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Robin Williams and Chris Columbus will both be back for a sequel to MRS DOUBTFIRE, more than 20 years after the 1993 cross-dressing comedy. The script is by David Berenbaum (Elf), but there's no word yet on the storyline or whether Sally Field will be back as well.
Michael B Jordan will star in the thriller MEN WHO KILL, about CIA operatives. Nothing else is known about the script, which is being written by TJ Fixman.
Michael Sheen, Tom Jones and Sian Phillips have joined the cast of UNDER MILK WOOD, which tells the story of the residents of a fictional Welsh village. Costars include Ioan Gruffudd, Matthew Rhys, Jonathan Pryce and John Rhys Davies.
Olivia Wilde, Garrett Hedlund and Cillian Murphy are all set to return for a new TRON movie, which picks up where Tron Legacy left off, with Wilde's virtual character Quorra in the real world. Joseph Kosinski is back as director.
Barry Pepper has joined the ensemble cast of MONSTER TRUCKS, Chris Wedge's live action-animation hybrid action movie costarring Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, Danny Glover, Thomas Lennon and Jane Levy.
Isaiah Washington, C Thomas Howell and Michael Ironside will star in THE SIN SEER, a thriller about a woman (Lisa Arrindell Anderson) who solves mysteries by reading people's souls to see if they're lying. Then she runs into a case that is linked to her own past. Filming starts next week in North Carolina.
Jackie Chan will star in the 3D action epic DRAGON BLADE, based on historical records of Roman soldiers who invaded western China during the Han Dynasty. A top Hollywood star is being sought to play the Roman general. Pre-production is underway in China.
David Koechner will star in the horror comedy SCOUTS VS ZOMBIES, which has a plot that's rather clearly described by the title. Set during a camping trip, it involves a troop of scouts trying to protect a small town from a zombie horde. Director Christopher Landon starts filming next month.
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Penn Badgley and Richard Kind will star in THE PAPER STORE, a revenge thriller about a young woman who writes university essays for hire and falls in love with a client. Director Nicholas Gray starts shooting in New York next month.
And director Jon Turteltaub and writer Jared Stern (The Lego Movie 2) have come on board to make a film based on the Disneyland ride IT'S A SMALL WORLD, which takes visitors on a global tour of smiling children accompanied by that insanely catchy song. There's no word on the plot, but the plan is apparently to launch a franchise.
After years voicing Iron Man's computer butler Jarvis, Paul Bettany finally gets to step in front of the Marvel cameras for the sequel AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. He's playing a superhero called the Vision, but isn't allowed to talk about what the character can do.
Helen Mirren will play Bryan Cranston's wife in TRUMBO, the biopic of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted after he refused to testify in the 1947 McCarthy hearings about the communist influence in Hollywood.
Leonardo DiCaprio will star in THE REVENANT, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's period thriller based on the Michael Punke novel about a man who is mauled by a bear and robbed by friends before taking a 350-mile trek through the wilderness in search of revenge.
Brad Pitt will star in and produce THE OPERATORS, based on the bestseller tracing the rise and fall of US General Stanley McChrystal, who commanded military operations in Afghanistan until he was forced to leave in disgrace over a series of scandals. David Michod (Animal Kingdom) is writing and directing.
Jane Fonda is joining the growing ensemble cast of FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS, the story of a young woman (Amanda Seyfried) remembering her experiences 20 years earlier, growing up with a struggling novelist dad (Russell Crowe). Costars include Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Diane Kruger and Quevenzhane Wallis.
Will Ferrell, John C Reilly and director Adam McKay are teaming up for a third comedy together: BORDER GUARDS is about two friends who haplessly decide to protect America from illegal immigrants, then have to sneak back into the USA when they are caught in Mexico without identification.
Taylor Lautner is lined up to star in RUN THE TIDE, about a young man who kidnaps his little brother when their abusive mother is released from prison. They're then chased across the country to the California coast. Soham Mehta is directing.
Thomas Haden Church, Jay Hernandez and Josh Wiggins will star in MAX, based on the true story of a military dog whose handler dies in Afghanistan, after which he is adopted by the soldier's family. Director Boaz Yakin starts filming next month in North Carolina.
Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber will team up for THE GOOD LORD BIRD, about a young escaped slave who teams up with an abolitionist to travel across America in the weeks leading up to the outbreak of the Civil War. James McBride is directing.
And rumour has it that Samuel L Jackson will reprise his role as Zeus Carver for DIE HARDEST, the sixth and supposedly final film in the Bruce Willis franchise, which was originally set in Tokyo, but no one is saying anything. Jackson costarred in Die Hard With a Vengeance.
Jeremy Irvine will star in STONEWALL, a drama about the 1969 riots that launched the gay rights movement in New York City. Roland Emmerich is directing from a script by Jon Robin Baitz (Brothers & Sisters).
Johnny Depp has joined the cast of TUSK, Kevin Smith's monster movie, based loosely on the true story of a journalist (Justin Long) looking into the life of an adventurer (Michael Parks) who has an obsession with walruses. Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez costar.
Terrence Howard is joining Vince Vaughn in the thriller TERM LIFE, based on the graphic novel about a man who goes on the run from the mob in order to let his daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) cash in his life insurance policy. Peter Billingsley is directing.
Chloe Grace Moretz is up for a role in THE 5TH WAVE, about a young woman who survives four fierce alien attacks on earth before meeting a young man who might offer hope to fend off the next one. J Blakeson is writing and directing.
Gerard Butler will star in GEOSTORM, a disaster thriller about a satellite malfunction that creates a global storm, so a scientist has to team up with his estranged brother to head to space to fix the mess. Meanwhile, someone's trying to kill the US president. Dean Devlin is directing.
Michelle Monaghan is joining the cast of PIXELS, the Adam Sandler comedy about a group of guys who have to defend New York when it is attacked by 1980s videogame villains. Kevin James, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad costar.
Mark Rylance is joining the cast of THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, the Alice in Wonderland sequel reuniting Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Rylance would play the Mad Hatter's father in the film, which is being directed by James Bobin (Muppets Most Wanted).
Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Thomas Middleditch, Nina Dobrev, Taissa Farmiga and Adam Devine will star in the horror comedy THE FINAL GIRLS, about a group of friends who are mysteriously transported into a 1980s movie that starred one of the teens' mothers, an iconic period scream-queen.
Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, Danny Glover, Thomas Lennon, Jane Levy and Holt McCallany will star in MONSTER TRUCKS, a comedy that starts filming next week. The plot is, for some reason, being kept under wraps.
And Baz Luhrmann is the unlikely director on board KUNG FU, a film adaptation of the classic 1970s TV series about drifter who as a young boy was adopted by a martial arts mentor. Apparently the film script, which was written by Rich Wilkes (XXX), is set in China and involves the man's search for his father.
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