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Helen Mirren will play the villainous Hespera, daughter of Atlas, in the sequel SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS, again starring Zachary Levi as the cheeky adult superhero version of teen Asher Angel. Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) is also in the cast. David F Sandberg is back as director.
Meanwhile, Pierce Brosnan is joining the cast of the Shazam spin-off BLACK ADAM, playing the heroic Dr Fate opposite Dwayne Johnson as the eponymous antihero. Also on board are Aldis Hodge, Marwan Kenzari, Noah Centineo and Quintessa Swindell. Jaume Collet-Serra is directing.
Keanu Reeves will produce and star in a film based on the comic series BRZKR, which was based on his idea. It's about a half-god hired by the US government for battles that are too dangerous for anyone else, in exchange for the secret to ending his violent existence. Following on from the film, Reeves will voice the character in an anime series.
Morgan Freeman, Alfre Woodard, Common, Bill Burr and Trevor Jackson will star in HATE TO SEE YOU GO, about a blues musician who refuses to retire and hits the road with his band for one more tour. The story is inspired by the real-life experiences of Rob Stone, who is cowriting the script with director Ben Tishler.
Halle Berry is joining Mark Wahlberg in the action thriller OUR MAN FROM JERSEY. The plot is still under wraps, although it's said to be a James Bond-style adventure with a blue collar hero. The script is by David Guggenheim.
Zac Efron, Bill Murray and Russell Crowe are lined up to star in THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER, based on the true story of a New Yorker who travelled to Vietnam in 1967 so he could have a few beers with his childhood friends who are serving in the military. Peter Farrelly is directing.
Daniel Radcliffe will play the villain in the action-adventure romantic comedy THE LOST CITY OF D, which stars Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum as a romance novelist and her book-cover model who are kidnapped while on a book tour and taken into the jungle. Adam and Aaron Nee are directing.
Forest Whitaker is joining Tom Hardy in HAVOC, about a detective battling his way through a criminal underworld to rescue a politician's son, all while exposing his city's deep network of corruption and conspiracy. Gareth Evans is writing and directing.
Seth Rogen is joining a biopic about Steven Spielberg's life, set to play the filmmaker's uncle opposite Michelle Williams as his mother. There's no word on the plot, but the story is set in his early years growing up in Arizona. Spielberg is directing and cowriting the script with Tony Kushner.
Emerald Fennell is writing the script for ZATANNA, a film about the DC Comics sorcerer who inherited her powers from her alchemist father and presents herself as a top-hat wearing stage magician. There's no word yet on whether Fennell will also direct or appear in the film.
Michael Urie, Luke MacFarlane and Philemon Chambers will star in the Christmas romcom SINGLE ALL THE WAY, about a guy who convinces his best friend to pose as his boyfriend at a family holiday gathering, then his mother sets him up with her trainer. Costars include Jennifer Coolidge, Kathy Najimy and Barry Bostwick.
And Vin Diesel's 10-year-old son Vincent Sinclair will play him as a child in flashbacks for F9: THE FAST SAGA, which is due to finally open this summer. The film also introduces John Cena as the brother of Diesel's character. Justin Lin is once again directing the usual all-star ensemble.
John Travolta and Nicolas Cage may reteam for a sequel to FACE/OFF, John Woo's now iconic 1997 action thriller about an FBI agent and a terrorist who surgically swap faces. Adam Wingard is directing the new film, and isn't saying much about it other than that it will continue the saga.
Diane Keaton and Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) will star in MACK AND RITA, a comedy about a woman in her 30s who, after entering a sound-bath pod, emerges as a 70-year-old and now has rather a lot more in common with her free-spirited grandmother. Katie Aselton Duplass is directing.
Katie Holmes will produce and star in THE WATERGATE GIRL, based on the memoir by Jill Wine Banks, the only woman on the team of prosecutors in the trial against President Nixon. Her book not only documents rampant sexism, but also having her home and office bugged and burgled, all as her marriage was collapsing.
Mark Wahlberg will produce and star in STU, based on a true story that he's been developing into a film for several years. Details are being kept under wraps, but word has it that it's a faith-based story. Rosalind Ross is writing and directing.
Mckenna Grace will costar in CRATER, a coming-of-age story set in a mining colony on the moon. It centres on a boy who, after the death of his father, heads out to explore a crater with his four best friends before he moves away. Kyle Patrick Alvarez is directing from a script by John Griffin.
Matthew Goode, Kerry Fox, David Morrissey and Darci Shaw will star in THE COLOUR ROOM, a biopic about the British ceramic artist Clarice Cliff (played by Bridgerton's Phoebe Dynevor), a factory worker in the 1920s who fought prejudice as she rose to prominence as an Art Deco designer. Claire McCarthy is directing.
Andy Garcia will play the title role in a new remake of the comedy FATHER OF THE BRIDE, this time set within a sprawling Cuban-American family in the ru-up to a big wedding. Gaz Alazraki is directing the film from a romcom-style script by Matt Lopez.
James Ransome will reteam with Ethan Hawke and their Sinister director Scott Derrickson for THE BLACK PHONE, a horror thriller about a kidnapped girl (Madeleine McGraw) who is being held in a soundproof basement in which a disconnected antique phone begins ringing with calls from the dead. Jeremy Davis and Mason Thames costar.
Max Beesley has joined the cast of Guy Ritchie's spy thriller FIVE EYES, alongside Jason Statham, Aubrey Plaza, Josh Hartnett and Cary Elwes. It's a globe-hopping action movie about an MI6 agent recruited by a global agency to stop the black market sale of a deadly new weapon.
