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Reese Witherspoon will play Tinkerbell in TINK, a live-action spin-off from Peter Pan that's said to be along the lines of Maleficent. Witherspoon is also producing the film, which is being written by Victoria Strouse (Finding Dory).
Alicia Vikander is lined up to play the female lead in two big movies: First, she'll appear opposite Michael Fassbender in Justin Kurzel's film of the videogame ASSASSIN'S CREED, and then she'll join Matt Damon in the next BOURNE adventure directed by Paul Greengrass.
As a result of that, Emma Watson is set to replace Vikander in THE CIRCLE, alongside Tom Hanks. It's a dramatic thriller about a recent university graduate who gets a job in a mysterious tech firm. James Ponsoldt is directing and writing the script, based on Dave Eggers' novel.
Amy Schumer is writing and starring in a mother-daughter comedy about a vacation that goes badly wrong. Director Paul Feig is planning to give it an action-comedy vibe similar to his hit The Heat. Schumer makes her big-screen debut this summer in Judd Apatow's TRAINWRECK.
Aaron Paul is joining Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson for CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, an action comedy about an accountant who was the cool guy in high school who reconnects with the class, nerd who's now an action-man spy. Rawson Marshall Thurber is directing.
After a five year break, Aiswarya Rai is returning to star in JABZAA, an action-drama about a lawyer forced to defend a criminal after her daughter is kidnapped. Irrfan Khan costars in the film, which will be directed by Sanjay Gupta.
Melissa Benoist (Supergirl) is joining Eva Longoria, Demian Bichir, Tony Revolori and Theo Rossi in LOWRIDERS, a drama about a teen caught between her father's traditions and the street gang scene in East Los Angeles. Ricardo de Montreuil (Mancora) is directing.
Eric Roberts, Tom Arnold, Bai Ling, Kelly Hu and Eddie Griffin will star in the action comedy MAXIMUM IMPACT, about American Secret Service agents who are forced to work with Russian spies to rescue the granddaughter of a US official. Andrzej Bartkowiak is directing from a script by Ross LaManna (Rush Hour).
Michael Nyqvist has joined Pierce Brosnan and Anna Friel in the revenge thriller I.T., about a self-made man at the top of his game who is betrayed by a technical consultant after they have a falling out. John Moore is directing.
And Hulk Hogan is being lined up to play the villain in the fourth EXPENDABLES movie. Sylvester Stallone is already working on the project, and is likely to bring back several cast members from the previous three adventures.
Asa Butterfield is the leading contender to play the next on-screen incarnation of SPIDER-MAN, who will reportedly make his first appearance in the currently filming CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (out next year) and then a stand-alone movie in 2017.
Jamie Foxx will star in BLINK, about a hospital worker caring for a patient who was injured during a bank robbery and isn't telling the authorities everything. Noam Murro is directing.
Meanwhile, Gabrielle Union will join Foxx and Michelle Monaghan in the corrupt cop action thriller SLEEPLESS NIGHT. And she's also on board the comedy KEANU, about two guys (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) who pose as gangsters to rescue a stolen kitten.
Michelle Williams will join Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez in the dramatic-thriller GOLD, based on the true story of the discovery of a vast gold mine in the Indonesia jungle in 1993. Director Stephen Gaghan starts filming next month.
Tom Cruise will reteam with Last Samurai director Ed Zwick for the next JACK REACHER movie, based on Lee Child's novel Never Go Back, in which Reacher returns to his former military base and is instantly charged with crimes he can't remember committing.
Ellen Page will reteam with her Juno mom Allison Janney for TALLULAH, a comedy-drama about a woman who rescues a baby from a careless mother and pretends the child is her own. Sian Heder (Orange Is the New Black) is directing.
Jack Black will reteam with Nacho Libre director Jared Hess for MICRONATIONS, set in a world in which people have declared their own sovereign countries to maintain their eccentric lifestyles. It's about a guy who is appointed Head of Defence for a nation with a population of 12, just as war breaks out with a neighbour.
Peter Sarsgaard is up for the villain role in Antoine Fuqua's remake of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, about mercenaries protecting a village in the Wild West. Filming starts next week with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Matt Bomer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Wagner Moura, Byung-Hun Lee and Haley Bennett.
Andrea Riseborough is lined up to play the villain in the remake of THE CROW, which will star Jack Huston as a guy who comes back from the dead to avenge the attack in which he and his girlfriend died. Corin Hardy (The Hallow) is directing.
Imogen Poots, Sarah Silverman and Tim Meadows will join Andy Samberg in the comedy CONNER4REAL, about a rapper who reunites with the former members of his boyband after his hip-hop career collapses. Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer are directing.
John Gallagher, Tony Goldwyn and Melonie Diaz will star in THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, about a company in which the employees are forced to either kill each other or be killed. Director Greg MacLean starts filming next month in Colombia.
And Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings are joining the cast of THE CROODS 2, a sequel to the animated caveman adventure that will also see the return of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener and Clark Duke.
Noomi Rapace will play Maria Callas in a new biopic about the opera icon. Cleverly titled CALLAS, the film will centre on the singer's intense 20-year relationship with Aristotle Onassis. Niki Caro is writing and directing.
Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara will reunite to star in the drama COLLATERAL BEAUTY, about an advertising executive who begins to fall into depression after a personal tragedy. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will direct from a script by Allan Loeb.
Diego Luna has landed a lead role in STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE, Gareth Edwards' anthology film about a group of rebels trying to steal the plans for the Empire's Death Star in the time before Episode IV. The film also stars Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed and Ben Mendelsohn.
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem will star in ESCOBAR, a new biopic about the Colombian drug kingpin written and directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa (A Perfect Day). The film will plot his rise from obscurity to become one of the most powerful criminals in the world.
Rachel Weisz will star in and produce SNATCHBACK, based on the true story of a woman spent more than a decade searching for her daughter, who had been kidnapped at age 2 by her ex-husband kidnapped and taken to the Middle East. Pete Travis is writing and directing.
Nicolas Cage will reteam with Mike Figgis for the thriller EXIT 147, about a policeman with a warped sense of morality. And Cage will also star in Paul Schrader's crime thriller DOG EAT DOG, about three ex-cons who team up for a kidnapping that goes wrong.
Will Ferrell will star in TOM'S DAD, a comedy about a nightclub performer in 1960s Nevada hoping to boost his career with an act involving circus animals, just as he is forced to take care of his estranged pre-teen son. Johnny Depp is producing.
David Oyelowo will join Luke Evans in THREE SECONDS, an adaptation of a Swedish novel about a man who goes undercover as part of an FBI operation, then is abandoned inside. Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders) is directing.
Hailee Steinfeld and Robert Sheehan will star in THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, which follows a teen for 24 hours as she travels to London for her father's wedding, and she meets a young British guy on the flight. Dustin Lance Black is writing and directing.
Armie Hammer is joining FINAL PORTRAIT, as the American art critic James Lord, who finds it surprisingly difficult to sit for a portrait by Swiss painter Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush). Stanley Tucci is directing.
Abbie Cornish and Dermot Mulroney will star in LAVENDER, a psychological thriller about a photographer with memory-loss issues who discovers information in her photos that suggest she might be responsible for a series of deaths. Filming starts this month in Toronto.
And Dave Bautista and Sienna Guillory will star in WARRIOR'S GATE, a fantasy about a teen (Uriah Shelton) who is transported to ancient China, where he uses his videogame skills to become a Kung Fu warrior. Filming is underway with director Matthias Hoene (Cockneys vs Zombies) and a script by Luc Besson and Robert Kamen.
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