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Tom Holland will star in BENEATH A SCARLET SKY, based on the novel about an Italian teenager whose idyllic life is interrupted by World War II. After helping Jews escape the Nazis, he is forced to become a driver for Hitler's right-hand man, and secretly feeds information to the Allies.
Cate Blanchett is set to play a witch alongside Jack Black in THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS. It's about a young orphan boy who moves in with his uncle, who turns out to be a rather inefficient witch. The title refers to a clock counting down to doomsday. Eli Roth is directing.
Channing Tatum will star in BLOODLINES, a dramatic thriller about a rookie FBI agent who stumbles across a money laundering operation that links a Texas horse ranch and a Mexican drug cartel. Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) is writing the script.
Anya Taylor-Joy is reuniting with The Witch writer-director Robert Eggers for a remake of the 1922 silent vampire classic NOSFERATU. An unofficial variation on the Dracula story, the plot centres on Count Orlok of Transylvania.
Jennifer Aniston is lined up to star in an adult-aimed comedy about a stressed-out suburban couple trying to recapture the fun of their youth. Sophie Goodhart (My Blind Brother) is writing and directing.
Michael B Jordan is lined up to star in a remake of A BITTERSWEET LIFE, the 2005 Korean thriller about a bodyguard for a gangster who is ordered to kill his boss' mistress if she's having an affair with another man. Jennifer Yuh Nelson is directing.
Alan Arkin has joined the cast of Tim Burton's live-action remake of the Disney classic DUMBO, about a young circus elephant who discovers a distinctive talent after being bullied about his oversized ears. Eva Green, Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito costar.
Sasha Lane (American Honey) is joining the cast of the HELLBOY reboot, which stars David Harbour as the demonic detective hero, alongside Milla Jovovich and Ian McShane. Director Neil Marshall will start filming next month.
Filmmaker Chris Columbus says that he has completed the script for GREMLINS 3, and that it's much darker than the 1984 original and its 1990 sequel. The new film is planned as a sequel, rather than a reboot, again using puppets rather than digital effects.
And Stephen Daldry is in talks to direct a STAR WARS spin-off movie about Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. The big question is what the timeline for this story will be. If it takes place between Episodes III and IV, then look for Ewan McGregor to reprise the role. He has said that he's up for it.
Somewhat obviously, Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play Leonardo da Vinci in a new biopic about the iconic 14th century artist-inventor. The film is based on the forthcoming book by Walter Isaacson (who wrote the source book for Steve Jobs).
Katie Holmes will star in an adaptation of the 2006 self-help bestseller THE SECRET. She'll play a widow with three young children who learns a new philosophy about the power of the universe from a handyman she hires to fix her house. Andy Tennant is directing.
Donald Sutherland and Jamie Kennedy are joining the cast of the sci-fi drama AD ASTRA, which also stars Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga and Tommy Lee Jones. It's about an engineer who heads into space to find his father, who went missing on a mission to Neptune 20 years earlier. James Gray is directing.
Nick Jonas is joining the cast of Doug Liman's CHAOS WALKING, a sci-fi thriller about a future in which a virus causes all thoughts to become audible. The film also stars Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen and Kurt Sutter.
Olivia Munn, Kevin Dillon, Dax Shepard, James Roday and Dan Bakkedahl are joining the cast of THE BUDDY GAMES, about a group of friends who meet up to play a series of absurd physical and mental challenges. Josh Duhamel leads the ensemble cast, and is also directing.
Noah Taylor has joined the cast of SKYSCRAPER, the action thriller starring Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell. It's about a security expert who is framed a fiery attack on China's tallest building, which his family are inside of. Rawson Marshall Thurber is directing.
Toby Sebastian, Shania Twain and Michael Madsen are joining John Travolta in TRADING POINT, which started filming in Alabama this week. It's about a dirt-track racing legend who returns to competition when his son joins a rival's team. Karzan Kader is directing.
Deborah Ann Woll, Logan Miller and Taylor Russell will star in THE MAZE, a thriller about six strangers who find themselves in a situation that forces them to use their wits to survive. Adam Robitel (Insidious Chapter 4) is directing, with filming set to take place in South Africa.
Wendi McLendon Covey and David Koechner have joined Tom Felton in WHALING, which also stars Tammin Sursok and Austin Swift. It's about estranged siblings who reunite at their mother's funeral, charged with disposing her ashes in an unexpected way. Sean McEwen is directing.
And Milla Jovovich will play the villainous Blood Queen in the HELLBOY reboot, which stars David Harbour and Ian McShane. Neil Jordan starts shooting next month, and plans to take a more horror-style approach than the previous comedy-fantasy films.
Nicole Kidman is up for a role in DESTROYER, a female-based crime thriller directed by Karen Kusama from a script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. The plot is being kept under wraps.
Riz Ahmed is being lined up to join Tom Hardy in VENOM, the first in a series of Spider-Man spin-off movies. This one centres on a photographer who develops superpowers when an alien being takes up residence inside him. Ruben Fleischer is directing.
Ruth Negga and Tommy Lee Jones will star with Brad Pitt in AD ASTRA, the sci-fi epic about a man travelling through a lawless solar system in search of his missing scientist father. James Gray is directing from a script he wrote with Ethan Gross.
Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone will reteam once again to star in and direct a film about the first female police officers in Boston in the late 1970s. Apparently the plan is to make a more serious action drama focussing on the city's racial divide.
Jack O'Connell and Laura Dern are set to star in TRIAL BY FIRE, based on the true story of an uneducated heavy metal fan wrongly convicted of killing his three young children. Ed Zwick is directing from a script by Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious).
Anna Paquin will star opposite Holliday Grainger in TELL IT TO THE BEES, a romance set in 1950s Britain between a single mother and a doctor who moves back to the small town where her late father practiced medicine. Costars include Kate Dickie, Emun Elliot, Steven Robertson and Lauren Lyle. Director Annabel Jankel is currently filming in Scotland.
Selena Gomez has joined the cast of Woody Allen's next movie, which also stars Elle Fanning and Timothee Chalamet. There's no word on the plot or title of this one, but filming is set to start this month.
Jennifer Garner is lined up for the lead role in PEPPERMINT, a thriller about a young mother who, after her husband and daughter are murdered, takes 10 years to plot elaborate revenge on the killers as well as the lawyers and cops who let them get away with it. Pierre Morel is directing.
Judy Greer has joined Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace and Timothy Olyphant in DRIVEN, a thriller about a con-artist who switches sides to help inform the FBI about drug smugglers. Nick Hamm is directing from a script by Colin Bateman. Filming starts next month in Puerto Rico.
And even though he died in the first movie, Stephen Lang is returning as the villain for all four AVATAR sequels. But then, he's not the only presumed dead character coming back. The new films will again star Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver.
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