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Margot Robbie is lined up to play Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. The film is set in late-60s Los Angeles and centres on the former star of a TV Western (Leonardo DiCaprio) and a stuntman (Brad Pitt) trying to reignite their careers.
Kristen Stewart will star in AGAINST ALL ENEMIES as iconic actress Jean Seberg, who was investigated by the FBI during the civil rights protests in 1960s Los Angeles. Benedict Andrews is directing from a script by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel.
Robert Downey Jr is hoping to make a third SHERLOCK HOLMES movie with Jude Law and Guy Ritchie. But he has several other things in the works before that, including THE VOYAGE OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE and a new Perry Mason TV series.
Jon Hamm is being lined up to star opposite Natalie Portman in PALE BLUE DOT, a drama about an astronaut who starts losing her sense of reality after returning to Earth after a long mission in space. Noah Hawley is directing.
Taika Waititi will play Adolf Hitler in his next film, JOJO RABBIT, a satirical drama about a 10-year-old boy who is a loyal member of the Hitler Youth until he discovers that his mother is hiding a 15-year-old Jewish girl in their home.
Charlie Plummer has landed lead roles in two films. WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS is about a teen struggling with schizophrenia as he enrols in a new school. Thor Freudenthal is directing. And GULLY is about a group of teens running wild in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. Kelvin Harrison Jr, Jacob Latimore, Alice Eve and Jonathan Majors costar.
Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key will reunite to voice the lead characters in WENDELL AND WILD, a stop-motion animated comedy about two demon brothers facing off against a demon-killing nun and her goth teen sidekicks. Henry Selick is directing.
Famke Janssen will star opposite Nicolas Cage in PRIMAL, about a big-game hunter taking on on an escaped political assassin who releases a bunch of deadly animals that are being transported to the USA on a freighter. Nick Powell is directing.
Spike Lee is being lined up to direct a film about the Spider-Man spin-off NIGHTWATCH, about an African-American scientist who gets thrown around in time, running into his own corpse wearing a futuristic suit of armour and fighting crime. The script is by Cheo Hodari Coker (Luke Cage).
And Rob Zombie started filming THREE FROM HELL this week. This is the long-delayed third chapter in the saga of the Firefly family, after House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and The Devil's Rejects (2005). Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie and Bill Moseley are reprising their roles.
Bradley Cooper is set to play MATT HELM in a new film based on the long-running series of WWII espionage novels, four of which were made into light caper films in the 1960s. Tom Shepherd is writing the script.
Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen will team up for THE GOOD LIAR, about a veteran con artist who decides to stage one last swindle against a wealthy widow he met online. Bill Condon is directing from a script by Jeffrey Hatcher.
Toni Collette, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Tom Sturridge, Daveed Diggs, Zawe Ashton and Natalia Dyer are joining Jake Gyllenhaal in a horror thriller set in the world of wealthy art collectors. Writer-director Dan Gilroy has just started filming in Los Angeles.
Madonna will direct TAKING FLIGHT, a biopic about Michaela DePrince, who was orphaned in Sierra Leone's civil war and went on to become a world-class ballerina. Camilla Blackett (Fresh off the Boat) is writing the script.
It's official: Vin Diesel will star in BLOODSHOT, based on the comic book series about an amnesiac soldier who has been brought back to life using nano-technology. Director Dave Wilson, working from an Eric Heisserer script, is planning to make this as a grittier 1980s-style sci-fi action movie.
Laurence Fishburne, Leslie Bibb, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Clifton Collins Jr, Cole Hauser and Peter Facinelli are joining Nicolas Cage in RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL, a drug-trade thriller based on the real-life experiences of writer-director Jason Cabell, a former Navy Seal who worked with the DEA in Colombia.
Rising star Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) will star in MONSOON, as a man who travels from his home in London to his birthplace in Vietnam to scatter his parents' ashes. Hong Khaou (Lilting) is writing and directing.
Lance Reddick (John Wick) has joined the cast of ANGEL HAS FALLEN, the second Olympus Has Fallen sequel starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. Set on Air Force One, the thriller also stars Jada Pinkett Smith and Piper Perabo. Ric Roman Waugh is directing.
Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman) will write and direct THE WONDER OF ALL THINGS, based on the novel about a 13-year-old girl who, after a plane crash during an air show, discovers that she has healing powers.
And Michael Bay will direct 6 UNDERGROUND, an action film with a plot that's being kept under wraps. It's being written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Deadpool). After this, Bay will reunite with producer Steven Spielberg to direct the sci-fi blockbuster ROBOPOCALYPSE.
Lily James is lined up to star in a musical comedy that's being written by Richard Curtis and directed by Danny Boyle. There's no word on the plot, but apparently Boyle will shoot this film before he takes on the 25th JAMES BOND adventure.
Elizabeth Banks will star in a horror movie written by Brian and Mark Gunn and produced by James Gunn, who directed Banks in 2006's Slither. There's no word on the plot of this new film, but David Yarovesky (The Hive) is directing.
John Travolta and Devon Sawa will star in MOOSE, about an action movie star who is stalked by an obsessive fan. The film is being written and directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, who based the script on real events from his own life. Filming is underway in Alabama.
Jerrod Carmichael is writing a biopic about DAPPER DAN, who created hip-hop fashion. The film is being described as a coming of age story, set in Harlem where he worked with top stars like P Diddy, LL Cool J and Jay-Z. It's based on the designer's forthcoming memoir.
Kate Bosworth will star in TATE, yet another film marking the 50th anniversary of actress Sharon Tate's horrific murder in August 1969. Directed by Michael Polish, this film has the support of Tate's family, unlike Hillary Duff's THE HAUNTING OF SHARON TATE or Quentin Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.
Matthew Goode and Ralph Fiennes are joining Keira Knightley and Matt Smith for OFFICIAL SECRETS, the thriller based on the true story of a British spy who blew the whistle on how the US and UK cooperated to illegally coerce the UN to vote for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Gavin Hood is directing.
Mackenzie Davis has landed the lead role in the upcoming TERMINATOR reboot, which brings James Cameron back to the franchise for a direct sequel to his Terminator 2: Judgement Day, including stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton. Tim Miller is directing from a script by Billy Ray.
Maika Monroe and Bill Skarsgard will star in VILLAINS, a blackly comical thriller about a group of thieves who break into a suburban house and find a young girl chained in the basement. The Black List script is by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen.
Stephen Graham has joined the cast of GREYHOUND, the World War II drama written by and starring Tom Hanks as a real-life Naval destroyer commander who was had to overcome self-doubts and personal demons as he went into battle. Aaron Schneider is directing.
And Tommy Wiseau (the notorious actor-filmmaker from The Room) is starring in SCARY LOVE, a dark sci-fi drama in which he plays a Los Angeles bounty hunter searching for the long-lost woman he loves. Jennifer Jupiter Stratford is directing.
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