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Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston, Jason Mantzoukas and Asia Kate Dillon are joining Keanu Reeves for JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3, which sees the retired hitman take on a councel of crime bosses. Chad Stahelski is back as director, as are costars Laurence Fishburne and Ian McShane.
Charlize Theron will play Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in a black comedy about the rise and fall of Roger Ailes, who launched the channel and helped elect presidents Nixon, Reagan and both Bushes. Jay Roach is directing; Theron is producing.
Jake Gyllenhaal is being lined up to play the villain Mysterio in the next SPIDER-MAN movie starring Tom Holland. Word has it that this one will be set in Europe. Jon Watts will be back as director, and it looks like Michael Keaton may be back in the cast as well.
Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth and Liam Neeson are lined up to star in the sequel/reboot MEN IN BLACK 4, which follows a new alien-handling duo as a murder investigation takes them on an adventure around the world. Director F Gary Gray starts filming in London next month.
Michelle Williams will star in THIS IS JANE, based on the true story of a woman who founded an underground abortion service in Chicago in the years before the 1973 Supreme Court decision that decriminalised terminating a pregnancy. Kimberly Peirce is directing.
Idris Elba will star in, direct and compose the music for a present-day adaptation of Victor Hugo's THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Michael Mitnick (The Giver) is writing the script, and describes this new version as "a sonic and musical experience".
Channing Tatum and LeBron James are teaming up to make the action comedy PUBLIC ENEMY. The story apparently has something to do with the speed of media in the Western world. Lucas Carter is writing the script.
Rebel Wilson is joining the cast of JOJO RABBIT, Taika Waititi's satirical drama about a 10-year-old boy in Nazi-era Germany who idolises Hitler (Waititi) and discovers that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl in their house. Sam Rockwell costars.
Chloe Bennet (Marvel Agents of SHIELD) has landed the lead role in ABOMINABLE, an adventure epic that follows a group of friends in Shanghai who find a young Yeti and decide to help it return home to the Himalayas. Jill Culton is directing.
And Ryan Reynolds will team up with director Michael Bay for SIX UNDERGROUND, an action thriller based on an idea by Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. It's about a group of billionaires who fake their own deaths and form an elite crime-fighting team.
Jennifer Aniston will star in FIRST LADIES, a political comedy about the first female US president and her wife, played by Tig Notaro, who also cowrote the film with Stephanie Allynne. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are producing.
Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg will star in SHIRLEY, a fictional thriller about a young couple that moves in with the iconic author Shirley Jackson, then they finds themselves involved in a drama that inspires her next horror novel. Josephine Decker is directing from a script by Sarah Gubbins.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg are planning to reteam to make GRANT, a biopic about Ulysses S Grant, the American Civil War general who later became president. The film will also explore his earlier years as a failed businessman. David James Kelly is working on the script.
Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood are planning to reteam for THE MULE, based on a magazine article about an 80-year-old man who took a driving job without knowing that he was transporting drugs for a Mexican cartel, or that a DEA agent was on his tail.
Ezra Miller has joined the cast of the biopic DALI LAND. He'll play Spanish artist Salvador Dali as a younger man, with Ben Kingsley taking over for the later years. Mary Harron is directing from a script she wrote with John C Walsh. Lesley Manville, Tim Roth and Frank Dillane costar.
Malin Akerman, Kat Dennings, Jane Seymour, Wanda Sykes and Margaret Cho will star in FRIENDSGIVING, a comedy about two newly single best friends who gather together an offbeat group of friends and family for Thanksgiving dinner. Nicol Paone is writing and directing; Ben Stiller is producing.
Thomas Jane and Luke Kleintank will star in CROWN VIC, which follows one momentous night in the life of a veteran Los Angeles police officer as he takes a young rookie out on patrol. Joel Souza is writing and directing, with Alec Baldwin producing.
Tara Reid and James Russo are joining the cast of THE FIFTH BORO, alongside Steve Stanulis, Cathy Moriarty, Vincent Pastore and James McCaffrey. It's a feature based on a short film set on Staten Island. Stanulis, who wrote and starred in the short, is directing.
James Ransone and Andy Bean are the latest to join the cast of IT: CHAPTER TWO, playing adult versions of the children from the first film. Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader are also on board, while Bill Skarsgard is back as the evil clown Pennywise and the younger actors will appear in flashbacks.
And Jason Jones is joining the cast of WHAT MEN WANT, a remake of the 2000 rom-com What Women Want. This version stars Taraji P Henson as a sports agent who turns the tables on her misogynist colleagues. Max Greenfield and Tracy Morgan costar. Adam Shankman is directing.
Bradley Cooper will direct and star in a biopic about Leonard Bernstein, the iconic American composer. He's also working on the script with Josh Singer, and has Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese on board as producers. This is not to be confused with the Jake Gyllenhaal/Cary Fukunaga biopic also in the works.
Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas are all lined up to star in THE LAUNDROMAT, based on the book Secrecy World, tracing the Panama Papers scandal, which revealed illegal tax dodging systems around the world. Steven Soderbergh is directing from a script by Scott Z Burns.
Meanwhile, Oldman will write, direct and star in FLYING HORSE, the true story of Eadweard Muybridge, the photographer who helped develop the moving picture in the 1870s. His life took a bizarre turn when he killed his wife's lover and was acquitted on the grounds of justifiable homicide.
Sam Rockwell, Jamie Dornan and Chance the Rapper are joining the voice cast of TROLLS 2, the sequel to the animated hit. Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, James Corden and Kunal Nayyar will reprise their roles as they discover that there's are other colonies of trolls out there.
Kristen Stewart will make her feature writing-directing debut with THE CHRONOLOGY OF WATER, based on Lidia Yuknavitch's memoir about her experiences as a young woman going through addiction, self-destruction and grappling with her bisexuality.
Eva Green, Tim Robbins, Kathy Bates and Ed Skrein will star in A PATRIOT, about an official fighting to maintain the purity of the population after climate change and war have caused chaos around the world. Then she begins to doubt the entire system. Dan Pringle is directing.
Kevin Hart will star in a long-planned remake of the 1974 comedy UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT, about two fast-talking friends who sneak into an illegal nightclub, causing all manner of trouble. The script is by Kenya Barris (Black-ish), and Will Smith is producing.
Naomi Watts, Bobby Cannavale and Frank Grillo will star in ONCE UPON A TIME IN STATEN ISLAND, a coming-of-age drama about a teen in 1982 who is obsessed with the impending release of Rocky III. The film reteams Grillo with The Purge writer-director James DeMonaco.
Timothy Olyphant is up for a lead role in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, Quentin Tarantino's multi-strand film set in late-1960s Los Angeles. Also in the cast are Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Michael Madsen.
Lena Headey, Juno Temple and Mark Kassen will star in CROOKS, about a hustler in 1968 Las Vegas who double-crosses her partner and runs off with the cash, only to be pursued by a ruthless assassin. Mickey Keating is directing.
Dan Stevens is joining the cast of Noah Hawley's PALE BLUE DOT, which stars Natalie Portman as an astronaut who returns from the space station and begins an affair with a colleague (Jon Hamm), who is also having a fling with a trainee (Zazie Beetz). It's based on a true story.
And Vin Diesel will star in the action-comedy MUSCLE, which is of course being set up as a potential franchise. Diesel is also producing the film with his sister Samantha Vincent. The script is still in the works, although the title is fairly self-explanatory.
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