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Tiffany Haddish has joined the cast of Tyler Perry's next film THE LIST, alongside Tika Sumpter and Omari Hardwick. It's about a woman whose life is unsettled by the arrival of her wild ex-con sister and the possibility that she is being catfished by boyfriend she has only ever spoken with online.
Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong'o will play mother and daughter in THE WOMAN KING, based on real events from 18th century Africa as the leader of an all-female military unit takes on invasions from both French colonists and neighbouring tribes. The film's story is by Maria Bello.
Andrea Riseborough is set to star in a reboot of THE GRUDGE franchise, which is about a mysterious fatal curse. Japanese filmmaker Takashi Shimizu followed his original film with an American remake, plus sequels to both. This new version is written and directed by Nicolas Pesce.
Sharlto Copley will make his writing and directing debut with SAPIEN SAFARI, a sci-fi comedy about aliens that are trying to decide if earth's dominant species is worth protecting. Copley will also star as a galactic naturalist arguing that humans deserve to live.
Bryan Cranston is joining Angelina Jolie and Sam Rockwell in THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, about a caged gorilla who adopts a baby elephant and plots an escape back into the wild. Brooklynn Prince and Ariana Greenblatt costar in the film, which is being directed by Thea Sharrock.
Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong and Chris Parnell have joined the cast of the GOOSEBUMPS sequel, based on another book in RL Stine's series. There's no word on the plot, or whether Jack Black will be back as well.
Boyd Holbrook will write and star in THE THIRST, an action thriller set in the near future, when water has become a valuable commodity, although presumably that's where comparisons to Mad Max end. John Davis (Game Night) is producing.
Jackson Robert Scott (It) is joining Taylor Schilling in DESCENDANT, a horror film about a mother who becomes convinced that something supernatural is causing her son's misbehaviour. Nicholas McCarthy is directing.
Director Simon Kinberg and writer Peter Craig are the latest filmmakers lined up for a long-gestating remake of the 1976 sci-fi classic LOGAN'S RUN, set in a future society where people must accept mandatory euthanasia at age 30, but one of the enforcing police offers goes on the run.
And Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer and Luca Guadagnino will reunite for a five-years-later sequel to CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. This time, the actors will play the characters closer to their actual ages, in a story that unfolds around the world. Guadagnino is working with novelist Andre Aciman on the script.
Kristin Wiig is up for the role as the villain Cheetah in the next WONDER WOMAN movie. Gal Gadot will be back for the sequel, along with some of the original film's cast. Patty Jenkins is once again directing and has already started pre-production.
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton are reteaming for a sequel to their 1980 comedy 9 TO 5, in which they played secretaries who turn the tables by kidnapping their abusive boss. The new film will centre on a young trio who seek advice on how to get even with their male bosses. Rashida Jones is working on the script.
Chris Hemsworth is lined up to lead a reboot of the MEN IN BLACK franchise, which will shift the focus to new characters within the same universe. F Gary Gray is directing from a script by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum.
Ansel Elgort may star in a musical-fantasy biopic about author Hans Christian Anderson. David Magee (Mary Poppins Returns) is writing the script, while Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) is working on the songs. The idea is to tell Anderson's story using elements from stories like The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling.
Tip "TI" Harris will star in, produce and curate the song score for GLOW UP, a musical drama about an all-girl teen Los Angeles performance group that enters a national competition to save their underfunded high school. Justin Francis is directing from a script by Chuck Hayward.
Bobby Cannavale and Dallas Roberts are joining MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, the 1950s noir thriller written and directed by Edward Norton. Also in the cast are Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, Leslie Mann, Michael K Williams, Cherry Jones, Ethan Suplee and Fisher Stevens.
Yara Shahidi (Black-ish) is up for the lead role in THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, based on the novel about a teen girl who falls in love with a boy right before her family is due to be deported to Jamaica. Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) is writing the script.
James Badge Dale, Brian Geraghty and Chris Mulkey will star in THE INCIDENT AT SPARROW CREEK LUMBER, about an ex-cop who discovers that the militia he joined after leaving the force was responsible for a mass cop shooting. So he interrogates them in a remote lumber mill. Henry Dunham is writing and directing.
Tony Cavalero (School of Rock) will play Ozzy Osborne in THE DIRT, the Motley Crue biopic starring Douglas Booth, Iwan Rheon, Daniel Webber and Machine Gun Kelly. Jeff Tremaine is directing the film, which traces the band's rise to stardom in the 80s.
And Brad Pitt will reteam with Quentin Tarantino for ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, a multi-strand drama set in 1969 Los Angeles. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a has-been Western TV star, with Pitt as his stunt double. The story builds to the murder of actress Sharon Tate by Charles Manson's cult followers.
Sam Rockwell will voice the title character in the animated adventure THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, about a gorilla who can't remember his life before being in a cage in a shopping mall, but begins to think about making an escape. Angelina Jolie and Brooklynn Prince costar; Thea Sharrock is directing.
Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro, Isabela Moner and Iliza Shlesinger have joined the cast of INSTANT FAMILY, a comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as a couple rising to the challenge of raising three out-of-control foster children. Sean Anders is directing.
Queen Latifah will star in HOPE'S WISH, based on the true story of a 12-year-old girl who launches a project to fund the wish-lists of more than 150 children who, like her, have a life-threatening illness. Laurie Collyer is directing from a script by Diana Ossana.
Gina Rodriguez will produce and star in SOMEONE GREAT, a romantic comedy about a young woman who, after a messy break-up, takes a holiday in New York with her friends before moving across the country to a new job. Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Sweet/Vicious) is writing and directing.
Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick and Matt Lucas will star in POLAR, based on the graphic novel about a retired hitman whose former boss has sent an army of younger assassins to kill him. Director Jonas Akerlund just started filming in Toronto.
Gemma Chan has joined the cast of CAPTAIN MARVEL, the 1990s-set superhero adventure about an Air Force pilot (Brie Larson) whose DNA fuses with an alien. Costars include Jude Law, Samuel L Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are directing.
Lena Olin, Bruce Dern, Juliet Rylance and Avan Jogia will star in THE ARTIST'S WIFE, about a woman who shields her famous husband from public view to conceal his dementia and allow him to reconnect with his family. Tom Dolby is directing.
Tim Blake Nelson is the latest addition to ANGEL HAS FALLEN, the second Olympus Has Fallen sequel, this time set on Air Force One. Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman are back from the earlier films, plus Jada Pinkett Smith, Piper Perabo and Holt McCallany.
Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things) will star in WAITING FOR ANYA, a WWII drama that also stars Anjelica Huston, Thomas Kretschmann, Elsa Zylbertsein and Tomas Lemarquis. It's about a young shepherd who smuggles children across the border from France into Spain. Ben Cookson is directing.
And Olivia Wilde will direct BOOKSMART, a comedy starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird) as academic best friends who decide they need to stop studying for a change, so try to cram four years of partying into one night.
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