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Rihanna and Liputa Nyong'o are teaming up for a buddy movie directed by Ava DuVernay. While the plot is under wraps, it's apparently about a con artist and her tech-savvy best friend. Issa Rae (Insecure) is lined up to write the script.
Tom Hardy has landed the title role in VENOM, the Spider-Man spin-off about a photographer who turns into an alien-like antihero. Ruben Fleischer is directing from a script by Scott Rosenberg (Pain and Gain) and Jeff Pinker (The Amazing Spider-Man 2).
Alicia Vikander and Stellan Skarsgard will voice the lead characters in MOOMINS AND THE WINTER WONDERLAND, an animated adventure based on the iconic Finnish book series. Intriguingly, the filmmakers will use vintage footage from 1980s stop-motion productions, re-edited to a new script.
Jessica Chastain has landed the title role in SEDUCING INGRID BERGMAN, which recounts the year-long affair between the actress and iconic war photographer Robert Capa in Paris and Hollywood after WWII. The script is by Arash Amel.
Robert Pattinson will star in THE SOUVENIR, Joanna Hogg's two-part drama following the complex romantic life of a young woman who is studying film in the 1980s. Costars include Tom Burke, Richard Ayoade and Ariane Labed.
Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA, a thriller based on the true story of an anti-Apartheid activist who broke out of a maximum security prison in the South African capital. Cinematographer Francis Annane is making his directing debut.
Angela Bassett is joining the cast of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6, which writer-director Christopher McQuarrie is currently filming with Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Vanessa Kirby and Sean Harris. There's no word on the plot, not that it matters.
Jesse Eisenberg will play the iconic mime Marcel Marceau in RESISTANCE, a biopic that traces his work rescuing Jewish orphans during the Nazi occupation of France. He began his career as a performer after the war. Jonathan Jakubowicz is writing and directing.
Leslie Mann and Janelle Monae are joining Steve Carell in a dramatic feature based on the documentary MARWENCOL, about a man who built a miniature 1940s-era village in an effort to recover from a violent assault. Robert Zemeckis is directing.
Greta Gerwig, Mia Wasikowska and John Turturro will star in BERGMAN ISLAND, about husband-and-wife American filmmakers who take a writing retreat to the island home of iconic Swedish master Ingmar Bergman. Mia Hansen-Love is directing.
Clare Foy is apparently the leading contender to play hacker Lisbeth Salander in THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB, the follow-up to Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy about a journalist and a hacker who team up to stop a criminal. Fede Alvarez is directing.
And writer-director Ol Parker is working with Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus to make MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN, a 10-years-later sequel to the 2008 mega-hit. Most of the original cast will be back, including possibly Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski.
Julia Roberts will star in and produce THE BOOKSELLER, based on the bestselling novel about a woman in the 1960s who is trying to find a balance between her real life and her vivid imagination.
Colin Firth is set to star in BENJAMIN'S CROSSING, based on the true story of a Jewish philosopher forced to flee from his Paris home as the Nazis arrive in 1940. He ends up working with a woman who is helping refugees flee across the Pyrenees. Pat O'Connor is directing.
Rosamund Pike will play Marie Curie in RADIOACTIVE, a biopic about the romance between the husband and wife scientists who discovered the nature of radioactivity. Marjane Satrapi is directing from a script by Jack Thorne.
Meanwhile, Pike is also joining Clive Owen, Joel Kinnaman and Common for THREE SECONDS, about a former special-ops soldier who agrees to help the FBI infiltrate New York's Polish mob in exchange for release from prison. Andrea Di Stefano is directing.
Zac Efron will play serial killer Ted Bundy in EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE, a psychological thriller directed by Joe Berlinger. Michael Werwie's prize-winning script has appeared on the Black List.
Johnny Depp will star in KING OF THE JUNGLE, a black comedy about antivirus software creator John McAfee, who cashed in his fortune and built an isolated fortified compound in the Belize rain forest. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are directing from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
Taraji P Henson, Sam Rockwell, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley and John Gallagher Jr will star in THE BEST OF ENEMIES, a drama about an unlikely friendship between an outspoken black activist and a top-ranking member of the KKK in 1960s North Carolina. Director Robin Bissell starts filming next week in Georgia.
