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Lady Gaga is set to star in Ridley Scott's THE HOUSE OF GUCCI, playing Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci. She was convicted of planning her ex-husband in 1995 and served 18 years in prison. The script is by Roberto Bentivegna.
Dwayne Johnson will star in SMASHING MACHINE, a biopic about two-time mixed martial arts champion Mark Kerr. The film will explore both his triumphs and his personal demons. Johnson is also producing.
Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley and Tahar Rahim will join Benedict Cumberbatch in PRISONER 760, based on the true story of a man locked up in Guantanamo Bay without trial, and the lawyer who uncovered a far-reaching conspiracy. Kevin Macdonald is directing.
Jeffrey Wright will play Commissioner Gordon opposite Robert Pattinson as THE BATMAN, plus Zazie Beetz as Catwoman and Paul Dano as Riddler. Apparently, Penguin will also appear in the film, which is being directed by Matt Reeves.
Andrew Garfield will star in the musical TICK TICK ... BOOM! Lin-Manuel Miranda is directing the film, which is based on Jonathan Larson's stage musical about an aspiring composer waiting tables while hoping his next projects makes it to Broadway.
Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Sam Claflin and Veronica Ferres will star in EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, about a psychiatrist whose life is upended when he invites the brother of a late patient into his family home. Christine Jeffs is directing.
Lily Collins, Christoph Waltz and Bill Skarsgard will star in GILDED RAGE, a dramatic thriller based on the real-life murder of a Wall Street fund manager by his son. Charlie McDowell is directing; Jake Gyllenhaal is producing.
Gerard Butler will star in the real-time action thriller THE PLANE, about a pilot who lands in a war zone and must battle militias that want to take the passengers hostage. Charles Cumming and JP Davis wrote the script based on Cumming's novel.
Jay Ellis and Glen Powell will star in an action-comedy about two Secret Service agents who are assigned to protect the president's black-sheep son, who of course is kidnapped when he leaves the country. Michael Diliberti is writing the script.
And Graham King (Rocketman, Bohemian Rhapsody) is producing a biopic about the Bee Gees, tracing brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin from the formation of their band in 1958 Australia through to their superstardom in the late-70s. King has the rights to use their songs.
Rachel Weisz will play Elizabeth Taylor in A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP, which chronicles the screen icon's shift from movie star to activist as a result of her friendship with her gay assistant Roger Wall. Bert & Bertie are directing from a script by Simon Beaufoy.
Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent will star in the heist comedy THE DUKE, based on the true story of a taxi driver who stole a Goya painting from the National Gallery in 1961. Roger Michell is directing.
Oscar Isaac will star in the revenge drama THE CARD COUNTER, about a gambler who teams up with an angry younger man to win the World Series of Poker, but this cohort is distracted by getting even with a mutual enemy. Paul Schrader is writing and directing.
Nicolas Cage will star in WALLY'S WONDERLAND, about a janitor who gets stuck overnight in an amusement park where the animatronic characters come to life and attack him. Kevin Lewis is directing.
Donald Sutherland, Tyler Posey, Summer Spiro and Robert Ri'chard will star in ALONE, a romantic thriller about a guy who barricades himself in his flat as the outside world descends into chaos. Then he spots a girl across the courtyard and tries to work out how to save her.
Joanna Lumley and Danielle Macdonald will lead the cast of FALLING FOR FIGARO, a romantic comedy about a fund manager who ditches her job to become an opera singer. Ben Lewin (The Sessions) is directing, and also cowriting with Allen Palmer.
Cardi B has joined the cast of FAST AND FURIOUS 9, which has just wrapped filming in Britain. Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges and Jordana Brewster are all back for more. Justin Lin is directing.
Algee Smith is joining Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield in a biopic about Black Panther activist Fred Hampton, who was killed at 21 in a messy FBI raid. Costars include Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback and Ashton Sanders. Shaka King is directing.
Bill Condon will write and direct MARLEY, a musical based on Dickens' A Christmas Carol with songs by Stephen Schwartz. The film will approach the story through the eyes of Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner, the ghost who takes him on a tour of Christmases past, present and future.
And Craig Mazin is developing a reboot of the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise, moving things in a new direction without Johnny Depp. In addition to creating Chernobyl, Mazin wrote the three Hangover scripts.
Michael Keaton and William Hurt are joining THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7, about protestors charged with federal crimes in 1969. The cast includes Sacha Baron Coen, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong and Frank Langella. Aaron Sorkin is writing and directing.
Danielle Macdonald is joining the cast of FRENCH EXIT, the comedy about a penniless Manhattan socialite (Michelle Pfeiffer) who failed to die before her money ran out, so she decides to live out her days anonymously in Paris. Costars include Lucas Hedges and Tracy Letts.
Meanwhile, Letts and Rachel Blanchard are joining the cast of Adrian Lyne's thriller DEEP WATER, based on a Patricia Highsmith novel about a couple (Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas) who invite a third person into their marriage and end up in serious danger.
Michelle Monaghan has joined the cast of THE CRAFT, a remake of the 1996 film about a newcomer at a Catholic girls' school who falls in with three outcasts who practice witchcraft. Costars include David Duchovny, Cailee Spaeny, Zoey Luna, Nicholas Galitzine, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone and Julian Grey.
Taylor Kitsch will star in INFERNO, Neil Blomkamp's next sci-fi thriller. It's about a cop investigating a murder in New Mexico when an FBI agent informs him that something extraterrestrial may be involved. And it seems determined to prevent any witnesses from surviving.
Suki Waterhouse will star in SEANCE, a horror film set in a girls boarding school haunted by a vengeful spirit. Simon Barrett is writing and making his directing debut with the film, which starts shooting in Canada next month.
Holt McCallany has joined the cast of CASH TRUCK, Guy Ritchie's heist thriller based on the 2004 French action movie Le Convoyeur. Jason Statham is starring in the film, which starts shooting next month in Los Angeles.
Olivia DeJonge will play Priscilla Presley in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic, which covers the singer (Austin Butler) as he rises from poverty to a global icon with the help of a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).
Te Kohe Tuhaka (The Dead Lands) is joining Simu Liu and Tony Leung in SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, the Marvel action adventure set around a fight tournament with multiple villains. Director Destin Daniel Cretton will shoot the film in Sydney.
And Jill Soloway will direct RIDE, a biopic about Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. The film will trace her life, leading up to her mission on the Challenger shuttle in 1983. Cassie Pappas is writing the script.
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