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Zoe Saldana is in talks to play EARTHA KITT in a biopic about the iconic singer, dancer and actress. The film will trace Kitt's career in music, film, television and on stage from the 1950s until her death at age 81 in 2008.
Patrick Wilson is lined up for a major role in Edgar Wright's ANT-MAN. Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily and Michael Pena co-star in the project which is scheduled to begin shooting in April.
Josh Gad and Kevin James will star in PIXELS, based on a short film about a group of arcade gamers who must save the world from an alien attack that uses versions of classic 1980s video games.
Berenice Bejo and Sergio Castellitto will star in the psychological thriller AFTER THE STORM, about a woman who, when her 5-year-old son accidentally dies, hides the body and sparks a missing-child media circus.
Alexandra Roach, Michael Socha, Kate Bracken and Jack Lowden will star in the British comedy MOON DOGS, about two feuding brothers who travel together from Shetland to Glasgow and both fall for a free-spirited girl along the way.
Rainn Wilson, David Morse, Mike Vogel, Zuleikha Robinson and Bill Sage are currently in Colombia filming THE BOY, the first in a trilogy tracing the life of a serial killer. Jared Breeze plays him in the first film as a 9-year-old. Craig Macneill is directing.
Alan Cumming will voice a main character in the animated feature BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS, based on the Brothers Grimm story about a wizard traveling through time and space to assemble the perfect band for the wedding of the king's daughter.
Vincent D'Onofrio and Irrfan Khan have joined the cast of JURASSIC WORLD, the long-awaited sequel starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Idris Elba, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins. Director Colin Trevorrow starts filming soon in Hawaii.
Diane Ladd, Danielle Brooks, Christina Rouner, James McCaffrey and Eden Brolin will star in I DREAM TOO MUCH, about a recent college graduate who volunteers to care for her demanding great aunt. Filming starts this month in New York.
And Jesse Eisenberg has been confirmed to play Lex Luthor in the BATMAN VS SUPERMAN project currently in the works with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot. Zack Snyder is directing.
Bradley Cooper will star in and produce the crime thriller AMERICAN BLOOD, based on the first in a proposed series of novels about an undercover New York cop who testifies against the mob and goes into witness protection in New Mexico. But of course the mob tracks him down.
Adam Driver has apparently landed a major role in STAR WARS EPISODE VII. Of course, JJ Abrams isn't saying anything about the role, but word has it that he'll play a villain in the film, which starts filming in April at Pinewood.
Will Smith is up for the lead in the supernatural crime thriller BRILLIANCE, which takes place in an alternate reality as a federal agent hunts down a terrorist who has special powers. It's based on the bestselling novel by Marcus Sakey.
Jason Statham will star opposite Melissa McCarthy in the imaginatively titled action comedy SUSAN COOPER. Apparently they'll play rival spies forced to work together on a big case. Paul Feig is directing.
Annette Bening, Lily Collins, Matthew Broderick, Candice Bergen and Alden Ehrenreich have all reportedly joined Warren Beatty for his film about an affair the aviator and recluse Howard Hughes had with a much younger woman. Filming is underway.
Molly Shannon, Nicholas Turturro, Gary Valentine and David Henrie will join Kevin James in PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, in which the title character attends a security guard convention in Las Vegas with his daughter (Raini Rodriguez). After being mocked by the other attendees, he of course helps solve a major crime.
Edward Norton will star in, write and direct MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, a drama about a lonely, tenacious detective with Tourette's syndrome who is trying to solve the murder of his mentor. Jonathan Lethem's novel is set in present-day New York, but the film will shift the action to the 1950s.
Kate Beckinsale will join Simon Pegg, Joanna Lumley and Eddie Izzard in the British comedy ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING, about schoolteacher who is given superpowers by four aliens voiced by John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin. Robin Williams is also on hand to voice a dog in the film, which starts shooting next month.
Paz Vega, Carmen Maura, Edward James Olmos and Quim Gutierrez are lined up to star in a drama about a multi-generational Spanish family in Australia. Jim Loach (Oranges and Sunshine) is directing from a script by Judy Morris (Happy Feet 2). Filming starts next week.
Grace Zabriskie, Brad Dourif, Brendan Coughlin and Ayla Kell will star in ROSEMONT, about four people trapped in a winter resort by a blizzard just before Christmas: the lodge's reclusive owner, the caretaker, a snowboarder and a heavily single woman who's just about to give birth. Daniel Petrie Jr is writing and directing.
And Kanye West has decided to make a movie based on his extravagant YEEZUS tour. Directed by Hype Williams, the film will include footage of him performing live, but there's no word on whether this is a straightforward concert film or a backstage doc.
Tom Hardy is set to play the Kray brothers in LEGEND, a drama about the identical twins who ran London's criminal underworld in the 1950s and 60s. The film will focus on Reggie's attempt to soothe out the more fiery personality of Ronnie, who had psychotic tendencies. Brian Helgeland is writing and directing.
Amanda Seyfried has landed the female lead opposite Mark Wahlberg in TED 2. Apparently, Mila Kunis will only have a cameo in the film, if that. Seyfried also worked with writer-director-costar Seth MacFarlane on the upcoming comedy Western A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST.
Berenice Bejo, Audrey Tautou and Melanie Laurent are teaming up for ETERNITY, the story of three mothers who find dignity in the middle of tragic events. Vietnamese filmmaker Tran Anh Hung is set to start shooting in France this summer.
Bryan Cranston and Edgar Ramirez will join Naomi Watts for HOLLAND, MICHIGAN, a black comedy about a woman who thinks her husband is cheating on her, then discovers that he's actually a serial killer. Errol Morris is directing.
Jack O'Connell has landed a lead role in SECTION 6, a biopic about George Mansfield Cummings, who founded MI6 during the First World War and was the inspiration for the character M in the James Bond movies.
Mads Mikkelsen is lined up to star in DOCTOR STRANGE, although it's unsure whether he's set to play the Marvel superhero sorcerer or his arch-nemesis Baron Mordo. The film is in very early stages.
Debra Winger, Eddie Izzard, Josh Lucas and Kevin McHale have joined Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates in BOYCHOIR, about a troubled teen who clashes with his school's domineering choir master. Director Francois Girard started filming this week in Connecticut.
Djimon Hounsou and Norman Reedus will star in the sci-fi thriller AIR, set after a devastating global nuclear war has left most of earth uninhabitable. It's about workers in an underground cryogenic facility where people have been frozen to be woken up after the atmosphere clears up.
Holliday Grainger is joining Alicia Vikander in the romantic drama TULIP FEVER, based on Deborah Moggach's novel about a married woman in 17th century Amsterdam who embarks on a torrid affair with an artist hired to paint her portrait. Justin Chadwick is directing.
Australian actor Luke Bracey has landed the lead role opposite Gerard Butler in POINT BREAK, the remake of the 1991 adventure thriller that starred Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze as an undercover FBI agent and a surfing-skydiving bank robber, respectively. Kurt Wimmer's script for the remake shifts the action to extreme sports.
And this week's STAR WARS EPISODE VII casting rumour has Gary Oldman in a key role, alongside the returning Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davies and Ian McDiarmid, plus Benedict Cumberbatch.
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