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Ben Affleck and director Gavin O'Connor are reteaming for a sequel to THE ACCOUNTANT, last year's uneven thriller about an autistic hitman. There's no word yet on other cast members like Jon Bernthal, Anna Kendrick or JK Simmons.
Carrie Coon has joined the cast of WIDOWS, Steve McQueen's thriller about women who take over an unfinished heist that was planned by their late husbands. The ensemble cast includes Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell and Daniel Kaluuya.
Jason Clarke is lined up to join FIRST MAN, Damien Chazelle's film about the Apollo 11 moon landing. Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong, and Kyle Chandler and Corey Stoll are also in the cast. The script is by Josh Singer.
Neve Campbell will join Dwayne Johnson in SKYSCRAPER, an action thriller about an FBI hostage rescue agent who is on assignment in China when he is framed for a fiery attack on the world's tallest building and must clear his name and rescue his family, who are of course iniside. Rawson Marshall Thurber is directing.
Rafe Spall is joining the cast of the comedy I FEEL PRETTY, alongside Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams and Emily Ratajkowski. It's about an insecure woman who, after a head injury, wakes up believing that she's the most beautiful and intelligent woman in the world.
Gillian Jacobs, Phoebe Robinson and Vanessa Bayer will star in the comedy IBIZA, about a woman whose important business trip to Spain turns into an adventure through the Balearic island's nightclubs as she falls for a DJ. Alex Richanbach is directing.
Shaquille O'Neal, Kyrie Irving and Lil Rel Howery will star in UNCLE DREW, a comedy based on Irving's series of Pepsi adverts about a squad of geriatric basketball players who get together to play at the Rucker's tournament. Charles Stone (Drumline) is directing.
Tika Sumpter, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ben Tavassoli will star in THE PAGES, a thriller about a top US security officer whose life is threatened by people from her dodgy past. Joe Chapelle is directing. John Patrick Amedori, Ray Wise, Jamie Clayton and Madeline Zima will star in THE CHAIN, a drama about a man who moves back to his hometown to look after his sick father, then discovers that he has the same neurological disease. David Martin-Porras is directing.
And Jack Black is teaming up with director Eli Roth for the gothic horror movie THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS, based on the children's book about an orphan who moves in with his uncle, who turns out to be a rather inept witch.
Jennifer Lopez will return to the romantic-comedy genre for SECOND ACT, about a shop clerk who gets the chance to prove that her street smarts are good enough to make it as an advertising executive. Peter Segal is directing.
Mahershala Ali and Brian Tyree Henry have joined Liev Schreiber and Shameik Moore in the voice cast of the animated SPIDER-MAN movie currently in production. Bob Persichetti (The Little Prince) and Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians) are directing from a script by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
And since they've been suddenly sacked from the Han Solo movie and replaced by Ron Howard, Lord and Miller are now apparently in talks to return to the project they were working on previously, DC's stand-alone THE FLASH starring Ezra Miller, Billy Crudup and Kiersey Clemons.
Jake Gyllenhaal will reunite with his Nightcrawler costar Rene Russo and writer-director Dan Gilroy for a drama that is said to be set in the art world. The plot is being kept under wraps, as is the title.
Meanwhile, Carmen Ejogo is joining the cast of ROMAN ISREAL, ESQ, another film written and directed by Gilroy. This one stars Denzel Washington as a lawyer who joins a top Los Angeles firm and takes on a case that will change his life.
Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer and Steven Yeun are lined up to star in SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, a drama about a telemarketer who works out a way to climb the corporate ladder, then he discovers the executives' dark secret. Boots Riley is directing.
Ben Kingsley is joining Oscar Isaac in OPERATION FINALE, the true story if the Mossad agent who hunted down the notorious Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in the 1960s. Chris Weitz is directing from a screenplay by Matthew Orton.
Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner will ream up to play veteran cops in the Depression-era thriller HIGHWAYMAN, about two former Texas Rangers who are hired to hunt down outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. John Lee Hancock is directing.
Riley Keough will star opposite Al Pacino in Barry Levinson's film about the Penn State sexual abuse case. The film centres on the rise and fall of iconic football coach Joe Paterno, whose legacy was tarnished by the scandal.
And it's official, a DOWNTON ABBEY movie is in the works. Julian Fellowes is writing the script, and plans are to assemble the cast for filming next year. The ensemble includes Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton and Joanne Froggatt, to name a few.
Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively may team up for A SIMPLE FAVOR, a mystery thriller based on the novel about a small-town blogger whose best friend goes missing. Paul Feig is writing and directing, with filming set to start later this summer in Toronto.
Diane Kruger is joining Steve Carell in the cast of MARWENCOL, Robert Zemeckis' dramatised adaptation of the documentary about a man who built a miniature WWII-era village as therapy after a violent assault. Leslie Mann, Janelle Monae and Falk Hentschel costar.
Wyatt Russell and Jovan Adepo will star in the WWII thriller OVERLORD, about two paratroopers who are dropped into a Nazi-occupied village. Then they discover that their mission has a supernatural complication. Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) is directing.
Cuba Gooding Jr is directing and starring in LOUISIANA CAVIAR, about three very different people who do something terrible in a moment of desperation, changing their lives in the process. Costars include Richard Dreyfuss and Famke Janssen. Filming is underway in New Orleans.
Lucy Liu is joining the cast of SET IT UP, the comedy about two overworked, underpaid assistants (Zoey Deutch and Glenn Powell) who plot to matchmake their bosses to get them off their backs. Taye Diggs costars in the film, which is being directed by Charlie Scanlon.
Kyle Chandler and Corey Stoll will join Ryan Gosling in FIRST MAN, a drama tracing the eight years leading up to the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. Damien Chazelle is directing from a script by Josh Singer (Spotlight).
Angourie Rice will star in EVERY DAY, based on the novel about a shy teen girl who falls in love with an entity that inhabits the body of a different teenager every day. Michael Suscy (Grey Gardens) is directing from a script by Jesse Andrews (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl).
Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good and Joseph Sikora will star in the psychological thriller MOTIVATED SELLER, about a couple that moves into their dream house in the country, but are menaced by the house's former owner. Deon Taylor (Meet the Blacks) is directing.
Amara Karan (The Night Of) is joining the cast of Xavier Dolan's first English-language film, THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN F DONOVAN, a drama starring Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain, Thandie Newton, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Jacob Tremblay, Michael Gambon and Bella Thorne.
And Vin Diesel will be back for a fourth XXX film. There's no word on the plot of course, but Joe Roth is back as a producer, and financing is coming from the Chinese production group that's also making Timur Bekmambetov's THREE SISTERS with Ruby Rose and the Aaron Paul action-drama THE PARTS YOU LOSE.
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