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Chadwick Boseman will team up with director Barry Jenkins for EXPATRIATE, a 1970s-set thriller that centres around a plane hijacking. Boseman also wrote the script with Logan Coles.
Leonardo DiCaprio will star, possibly alongside Al Pacino, in Quentin Tarantino's next film, a drama about a TV star and his stunt double in a politically charged 1969 Hollywood. Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise have also been mentioned for roles.
Clive Owen is up for a role opposite Will Smith in GEMINI MAN, about an ageing assassin who ends up going into battle with his own clone, who is 25 years younger at at the peak of his physical abilities. Ang Lee is directing.
Carice Van Houten, Claes Bang and Karel Roden will star in THE GLASS ROOM, a romance that spans nearly 80 years for a couple living in an iconic modernist house outside Prague. Julius Sevcik is directing. Costars include Hanna Alstrom, Alexandra Borbely and Roland Moller.
Lady Gaga is writing songs, while Paul McCartney will voice one of the lead characters in HIGH IN THE CLOUDS, based on the children's book he wrote about a squirrel who sets out to find an animal paradise after his forest is destroyed by property developers.
Holt McCallany (Mindhunter) will join Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman in ANGEL HAS FALLEN, the second sequel to the action thriller Olympus Has Fallen. In this one, the terrorist attack is aimed at Air Force One. Ric Roman Waugh is directing.
Work is underway to develop a film about Hattie McDaniel, the first black actress to win an Oscar, for her role in Gone With the Wind. The film is based on the biography BLACK AMBITION, WHITE HOLLYWOOD, and is being produced by Alysia Allen and Aaron Magnani.
Ben Wheatley has apparently been filming his next movie in secret, and he says it will be titled COLIN YOU ANUS. No one is saying anything about this film, but he plans to finish it before starting his sci-fi thriller FREAKSHIFT with Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer and Sasha Lane.
Producer Jason Blum says that he has thought about how his two biggest franchises can cross over in an INSIDIOUS & SINISTER movie. There's no word yet on which characters might feature in the mash-up, but it's apparently on its way.
And it's looking like a fourth EXPENDABLES film is back on after all, with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Randy Couture returning to their roles, plus no doubt much of the previous team of ageing action actors.
Scarlett Johansson is set to star in her own BLACK WIDOW movie, putting her Avengers character front and centre in a film written by Jac Schaeffer (Nasty Women). The film hasn't yet officially been green-lit, so is still two or three years away from cinemas.
Natalie Portman is up for the lead role in PALE BLUE DOT, about an astronaut who returns from a mission in space and struggles to reintegrate into her seemingly perfect family life. Noah Hawley (Fargo and Legion) is writing and directing.
Taraji P Henson will produce and star in a drama about 14-year-old black teen Emmet Till, who was abducted and murdered by two white men in 1955 Mississippi. The killers were acquitted in a scandalous trial, and later admitted their guilt. John Singleton is directing.
Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall will star in MRS LOWRY & SON, which traces the life of artist LS Lowry and his domineering mother. Adrian Noble is directing from a screenplay Martyn Hesford adapted from his play.
John Malkovich is joining the thriller EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, which traces the story of serial killer Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) and his longtime girlfriend (Lily Collins). Joe Berlinger is directing from a Black List script by Michael Werwie.
Luke Wilson is joining the cast of THE GOLDFINCH, the drama starring Ansel Elgort as a young man who loses his mother in a bombing at a Manhattan museum, then is drawn into the city's art underworld. Sarah Paulson, Jeffrey Wright and Aneurin Barnard costar in the film, which is being directed by John Crowley.
Bob Odenkirk will star in NOBODY, a revenge thriller that starts when a man rescues a woman who's being chased by violent thugs who are connected to a drug kingpin. The script is by Derek Kolstad (John Wick).
Amira Casar and Golshifteh Farahani will be joined by rising stars Dilan Gwyn and Camelia Jordana for RED SNAKE, an action-oriented political drama about a young Yazidi woman who is kidnapped and sold as a sex slave to an Isis fighter, but she escapes and joins a team of female Kurdish warriors. Caroline Fouret is directing.
Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project) and Ariana Greenblatt (Stuck in the Middle) are joining the cast of THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, based on the acclaimed Katherine Applegate novel about a gorilla and an elephant (voiced by Angelina Jolie) who live in a cage in a shopping mall. Thea Sharrock is directing.
And Deadpool director Tim Miller is working on a KITTY PRYDE movie, based on the X-Men character who can walk through walls. There's no word on whether Ellen Page will be back in the role, which she played in both The Last Stand and Days of Future Past.
Angelina Jolie will indeed be back for a sequel to MALEFICENT, the revisionist telling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. There's no word on the plot, but director Joachim Ronning plans to start filming this summer in the UK.
Russell Crowe and Elle Fanning have joined Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges in BAD TIMES AT EL ROYALE, a noir thriller set among residents in a Lake Tahoe hotel in the 1960s. Drew Goddard is directing.
Vin Diesel is being lined up to star in BLOODSHOT, based on the sci-fi comic book series about soldier who is given healing and morphing skills when nano-machines are injected into his bloodstream. Dave Wilson is directing.
Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon may write a sequel to their sleeper hit THE BIG SICK, which was based on their real-life relationship. Zoe Kazan, who played Gordon in the film, would be back to star opposite Nanjiani if this happens.
Millie Bobby Brown will star in ENOLA HOLMES, based on Nancy Springer's series of six mystery novels about the much younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft, who is a herself a budding detective.
Ryan Simpkins, Annalise Basso (Captain Fantastic) and Ariela Barer (The Runaways) will star in the thriller LADYWORLD, about eight teenage girls who are attending a birthday party in an LA canyon and are trapped there by a devastating event and begin to turn on each other. Amanda Kramer is directing.
Ridley Scott says he has an idea for another BLADE RUNNER sequel, which he says is ready to be developed into a film. There's no word yet on the plot or who, if anyone, would return from the first two films.
Matt Lauria is the latest new cast member in SHAFT, the sequel starring Jessie T Usher, Samuel L Jackson and Richard Roundtree as three generations of the title character, plus Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp and Cliff "Method Man" Smith. Tim Story is directing.
Lily Franky, Kirin Kiki and Ando Sakura will lead the cast in Hirokazu Kore-eda's new film, which is about a family of petty criminals. The plot centres on a young girl (newcomer Miyu Sasaki) who is adopted by a shoplifter. Filming is underway.
And Ewan McGregor has said that he would love to play OBI WAN KENOBI again in the Star Wars spin-off film that's being developed by Stephen Daldry. There's no official confirmation of anything yet, but the plot is expected to follow the character's move into isolation between episodes III and IV.
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