Diego Calva (I Promise You Anarchy) has landed a major role in Damien Chazelle's drama BABYLON, set around a group of actors and filmmakers trying to navigate Hollywood's transition to sound movies in the 1920s. The film also stars Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Jovan Adepo and Li Jun Li.
And word has it that Jim Carrey will be back for a third ACE VENTURA movie, following on from the 1994 and 1995 adventure comedies about a pet detective. There are no details yet, but apparently Sonic the Hedgehog screenwriters Pat Casey and Josh Miller are working on a script.
Benedict Cumberbatch will produce and star in WAR MAGICIAN, based on the novel about a British illusionist and his international team who used trickery to defeat the Nazis during World War II. Colin Trevorrow is directing from a script by Nicholas Mariani.
Uma Thurman and Elijah Richardson are joining the returning Grace VanderWaal for a sequel to the musical romance STARGIRL, which will follow the mysterious young woman from Arizona into the music industry. Julia Hart is back as director, with Michael Penn on board to write and perform the original songs.
Omar Sy and Laurent Lafitte will be back for a sequel to their action comedy ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS, about two very different cops who team up again for an investigation in the French Alps. Louis Leterrier is directing from a script by Stephane Kazandjian.
Dakota Johnson will costar with Cooper Raiff in CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH, about a guy whose job is to get a bar mitzvah party started. He strikes up a friendship with a young woman with an autistic daughter. Raiff (S#!%house) is also writing and directing.
Jamie Foxx, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maika Monroe, January Jones and Andrew Dice Clay will star in GOD IS A BULLET, a dark action thriller written and directed by Nick Cassavetes. It's about a detective who infiltrates a satanic cult that kidnapped his daughter and murdered his wife.
Meanwhile, Monroe will star with Burn Gorman and Karl Glusman in WATCHER, a psychological thriller about a young couple moving into a new apartment in Bucharest while the city is in a panic surrounding a serial killer. Chloe Okuno is directing from a script by Zack Ford.
Analeigh Tipton has joined the cast of VENGEANCE, the directing debut of BJ Novak. Story details are being kept under wraps as the film shoots in New Mexico; the cast includes Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher, J Smith Cameron and Boyd Holbrook.
Maribel Verdu is joining the cast of THE FLASH alongside Ezra Miller and Kiersey Clemons, plus Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as multiverse versions of Batman. Director Andy Muschietti starts filming in London next month.
Jaime Camil, Jacob Vargas and Byron Bowers are joining Zoe Kravitz in KIMI, about an agoraphobic tech worker who needs to leave her home to report a violent crime she witnessed online. Steven Soderberg is directing from a script by David Koepp.
And Rob Delaney, Samson Kayo and Vir Das are joining the cast of THE BUBBLE, an ensemble comedy about a group of actors making a big studio franchise movie while living together in a hotel during a pandemic. Costars include Karen Gillan, Maria Bakalova, Pedro Pascal, Keegan Michael-Key, David Duchovny, Leslie Mann, Fred Armisen and Peter Serafinowicz. Director Judd Apatow is currently filming in London.
Tiffany Haddish will star in and produce MYSTERY GIRL, based on the comic about an amnesiac psychic who lives off the grid in Los Angeles, guided by a voice in her head. When a cop asks for her help solving a murder, things take an unexpected turn. McG is directing.
Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell and Joel Edgerton have joined the international cast of THIRTEEN LIVES, based on the true story of the 2018 rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave system in Thailand. Ron Howard is directing from a script by William Nicholson.
Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Eiza Gonzalez, Mckenna Grace, Walton Goggins, Andre Braugher, Isabela Merced and Marsai Martin will voice characters in the animated adventure SPIRIT UNTAMED, a sequel to the 2002 hit Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron. It's about a stubborn girl who meets her match in a wild horse. Elaine Bogan and Ennio Torresan are directing.
Michelle Yeoh and Laurence Fishburne are joining the cast of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, Paul Feig's adaptation of the novel about teens studying to be fairy-tale heroes or villains. Costars include Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington, Sofia Wylie and Sophia Anne Caruso.
Gina Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr and Tom Ellis will star in PLAYERS, a romantic comedy about a sports writer who competes with her colleagues for hook-ups, then struggles to change her ways when she unexpectedly falls for one of her targets. Trish Sie is directing from a script by Whit Anderson.
Alec Baldwin will star in SUPERCELL, an action thriller about a reckless businessman who runs a business that allows tourists to follow super tornadoes and the teen who is following in the footsteps of his storm-chaser father. Herbert James Winterstern is directing.
Haley Bennett is joining the cast of Eli Roth's BORDERLANDS, alongside Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jack Black and Ariana Greenblatt. It's based on the videogame about mercenaries trying to break into a secret vault on an alien planet.
Colm Feore will star in SIX GUNS FOR HIRE, a post-apocalyptic Western about a group of strangers dividing the spoils of a train robbery while a detective tracks them down. Directors Matt Campagna and Melissa D'Agostino are currently filming in Toronto.
Indira Varma, Cary Elwes, Mark Gatiss, Rob Delaney and Charles Parnell have joined the cast of the seventh MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movie, alongside Tom Cruise, Vanessa Kirby, Rebecca Ferguson, Angela Bassett, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff. Christopher McQuarrie has completed shooting the sixth movie and is in production on the seventh.
Tantoo Cardinal, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins and Jillian Dion have joined the cast of Martin Scorsese's KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, about the FBI's investigation of oil industry-related murders in 1920 Oklahoma. The film also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone and Jesse Plemons.
And Trevor Noah will produce and perhaps star in a remake of the 1967 comedy THE PRESIDENT'S ANALYST, about a psychoanalyst hired in secret to treat the US president, who shares with him a mountain of terrifying state secrets. Obama's former speechwriter Pat Cunnane is writing the script.
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