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Greta Gerwig and Adam Driver will team up to star in Noah Baumbach's new film. There's no word yet on the plot, but casting is underway on four more characters who are siblings. Gerwig and Driver have separately starred in previous Baumbach projects.


Millie Bobby Brown will star in THE ELECTRIC STATE, based on the graphic novel set in a society in which humans and robots live alongside each other. The story follows a teen girl and her robot best friend who set out to find her missing brother. Joe and Anthony Russo are directing.
Meanwhile, Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura, Julia Butters and Bollywood star Dhanush have joined the cast of the Russo brothers' THE GRAY MAN, an international thriller starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans as former CIA operatives hunting each other around the world. Ana De Armas costars.
Letitia Wright, Bonny Cannavale, Pharrell Williams, Bono and Halsey have joined the vocal cast of SING 2, a sequel to the animated musical. Returning voices include Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton. Garth Jennings is writing and directing.
Noomi Rapace will take the title role in a gender-swapped version of William Shakespeare's existential tragedy HAMLET, which is being made by Danish-Iranian filmmaker Ali Abbasi (Border). Icelandic screenwriter Sjon (The Northman) is writing the script.
John Malkovich and Jonathan Rhys Meyers will star in THE SURVIVALIST, set 18 months after civilisation collapses due to a pandemic, and everyone wants to get their hands on a woman with natural immunity. Jon Keeyes is directing.
Stephen Merchant has joined the cast of A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS, the all-star holiday adventure starring Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent, Kristen Wiig, Sally Hawkins, Michel Huisman, Toby Jones and newcomer Henry Lawfull. It's an origin story about Santa, written and directed by Gil Kenan.
Ben Stiller will direct the crime drama THE SEVEN FIVE, based on the documentary about a group of corrupt cops in a New York precinct in the 1980s whose arrest exposed widespread corruption in the force. The script is by Tony McNamara.
Neal McDonough and Christiane Seidel will star in BOON, a Western-style sequel to Red Stone, which takes place in the distant future as a henchman and a preacher team up to protect their lives. McDonough is also producing and writing the script with returning director Derek Presley.
And Seth MacFarlane is rebooting the REVENGE OF THE NERDS franchise with a new film starring Keith and Kenny Lucas (22 Jump Street), who are also writing the script with Alex Rubens (Key and Peele). The new film will centre on geek culture in the 21st century.

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Frances McDormand will team with writer-director Sarah Polley for WOMEN TALKING, based on the true story of a group of women in an isolated religious colony who begin to realise that their abusive treatment by the male leaders is at odds with their faith.


Adrien Brody is joining the ensemble cast of the untitled murder mystery set in 1950s London as a Hollywood filmmaker tries to adapt a West End hit for the big screen. Already on board are Saoirse Ronan, Sam Rockwell and David Oyelowo. Tom George is directing from a script by Mark Chappell.
Richard E Grant, Dan Stevens, Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Paige Henderson will voice characters in EARWIG AND THE WITCH, the first digitally animated film from Studio Gibli. It's based on the novel about an orphan searching for his powerful mother in a world of spells and potions.
Kate Bosworth, Emile Hirsch, Ashley Greene and M Emmet Walsh will star in THE IMMACULATE ROOM, a thriller about a couple taking part in a psychological experiment to see if they can live in a completely white room for 50 days. Mukunda Michael Dewil is writing and directing.
Haley Lu Richardson and Owen Teague are starring in MONTANA STORY, as siblings who return to their family ranch and confront a dark past. Costars include Kimberly Guerrero and Gilbert Owuor. Writer-directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel have just finished shooting the film on location.
Simu Liu (Shang-Chi) is joining Mark Wahlberg in ARTHUR THE KING, an adventure movie based on the true story of a stray dog who joined a 400-mile race through the Ecuadorian rainforest. Simon Cellan Jones has taken over as director due to schedule issues with Baltasar Kormakur.
Sofia Wylie and Sophia Anne Caruso will star in THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, about two best friends who believe they've been sent to the wrong section in the school where fairytale characters study to become a hero or villain. Paul Feig is directing.
David Gordon Green is planning to reboot THE EXORCIST. It's expected that the approach will be similar to the way he relaunched Halloween two years ago, by ignoring the various sequels and prequels to William Friedkin's 1970 original, including a two-season TV series.
Actor-writer Anna Chazelle will direct a film based on Elmore Leonard's final novel, THE TRESPASSERS, about a woman who gets increasingly annoyed about her husband's passive reaction when poachers invade their property. Tony Blake is adapting the script.
And Creed frontman Scott Stapp will play Frank Sinatra in REAGAN, the biopic starring Dennis Quaid as the US President. Costars include Penelope Ann Miller, Mena Suvari, Kevin Dillon, Lesley-Anne Down and John Voight. Sean McNamara is directing from a script by Howard Klausner.

