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Joaquin Phoenix is up for the role of Jesus in MARY MAGDALENE, a biopic starring Rooney Mara as the iconic disciple. Garth Davis is directing from a script by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett. Phoenix is also joining John C Reilly in Jacques Audiard's Gold Rush drama THE SISTERS BROTHERS.
Jason Clarke is lined up to play Senator Ted Kennedy in CHAPPAQUIDDICK, a drama about the notorious fatal car crash in 1969, after which Kennedy, who was driving, panicked and fled the scene. John Curran is directing.
Vince Vaughn will star in the action thriller BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99, about a former boxer who turns to drug dealing in desperation and winds up in a particularly violent prison. S Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk) is writing and directing.
Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Kieran Culkin, Martin Starr and Kevin Corrigan will star in INFINITY BABY, a fantasy comedy about a company that tries to find homes for infants that will never grow up. Director Bob Byington starts filming this weekend in Austin.
Jemaine Clement, Elliott Gould, Annie Potts and Bebe Neuwirth will star in HUMOR ME, a comedy about a struggling playwright who moves in with his father in a New Jersey golf club. Sam Hoffman is writing and directing.
Emily Bett Rickards (Arrow), Darby Stanchfield (Scandal) and Meaghan Rath (Being Human) will star in SLUMBER, a psychological sci-fi thriller about a woman who wakes up from a coma and tries to piece together her life and find her missing daughter.
Fran Kranz has joined the cast of THE DARK TOWER, based on the Stephen King novel series about a gunslinger (Idris Elba) in an apocalyptic landscape. Matthew McConaughey, Abbey Lee, Tom Taylor and Tirana costar in the film, which is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel.
Shane West and Leslie Bibb will star in Z, a thriller about a working-class couple that discovers a clue that may allow them to find a serial killer and claim the reward for his capture. Jonathan Wright is directing.
James Badge Dale is joining Josh Brolin and Miles Teller for an action thriller based on the true story of a team of firefighters who took on a deadly wildfire that threatened an Arizona town. Joseph Kosinski is directing.
And dames Joan Collins and Edna Everage (aka Barry Humphries) will both appear in this summer's ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE, alongside series stars Jennifer Sauders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield and Kathy Burke. Guest stars include Kate Moss, Lily Cole and Chris Colfer.
Daisy Ridley will star in KOLMA, a long-gestating fantasy thriller produced by JJ Abrams. It's about a woman who on her deathbed is given the chance to return to a pivotal moment in her life before her boyfriend died in a car crash, and live her life differently. Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) is directing.
Robert Downey Jr will play Iron Man in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, the first solo movie starring Tom Holland as the superhero. Tony Revolori and soap star Laura Harrier have also joined the cast, which includes Marisa Tomei and Zendaya.
Emma Stone, Kate McKinnon and Jillian Bell will star in WOMEN IN BUSINESS, a comedy about two competitive women whose business is derailed by an intern they hired from Craigslist. Jake Szymanski (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) is directing.
Even before their upcoming Central Intelligence opens, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are talking about reuniting for a remake of JUMANJI, the 1995 adventure about a boy who is trapped in a board game for 26 years. Jake Kasdan is directing.
Meanwhile, Pamela Anderson has joined Johnson for the new BAYWATCH movie. David Hasselhoff is also making an appearance in the film, which also stars Zac Efron, Kelly Rohrbach, Priyanka Chopra, Charlotte McKinney, Alexandra Daddario, Hannibal Buress and Ilfenash Hadera.
Jason Statham will star in MEG, an action romp that's been in the works for nearly 20 years. It's about the discovery of a 70-foot-long prehistoric shark. Jon Turteltaub is directing and cowriting.
Elle Fanning, Logan Lerman, Michelle Monaghan, Kyle Chandler and Nathan Lane will star in SIDNEY HALL, about a young author who writes an iconic novel and then vanishes without a trace. Director Shawn Christensen starts filming next week in New York.
Nina Dobrev is up for a role in FLATLINERS, a remake of the 1990 thriller about medical students trying to document post-death experiences. Niels Arden Oplev is directing the remake, which also stars Ellen Page and Diego Luna.
Jerrod Carmichael is joining the cast of TRANSFORMERS 5, which will reunite Mark Wahlberg with director Michael Bay. The female lead this time is Isabela Moner. Filming starts this summer in Detroit.
And plans are afoot to make a movie adaptation of the classic 1970s TV sitcom THREE'S COMPANY (a remake of the British series Man About the House), about two women who pretend that their male flatmate is gay to placate their narrow-minded landlord. Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (The Vow) are writing the script, which will retain the 1970s setting.
Gary Oldman is lined up to play Winston Churchill in DARKEST HOUR, an epic drama set in 1940 as Churchill becomes Britain's prime minister and vows to stand up against the Nazi attack. Joe Wright is directing from a script by Anthony McCarten.
Michelle Williams will join Julianne Moore in WONDERSTRUCK, based on the novel that traces two separate stories about children embarking on quests that will define their identities. Todd Haynes is directing.
Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers will star in the psychological thriller BLACK BUTTERFLY, a remake of the French film about a screenwriter who picks up a hitchhiker who takes him hostage and forces him to write. Director Brian Goodman starts filming next month in Italy.
Michelle Pfeiffer and Domhnall Gleeson are joining Darren Aronofsky's next film, which is about a couple whose relationship is tested by the arrival of some uninvited guests. Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem and Ed Harris are also on board.
Alan Cumming is joining Steve Carell and Emma Stone in BATTLE OF THE SEXES, the story of the 1973 tennis showdown between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are directing the film, which also stars Andrea Riseborough, Elizabeth Shue, Austin Stowell and Sarah Silverman.
Courtney B Vance is joining the cast of THE MUMMY, the monster movie remake starring Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella and Jake Johnson. Alex Kurtzman is directing.
Trey Parker will voice the villain in DESPICABLE ME 3, who's described as a 1980s teen pop star turned bad. Steve Carell will be back as Gru, as well as his hirsute doppleganger Dru.
Boyd Holbrook will play the villain in WOLVERINE 3, described as a scheming security boss at a global corporation. The film once again stars Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart. Director James Mangold starts filming next month.
Hugh Dancy has joined the cast of FIFTY SHADES DARKER, the first sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, which is currently in production. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are back, plus Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora and Tyler Hoechlin.
And Doug Jones has landed the title role in NOSFERATU, David Lee Fisher's remake of the iconic 1922 Murnau classic, an early, unauthorised film adaptation of Dracula. Joely Fisher, Emrhys Cooper, Sarah Carter and Jake Turner costar.
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