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Will Smith is being lined up to play Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena, in KING RICHARD. Zach Baylin's script follows the troubled man who had no tennis background and had to fight to give his daughters lessons in inner-city Los Angeles.
Meanwhile due to scheduling issues, Idris Elba will replace Smith as Deadshot in the SUICIDE SQUAD sequel. James Gunn is writing and directing the film, which is expected to again star Margot Robbie. Most of the other characters are rumoured to be new ones.
Rose Byrne will join Steve Carell in IRRESISTIBLE, which follows a political strategist who is helping a retired veteran run for mayor in a polarised small Wisconsin town. Jon Stewart is writing and directing.
Riz Ahmed will produce and star in MUGHAL MOWGLI, a drama about a British-Pakistani rapper who is diagnosed with a serious illness on the eve of his first world tour. Bassam Tariq is directing and cowriting the script with Ahmed.
Rosamund Pike will lead the cast of the thriller I CARE A LOT, about a legal guardian who knows how to benefit from her clients' cases. Then she encounters a client who isn't what they appear to be. J Blakeson is writing and directing.
Cynthia Erivo and Josh Gad are set to star in a musical version of the RIP VAN WINKLE folk tale, based on the Washington Irving story about a villager who falls asleep and completely misses the American Revolutionary War. Amanda Iko is writing the script based on an idea by Gad.
Dev Patel is up for a lead role in GREEN KNIGHT, David Lowery's retelling of the medieval legend about a knight of the Round Table who takes on a deadly mission and must wait a year for revenge. Filming starts next month.
Emma Roberts will star in the romantic comedy HOLIDATE, about two resolutely single young people who make a pact to play each others' significant other for every family gathering over the course of a year. John Whitesell is directing.
Danny DeVito, Vicky Krieps, Peter Sarsgaard and John Leguizamo are joining Ben Foster in Barry Levinson's boxing drama HARRY HAFT. Set just after WWII, it's about a former prison-camp inmate trying to find his lost love by challenging boxing legends to high profile matches.
And Margot Robbie will produce and possibly appear in the period musical black comedy THE BIG GAY JAMBOREE, about a young woman who finds herself living in a 1940s musical. Alethea Jones is directing.
Tyrese Gibson will play Teddy Pendergrass in a biopic that follows his rise to fame in the 1970s, the traffic accident that left him a quadriplegic and his return to performing at the 1985 Live Aid concert. Little Marvin (Them) is writing the script.
Elisabeth Moss is being lined up to star in THE INVISIBLE MAN, Leigh Whannell's new take on the horror movie icon. She would play the title character, replacing Johnny Depp, who was set to star in an interconnected Dark Universe version of the story. This will now be a stand-alone.
Gina Rodriguez, Will Forte, Tracy Morgan and Frank Welker are voicing characters in a new SCOOBY-DOO animated movie. In this one, the gang has to team up with other heroes from the Hanna-Barbera universe to save the world from Dick Dastardly's evil plan. Tony Cervone is directing.
Michelle Rodriguez, Greg Kinnear and Lily-Rose Depp have joined the cast of DREAMLAND, a three-strand drama exploring the opioid epidemic. The film also stars Armie Hammer, Gary Oldman and Evangeline Lilly. Writer-director Nicholas Jarecki has started filming in Montreal.
Teyonah Parris will join Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in CANDYMAN, the reboot/sequel of the 1990s horror movie. This one centres on an artist who becomes obsessed with the urban legend about the supernatural killer. Nia DaCosta is directing.
Carrie Coon and Finn Wolfhard are lined up to star in Jason Reitman's new GHOSTBUSTERS movie, which is a sequel to the original 1980s movies (and not connected to the 2016 reboot). Apparently the story centres on a single mother and her children.
Frank Grillo will join Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson and Salma Hayek for the HITMAN'S BODYGUARD sequel, which is set around a mission to the Amalfi Coast as a cyber-attack is being planned. Director Patrick Hughes is also returning. Filming starts this month.
Lauren Lapkus, Molly Sims, Sarah Chalke, Nick Swardson and Chris Witaske will join David Spade in THE WRONG MISSY, a comedy about a man who meets his dream girl and invites her to his company's staff retreat, then discovers he's been texting another girl entirely. Tyler Spindel is directing.
Genevieve O'Reilly, Keir O'Donnell and Jon Polson are joining Eric Bana in THE DRY, based on the novel about a man who returns to his parched rural Australian hometown 20 years after he left and finds himself involved in a murder mystery. Robert Connolly is directing.
And writer-director Guillermo Del Toro is teaming up with producer JJ Abrams to make ZANBATO, which centres on a teen female ninja. plot details are being kept under wraps, and the filmmakers are busy with other projects for the next year or so.
Rami Malek is rumoured to be lined up to play the villain in the next JAMES BOND movie, opposite Daniel Craig. Billy Magnussen is also apparently lined up for a role, reuniting him with Maniac director Cary Fukunaga. Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Lea Seydoux are all returning.
Mahershala Ali will star in the sci-fi thriller SOVEREIGN. Plot details are being kept under wraps. Marc Munden is directing from a script by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place).
Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha will star in SYLVIE, a late-1950s drama in which a young woman has a romance with an aspiring saxophone player over the summer in Harlem. They then reconnect several years later. Eugene Ashe is directing.
Colin Farrell will star in AFTER YANG, about a father and daughter who are trying to save the life of a robotic family member. Kogonada (Columbus) is writing and directing.
Peter Dinklage and Josh Brolin will star in and produce the comedy BROTHERS. There's no word on the plot, although its mismatched casting makes it sound a bit like 1988's Twins. The script is by Etan Cohen.
Gwendoline Christie and Cherry Jones are joining the cast of THE FRIEND, which stars Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck as a couple dealing with a fatal illness when their best friend (Jason Segal) moves in, with unexpected results. Gabriela Cowperthwaite is directing.
Kumail Nanjiani will star in NO GLORY, a spy action comedy based on the memoirs of National Security operative Scott Shephard. Sam Bain is adapting the script, while Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are producing.
Shohreh Aghdashloo, Clark Gregg, Pilou Asbaek, Ella Balinska and Aml Ameen will star in RUN SWEETHEART RUN, a horror thriller about a blind date that goes violently wrong. Director Shana Feste is currently filming in Los Angeles.
Joel McHale, Kerry Bishe, Charlyne Yi, Breckin Meyer, Natalie Morales, Al Madrigal and Paul Scheer will star in the comedy-thriller HAPPILY, about a married couple whose life is thrown into chaos when an unexpected visitor arrives. BenDavid Grabinski is writing and directing.
Dee Wallace, Dot-Marie Jones, Chaz Bono, Danny Trejo, Clint Howard, Daniel Roebuck, David Ury and Richard Riehle will appear in THREE FROM HELL, Rob Zombie's long-awaited follow-up to The Devil's Rejects (2005), which again stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley and Sid Haig.
And Ray Liotta is joining the cast of the Sopranos prequel movie THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK. The film also stars Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, Michael Gandolfini and Corey Stoll. Alan Taylor is directing.
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