. David Yates is directing from a script by JK Rowling.
And Rob Zombie is planning to direct RAISED EYEBROWS, a biopic about Groucho Marx. It's based on a book written by a Marx Brothers fan who was Groucho's personal secretary for the last three years of his life. Oren Moverman is writing the screenplay.
Angelina Jolie will be back for a sequel to MALEFICENT, following on from Disney's revisionist Sleeping Beauty epic. Writer Linda Woolverton and producer Joe Roth are back on board as well.
It turns out that Chiwetel Ejiofor will play the villain Baron Mordo in DOCTOR STRANGE, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the neurosurgeon who becomes a sorcerer. Tilda Swinton costars in the film, which is being directed by Scott Derrickson.
Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac will team up for THE PROMISE, set during the final days of the Ottoman Empire and centring on a love triangle between a traditionalist medical student, a sophisticated woman and an American journalist. Terry George is directing from a script he wrote with Robin Swicord.
Chloe Sevigny and Matthew Broderick will star in LOOK AWAY, a dark comedy about a young woman (Shannon Tarbet) who is unable to see her parents due to selective blindness. Filming is underway in Upstate New York.
Amy Poehler will join Will Ferrell in the comedy THE HOUSE, about a couple that gambles away their daughter's college fund, so they create an illegal casino in their basement to get the cash back. The script is by Brendan O'Brien and Andrew J Cohen (Neighbors), and Cohen is directing.
Anna Paquin, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Elliott, Steve Zahn, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Marcus Scribner and AJ Buckley will voice the characters in Pixar's THE GOOD DINOSAUR, an adventure centring on a young Apatosaurus. Peter Sohn (Partly Cloudy) is directing.
Yvonne Strahovski has joined Blake Lively and Jason Clarke in ALL I SEE IS YOU, a psychological thriller that director Marc Forster is currently filming in Thailand. It's about a blind woman who, after regaining her sight, discovers some unsettling truths about her life.
Ice Cubeand Charlie Day will team up for the action comedy FIST FIGHT, about an English teacher challenged to a battle by a colleague who thinks he's trying to get him fired. The script is by Van Robichaux and Evan Susser, known for their Black List screenplay Chewie, a fake biopic about Peter Mayhew.
Tracy Letts, Linda Emond and Danny Burstein have joined the cast of INDIGNATION, the 1951-set story of a New Jersey butcher's son (Logan Lerman) who causes problems when he falls for a troubled girl (Sarah Gadon) at university in Ohio. Based on the Philip Roth novel, the film is the directing debut of screenwriter James Schamus.
And Rainn Wilson and Demi Lovato have joined the vocal cast for GET SMURFY, the next reboot of the franchise, which will ditch the live-action elements of the last two movies for a purely animated adventure more in line with creator Peyo Culliford's stories. Kelly Asbury is directing.
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