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Chris Pratt may take the lead role in COWBOY NINJA VIKING, based on the graphic novel about an assassin with a split personality trying to track down the billionaire who funds a secret government programme.
Rosamund Pike will star opposite Charlie Hunnam in THE MOUNTAINS BETWEEN US, based on the novel about an estranged couple who survive a mountain plane crash, then have to hike to safety. Hany Abu-Assad is directing.
Christoph Waltz has landed a role opposite Daniel Craig in the 24th JAMES BOND thriller. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dave Bautista and Lea Seydoux have also been rumoured for roles. Director Sam Mendes starts filming next month in Mexico, Morocco and Europe.
Shailene Woodley has joined the cast of Oliver Stone's drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). The film will trace Snowden's move from Hawaii to Hong Kong, and then on to Russia.
Armie Hammer has joined Nate Parker in THE BIRTH OF A NATION, a biopic about Nat Turner, the legendary slave who led a violent uprising against Virginia slaveowners in 1831. Parker has also written the script and is making his directing debut.
Julia Roberts and Jack O'Connell may join George Clooney in the cast of MONEY MONSTER, about a TV star taken hostage live on air by an angry working-class guy. Jodie Foster is directing.
Meanwhile, Christophe Lambert will join Clooney in the Coen brothers' HAIL CAESAR, a comedy set over a momentous day in 1950s Hollywood as a studio-hired fixer (Josh Brolin) tries to manage the press. Costars include Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes.
Jude Law may reunite with director Guy Ritchie for KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE, the first in a proposed franchise starring Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere. The script is by Joby Harold (Awake).
Clive Owen, Maria Bello and Jaeden Lieberher (St Vincent) will star in THE CONFIRMATION, the directing debut of writer Bob Nelson (Nebraska). It's about a father and son trying to get to know each other over two days. Costars include Patton Oswalt, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Forster, Matthew Modine and Stephen Tobolowsky.
Jason Ritter, James Brolin and Christine Lahti will star in the drama THE STEPS, about a down-on-his-luck guy who is invited to spend the weekend in the family lake house so he can meet his father's new wife. Andrew Currie is directing.
And Daniel Bruhl has landed a bad guy role in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, which will apparently be expanded into a full-on villain for the DOCTOR STRANGE movie. Chris Evans will be back as the captain, along with Robert Downey Jr, Frank Grillo, Chadwick Boseman and probably Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L Jackson.
Robert DeNiro may reunite with Jennifer Lawrence and director David O Russell for JOY, a biopic about the man (Joe Manganiello) who invented the Miracle Mop. DeNiro, Lawrence and Russell previously worked together on Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
Emily Blunt is up for the lead role in BARTON & CHARLIE & CHECCO & BILL, which is being written and directed by actor Rupert Friend. It's being described as a road movie about a con man who has a romantic adventure with a feisty woman.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will indeed play Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone's film about the whistleblower. The film is based on the novel Time of the Octopus, by Snowden's Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, as well as The Snowden Files by Guardian journalist Luke Harding.
Anna Kendrick and JK Simmons will join Ben Affleck in THE ACCOUNTANT, a thriller about a quiet accountant who moonlights as an assassin. Gavin O'Connor is directing. Kendrick and Simmons previously worked together on Up in the Air.
Margot Robbie may play Harley Quinn in the new SUICIDE SQUAD movie. The character has a dark connection to the Joker. A psychiatrist manipulated into becoming a henchman, Quinn has never been portrayed on film before. David Ayer is directing.
Also being lined up to play members of SUICIDE SQUAD: Tom Hardy as team leader Rick Flag, Will Smith as Captain Boomerang, Jai Courtenay as Deadshot, and the previously mentioned Jared Leto as the Joker. Jesse Eisenberg is also due to reprise his role as Lex Luthor from the upcoming BATMAN V SUPERMAN movie.
Joan Allen and William H Macy and will join Brie Larson in ROOM, based on the award-winning novel about a 5-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) who lives in a room with his single mother and knows nothing else. Lenny Abrahamson is directing.
Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Yeoh will join Jason Statham in the sequel MECHANIC: RESURRECTION, a sequel to 2011's remake of the Charles Bronson action thriller about a hitman trying to track down a dangerous killer. Filming started this week in Bangkok.
Garrett Hedlund and Michael Pena have landed the lead roles in WAR ON EVERYONE, John Michael McDonagh's thriller about two corrupt New Mexico cops whose lucrative sideline in blackmailing criminals gets them into trouble with a big-time gangster.
And the Rocky spin-off CREED looks likely to start filming in January, starring Michael B Jordan as the grandson of Apollo Creed, the boxing nemesis who was killed in Rocky IV. The film reunites Jordan with Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler. And Sylvester Stallone is reprising his iconic role, but as coach this time. Yes, this is essentially Rocky VII.
Al Pacino will reunite with Scarface director Brian De Palma for RETRIBUTION, a remake of the 2003 Belgian thriller The Memory of a Killer, about a veteran hitman with early onset Alzheimer's who teams up with a cop to stop a child pornography ring.
Toni Collette and John Malkovich will join Noomi Rapace, Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom in the thriller UNLOCKED, about a CIA interrogator who accidentally reveals key information that allows terrorists to plan a biological attack on London. Michael Apted is directing.
Naomi Watts will star in SHUT IN, a drama about a woman trying to raise her catatonic son on her own when she learns something shocking about him. Farren Blackburn is directing from the Blacklist screenplay by Christina Hodson.
Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Stephen Amell and Elijah Kelly are teaming up for WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY, about three women who decide to pay their adult children a surprise visit in New York to find out what they're up to.
Chris Cooper is playing iconic author JD Salinger in COMING THROUGH THE RYE, a coming-of-age drama about two teens who set off to find the reclusive author in 1969. Writer James Steven Sadwith is making his directing debut.
Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Rhys, Kate Walsh and Freddie Fox are lined up to star in EVERYTHING CARRIES ME TO YOU, a romantic drama about a young dancer whose life is upended when she finds a note that suggests that her boyfriend is cheating on her.
Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane will star in STANDOFF, a thriller about a war veteran who offers shelter at his farmhouse to an orphan who is running from a sadistic assassin. Adam Alleca is directing.
Noah Wyle will star in SHOT, a drama about an innocent bystander who is accidentally shot by a teen, then struggles to cope with how the event effects his relationship with his girlfriend. Jeremy Kagan is directing.
Frank Grillo will star in BEYOND SKYLINE, a sequel to the 2010 alien invasion thriller Skyline. In this one, a detective will be trying to rescue his son from an alien warship. Writer Liam O'Donnell is making his directing debut, and starts filming next month.
And Ian McKellen, Sylvester Stallone, Danny DeVito, Harvey Fierstein, Patrick Warburton, Gilbert Gottfried and, erm, Raven-Symone will voice characters in ANIMAL CRACKERS, an animated comedy about a family that inherits a run-down circus and a magical box of the classic cookies.
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