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George Clooney will team up with Jodie Foster for MONEY MONSTER, the story of a TV financial guru who is held hostage by a man who follows his advice and loses his family's savings. Foster is directing from a script by Jamie Linden.
Eva Green is lined up to star in MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, based on the novel about a woman who protects orphans and finds herself defending a group of children with special powers. Tim Burton is directing.
Josh Brolin will play the villainous Thanos in the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY sequel, which writer-director James Gunn is already working on. The entire cast will be back for the new film, which is set for release in 2017.
Kit Harington and Andy Samberg will star in the mock-doc 7 DAYS IN HELL, about a rising-star tennis player battling his mentor at Wimbledon. Costars include Lena Dunham, Michael Sheen, Mary Steenburgen, June Squibb, Karen Gillan and Will Forte.
Meanwhile, Harington's Game of Throne sister Maisie Williams is lined up to play the lead role in THE LAST OF US, a romantic horror movie based on the videogame about survivors seeking for a cure for a disease that has decimated America. Sam Raimi is producing.
Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito are the latest new cast members for Jon Favreau's THE JUNGLE BOOK, joining Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson and Idris Elba to play animal characters through voice and motion-capture performances. A 10-year-old newcomer, Neel Sethi, is the only actor who will appear on screen.
Meanwhile, Esposito will join Amy Madigan and actress-singer Ashanti in STUCK, a musical drama about six people trapped in a stalled underground Subway train. THis is not to be confused with the forthcoming comedy STUCK, about a group of people stuck in a lift on Christmas. It stars Patrick Stewart, Jon Heder and Cheryl Hines.
Joe Cornish is being courted to direct a new King Kong movie set on SKULL ISLAND. The film is being made by Legendary, which also owns the Pacific Rim and Godzilla franchises, setting up a possible monster crossover movie down the road.
Speaking of which, Gareth Edwards will be back for GODZILLA 2, in which the heroic monster will face off against iconic nemeses Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah. Before he starts work on that, Edwards is making a STAR WARS spin-off.
And former cohost of The View Sherri Shepherd has landed a role in RIDE ALONG 2, opposite Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. Tim Story is back as director, and the cast includes Benjamin Bratt, Ken Jeong and Tika Sumpter. Filming is underway.
Robert Downey Jr has already shot the AVENGERS sequel and signed on for a third one, and how he's also considering a fourth IRON MAN movie as well. Negotiations are underway.
Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline will all be back for a sequel to the geriatric Hangover-style comedy LAST VEGAS. This one will be set back on their home turf in Brooklyn as they confront things that have changed since they were kids. Jon Turteltaub is expected to be back as director.
Johnny Depp will indeed be back for a fifth PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN adventure. There's no word on the plot, but the film has just been set for a 2017 release date. It's being directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki), once they finish shooting the pilot for a Marco Polo TV series.
Uma Thurman has joined Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller in the vaguely retitled ADAM JONES, about a superstar chef working to achieve his third Michelin star. The film costars Emma Thompson, Jamie Dornan, Daniel Bruhl, Lily James and Sarah Greene, and is being directed by John Wells.
Will Ferrell will reunite with director Adam McKay for MANIMAL, based on the 1983 TV series about a doctor who can shapeshift into a variety of animals and uses his ability to solve crimes. Obviously, the plan is to turn it into a comedy.
Dwayne Johnson has hinted that he will play Captain Marvel in SHAZAM. These rumours have been swirling for awhile, but the actor himself is now sharing them. And while shooting STAR WARS EPISODE VII, actor John Boyega has hinted that he might play comic book superhero Black Panther in a film made by sister company Marvel.
Tommy Lee Jones is joining Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman in the thriller CRIMINAL, about a prison inmate who's mind is implanted with the memories of a dead CIA operative in the hopes that he can help avert a disaster. Ariel Vroman is directing.
Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall are all set to return for THE BEST MAN WEDDING, a third movie in the series written and directed by Malcolm D Lee.
Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley have joined Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix in the cast of Woody Allen's next film, which is currently shooting in Rhode Island. As always, Allen hasn't given away any details of the plot yet.
And the Soska Sisters (American Mary) will direct a film of the comic book PAINKILLER JANE, about an undercover cop who develops special regenerative powers after being tortured by a drug ring. The character has appeared in TV movies and series, but is finally set to hit the big screen for a more action-based thriller.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are teaming up on-screen for the first time in a decade in BY THE SEA, a drama that Jolie is also writing and directing. In addition, Pitt and the couple's six children are also rumoured to be joining Jolie on-screen for her long-gestating CLEOPATRA project.
Matthew McConaughey is up for the lead role in THE COMPANY MAN, based on the true story of CIA operative Edwin Wilson who rose in status during the Cold War, was sacked when the government's policies changed and became America's most-wanted man.
Sandra Bullock will star in BROWNIE WISE, the true story of the inventive businesswoman who came up with the idea for marketing Tupperware through home parties. Tate Taylor is writing and directing.
Colin Firth will star as British yacht-racer Donald Crowhurst in a film about his notorious stunt in which he pretended to spend eight months racing around the globe, but actually just hid out and then rejoined the competitors at the end of the race. James Marsh is directing.
Steve Carell has landed the lead in the comedy adventure BROOKLYN FAMILY ROBINSON, as a man who takes his family to a tropical island for a fresh start in life. The script is by David Reynolds (Finding Nemo).
Naomi Watts is joining Jake Gyllenhaal for DEMOLITION, the story of a young investment banker trying to understand his grief after the sudden death of his wife. He then meets an unexpected woman who turns his life around. Jean-Marc Vallee is directing.
Idris Elba is lined up to reteam with director Guy Ritchie for KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE: KING ARTHUR, which has been set up as a possible six-movie franchise tracing the life of the monarch of legend. Elba would play Bedivere, who teaches the young Arthur about military strategy.
Robert Sheehan, Lily Cole, Jack Fox and David O'Hara are teaming up for THE MESSENGER, about a troubled young man who has been treated as mad all his life, but he's actually a conduit for the dead to communicate to the living. Director David Blair (Best Laid Plans ) started filming this week in Britain.
Ridley Scott will produce and possibly direct a biopic about top chef Marco Pierre White, based on his memoir THE DEVIL IN THE KITCHEN. The film will trace his rise from a troubled childhood to fame in the 1980s, when he trained the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Marco Batali and became the youngest chef ever to receive three Michelin stars. He famously gave them back.
And Vin Diesel will be back in action for XXX 3: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE, which will be shot in the Philippines. He has also said that he wants Katy Perry to star opposite him. Diesel starred in the 2002 original, but was replaced by Ice Cube in the 2005 sequel.
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