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Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie are being lined up for SUICIDE SQUAD, David Ayer's film of the DC comic about a team of antiheroes who work as expendable black-ops agents. Gosling is also apparently considering the title role in the biopic THE SECRET LIFE OF HOUDINI.
Christian Bale is lined up to play Steve Jobs in yet another biopic about the Apple pioneer. Directed by Danny Boyle from a script by Aaron Sorkin, this one apparently consists of just three extended scenes that take place backstage before one of the company's famed product launches: the Mac, the NeXT and the iPod.
Katie Holmes, Nicholas Hoult and singer Ariana Grande are joining the vocal cast for the animated comedy UNDERDOGS, about a team of loosing foosballers who reunite to reclaim their dignity. Also on board are Matthew Morrison, John Leguizamo and Chazz Palminteri. Juan Jose Campanella is directing.
Robert Redford is up for a key role in PETE'S DRAGON, a remake of the 1977 live action/animation hybrid about a boy whose parents die in a car crash, leaving him to be raised in the forest by a dragon named Elliot. Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence have been cast in the lead children roles.
Jackie Earle Haley has joined the cast of LONDON HAS FALLEN, the Secret Service action sequel reuniting Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Radha Mitchell. Directed by Babak Najafi (Easy Money II), it centres on a terrorist strike at the Prime Minister's funeral.
Gal Gadot and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) have joined the cast of the BEN-HUR remake, which stars Jack Huston as a man in 1st century Rome who is betrayed by his best friend (Toby Kebbell) and sold into slavery. Morgan Freeman costars in the film, which is being directed by Timur Bekmambetov.
Donald Glover and Aksel Hennie have joined the cast of Ridley Scott's sci-fi adventure THE MARTIAN, about an astronaut (Matt Damon) who is stranded on Mars and must survive long enough to be rescued. Also on board are Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena and Mackenzie Davis.
Briana Evigan and Emily Osment will star in LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED?, based on the short film about a society in which being gay is normal and people are bullied for being straight. Director-cowriter Kim Rocco Shields started filming this week in Los Angeles.
Shawn Levy is lined up to direct a film based on the videogame MINECRAFT, in which players use cubes to build walls and other things to protect themselves from monsters in a realm called The Nether. A big effects blockbuster is in the works.
And G Cameron Romero is planning to make ORIGINS, a prequel to his father George's iconic zombie 1968 movie Night of the Living Dead. The story is set in the late 1960s, when a scientist makes a deal with the US government so he can carry on his work, but loses control of it in the process. The film has launched a crowdfunding campaign.
Javier Bardem is lined up to play the villain in the fifth adventure PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, which again stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and possible other cast members from previous episodes. Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) are directing.
Buzz is again circling about a third SEX AND THE CITY movie, with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Jennifer Hudson all dropping hints that plans are underway. Kim Cattrall has also said that she's up for returning to the franchise.
Dave Bautista has reportedly landed the role as the villain's henchman Hinx in the 24th JAMES BOND movie, while Lea Seydoux is apparently up for a Bond girl role. Daniel Craig returns as 007 alongside Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and director Sam Mendes. Filming starts in December.
Kate Beckinsale may return for the fifth UNDERWORLD movie, alongside Theo James, who appeared in the fourth film. The film will apparently introduce a whole new plotline, and plans to expand into a television series as well.
Maggie Grace, Tom Welling and Alexandra Daddario are joining the cast of THE CHOICE, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel about a couple (Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker) falling in love in a picturesque coastal village. Director Ross Katz (Adult Beginners) starts filming next week in North Carolina.
Luke Wilson will join Will Smith for the drama GAME BRAIN, about chronic serious head injuries in American football. Peter Landesman is directing the film, which also stars Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha Raw, David Morse, Arliss Howard and Paul Reiser.
Lizzy Caplan is up for a role (possibly replacing Isla Fisher) in the illusionist thriller sequel NOW YOU SEE ME 2, which once again stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Michael Caine, plus Daniel Radcliffe. Jon M Chu is directing.
Martin Donovan has landed a role in ANT-MAN, based on the Marvel comic about a scientist who invents a suit that shrinks in size while increasing in strength. Filming is underway with Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena and Corey Stoll. Peyton Reed is directing.
Olivia Thirlby and Nelsan Ellis have joined the ensemble cast of THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT, which also stars Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Michael Angarano, James Frecheville, Johnny Simmons and Ki Hong Lee. Kyle Alvarez is directing the drama, which is about the notorious 1971 study on the limits of human cruelty.
And it won't be Iron Man 4 after all. Robert Downey Jr will return to the screen as Tony Stark in CAPTAIN AMERICA 3, which has been planned as the first in Marvel's "phase 3" of movies. The plot will apparently be based on the comics' Civil War storyline, which pits Downey's character against Chris Evans' Captain America
Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law will be back for a third SHERLOCK HOLMES adventure, possibly again directed by Guy Ritchie. There's no word on the plot aside from the usual comment that the filmmakers want to out-do what they've done before. Meanwhile, Downey has also said this week that he's up for IRON MAN 4.
Bryan Cranston will star in THE INFILTRATOR, reuniting with The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman. It's based on Robert Mazur's autobiography covering his years as a customs agent who went undercover as a playboy to infiltrate a Colombian drug cartel.
Diane Kruger has two new projects lined up. First, she'll star in MARYLAND, about a woman and her child who are given a traumatised ex-soldier as a bodyguard. Next is SKY, opposite Joshua Jackson. It's the story of a spiritual journey.
Bill Nighy, Toby Jones, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Allison Steadman, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Blake Harrison, Mark Gatiss, Annette Crosbie, Danny Mays and Bill Paterson will star in a film version of the iconic British TV sitcom DAD'S ARMY, about wartime antics in a small town on the southern English coast in 1944. Oliver Parker is directing.
Matt Bomer will join Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in the thriller THE NICE GUYS, about an alcoholic private investigator looking into the suicide of a has-been porn star. Shane Black is directing and cowriting.
Eric Bana has joined the cast of the now-filming THE FINEST HOURS, based on the true story of the rescue operation after two oil tankers in a storm collided off the coast of New England in 1952. The film also stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster and Holliday Grainger.
Kerry Washington will star in the rom-com IS HE THE ONE?, which follows a woman getting ready for her wedding day as she remembers the three major relationships in her life. Malcolm D Lee is directing from a screenplay by Michelle Morgan and DJ Richardson.
Jeff Daniels is up for a role in Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller THE MARTIAN, about an astronaut (Matt Damon) who must figure out how to survive on Mars while Nasa tries to launch a rescue mission to bring him home. Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara and Kristen Wiig are also on board.
Iggy Pop will star in the horror thriller THE SANDMAN as a serial killer who murders women on Christmas Eve. It's the latest from Italian maestro Dario Argento, centring on a young student who encounters a murderer he thought he had killed as a child.
And work is underway on a big-screen version of Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved book LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, which was of course famously adapted into a 1970s TV series. The story centres on a family of pioneers in the American Midwest in the 1880s. Sean Durkin is directing from a script by Abi Morgan.
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