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Ben Affleck will star in a biopic about the iconic magician HOUDINI, based on the 2006 book The Secret Life of Houdini, which uses recently declassified archives to piece together the escapologist's work as a secret agent for both Britain and the US. Dan Trachtenberg is directing.


Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Catriona Balfe, Ciaran Hinds and newcomer Jude Hill will star in BELFAST, an autobiographical film by Kenneth Branagh. It recounts stories from his childhood during the 1960s in Northern Ireland.
Florence Pugh will produce and star in THE MAID, an old-fashioned whodunit about a hotel worker who spends her days cleaning up the messes of wealthy guests. Then when one is murdered, she sets out to find the killer.
Chris Pine is up for a lead role in the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS movie, about an intrepid warrior and his team of mythical creatures who head out to find a legendary treasure. Game Night duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are writing and directing.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is joining the cast of Michael Bay's remake of the Dutch thriller AMBULANCE. Jake Gyllenhaal and Eiza Gonzalez costar in the film, which follows two brothers on the run from cops when they hijack an ambulance containing a paramedic and a critical patient.
Ana De Armas is joining Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans in THE GRAY MAN, an action thriller based on the novel about a rogue CIA operative who his hunted across the globe by a former colleague. Joe and Anthony Russo are directing.
Brian Tyree Henry, Miranda Richardson, Noah Jupe, Dawn French, Mandy Patinkin, Benedict Wong, Aasif Mandvi and Pixie Davies will lead the voice cast of THE MAGICIAN'S ELEPHANT, based on the award-winning fantasy novel about a teen searching for his lost sister.
Naomi Ackie will play Whitney Houston in the biopic I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY, which is being made with the backing of Houston's estate and producer Clive Davis. Stella Meghie is directing from a script by Anthony McCarten.
Rachael Leigh Cook has joined the cast of HE'S ALL THAT, a gender-flipped remake of her 1999 hit She's All That, a high school spin on Pygmalion. The new version stars Addison Rae, Tanner Buchanan, Madison Pettis and Peyton Meyer. Mark Waters is directing.
And Patty Jenkins will direct ROGUE SQUADRON, the next big-screen Star Wars movie, which will be released in December 2023. Apparently it centres on fighter pilots from the original films. The only other Star Wars film in the works is Taika Waititi's top secret project, but there's an animated movie and a range of TV series in the works.

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Meryl Streep will play the US president in DON'T LOOK UP, Adam McKay's ensemble comedy about low-level astronomers trying to warn the world about an approaching asteroid. The cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothee Chalamet, Tyler Perry, Jonah Hill, Scott Mescudi, Matthew Perry, Himesh Patel and Ariana Grande.


Meanwhile, Mescudi will produce and star in REAL LIFE, based on the coming-of-age novel set on a Midwestern university campus, as a queer Black scientist navigates a predominantly White community while working on his PhD. Author Brandon Taylor is writing the script.
Daisy Ridley will star in YOUNG WOMAN AND THE SEA, a biopic about Olympic gold medallist Trudy Ederle, the first woman to swim across the English Channel in 1926, when only five men had managed it before. Joaquim Ronning is directing from a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson.
Andy Samberg, Seth Rogen and John Mulaney will team up for CHIP 'N DALE: RESCUE RANGERS, a live-action/animated movie about the mischievous chipmunk private eyes. The film reteams Samberg with director Akiva Schaffer.
Ashton Sanders will produce and star in A MORE UNBENDING BATTLE, based on the true story of an African-American regiment fighting in the Great War, amid horrible discrimination at home and abroad. The longest-serving American unit in WWI, they were awarded the top military distinction by France's government.
Abbie Cornish, Harvey Keitel, Peter Facinelli, Tom Arnold and Danny Abeckaser will star in UNTO THE SON, based on the real-life experiences of director Corey Asraf. The story follows a young man and his family as they try to solve the disappearance of his gangster father.
Stephen Fry and Geraldine James will join Richard Armitage in NOW AND THEN, based on the novel about a man who returns to his childhood home to confront a range of memories from his time in school. Tom Vaughn is directing from a script by Matt Western.
Quintessa Swindell (Trinkets) will play Cyclone opposite Dwayne Johnson in BLACK ADAM, the DC Comics spin-off about the Justice Society of America, a precursor to the Justice League. Costars include Noah Centeno and Aldis Hodge. Jaume Collet-Serra is directing.
Neill Blomkamp wrote and directed a supernatural horror movie in secret during lockdown. Shot in British Columbia with local actors, the film is currently in post-production. Plot details are under wraps on the film, which is Blomkamp's first project in five years.
And Marvel has announced its forthcoming slate, including a new FANTASTIC FOUR movie by John Watts. Jonathan Majors and Kathryn Newton will join the returning cast for Peyton Reed's ANTMAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA. And Teyonah Parris and Iman Vellani are joining Brie Larson for Nia DaCosta's CAPTAIN MARVEL sequel.

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Film Threat. The Guardian. indieWire. Screen International. Sight and Sound. Variety.

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