Kristin Scott Thomas will star in PARAMOUR, based on the true story of a BMW heiress who tried to live a reclusive life but was drawn out by a passionate, illicit affair. Alexandra-Therese Keining is directing.
James McAvoy will star in ESCAPE, based on a real story about a Sarajevo professor who evacuates his family from the city during the war, then later realises that he's going to need to flee as well. Colm McCarthy (The Girl With All the Gifts) is directing.
Jesse Eisenberg, Vanessa Redgrave and Pierce Brosnan will star in THE MEDUSA, the story of 19th century artist Theodore Gericault, whose masterpiece is a painting called The Raft of the Medusa, depicting the sinking of a French frigate. Peter Webber is directing.
Blake Lively is set to star in BRUISED, the story of a single mother who must return to her past as a mixed martial arts fighter. Nick Cassavettes is directing from a script by Michelle Rosenfarb.
And Daniel Radcliffe will star in the action comedy GUNS AKIMBO, about a guy who is forced to fight a gladiator-style battle for a streaming website in order to save his kidnapped girlfriend. Jason Lei Howden is writing and directing.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal are teaming up for RIO, a thriller about a journalist who travels to Brazil to visit a wealthy friend, to help him fake his death. Luca Guadagnino is directing from a script by Steven Knight.
Julianne Moore will star in a reworking of Sebastian Lelio's 2013 Chilean hit GLORIA, about a woman in her 50s who lives her life to the full, then finds an unexpected romance. Lelio is writing the script, which he describes as a new take on the story and characters.
Tom Hanks will star in NEWS OF THE WORLD, based on the novel about an 1870 road trip through the American West, in which a news-announcing Texan bonds with a 10-year-old orphaned girl. Luke Davies (Lion) is writing the script.
Noomi Rapace will star in the action thriller CLOSE, as a counter-terrorism expert who is assigned to protect a rich teenage heiress who's the target of a kidnapping plot. The story is based on the real life of a top female bodyguard. Vicky Jewson is directing.
Whoopi Goldberg and Giancarlo Esposito have joined Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church in SHRIVER, a comedy about a loner who is mistaken for a famous reclusive author. Michael Maren is writing and directing.
Julie Delpy and Golshifteh Farahani will star in GIRLS OF THE SUN, about an all-female brigade of resistance fighters trying to recapture their Kurdish village from religious extremists. Eva Husson (Bang Gang) is directing.
Antonio Banderas will face off against Alec Baldwin in LAMBORGHINI: THE LEGEND, a biopic tracing the rivalry between car magnates Ferruccio Lamborghini and Enzo Ferrari. Michael Radford is directing from a script by Bobby Moresco.
Liam Hemsworth and Adam Devine will join Rebel Wilson in ISN'T IT ROMANTIC, a comedy about a woman who realises that her life has become a rom-com, and she would rather be a star than a sidekick in her own story. Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas) is directing.
Chloe Grace Moretz, Jack O'Connell and Josh Gad will star in PARTY OF THE CENTURY, set during the notorious, star-studded Black and White Ball thrown by Truman Capote in 1966. The plot centres on a romance between a starlet and a lift operator. Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman are writing and directing.
Djimon Hounsou, Uma Thurman and Jason Clarke are lined up to join SERENITY, the dramatic thriller starring Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey. It's set on a quiet Caribbean island, where a fisherman's past catches up with him. Steven Knight is writing and directing.
Toby Kebbell will play psychic twins in EXTRASENSORY, a sci-fi thriller about brothers who are recruited for a secret experimental programme in Russia. Lesley Manning is directing from a script by Stephen Volk.
And Hugh Bonneville will play Roald Dahl in a biopic tracing the iconic writer's marriage to Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal in early 1960s Hollywood. John Hay (Lost Christmas) is directing and cowriting.
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