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Zendaya, Timothee Chalamet and Daniel Craig are being lined up to star in Denis Villeneuve's long-gestating thriller-style biopic about CLEOPATRA, playing the Egyptian leader, Octavius and Julius Caesar, respectively. David Scarpa is writing the script. Gal Gadot and director Kari Skogland are developing a rival biopic.
Ayo Edebiri, Murray Bartlett, John Malkovich, Amber Midthunder and Juliet Lewis will star in OPUS, a horror thriller about an iconic pop star who returns after a decades-long disappearance. Mark Anthony Green is writing and directing.
Emma Corrin and Lucie Zhang will star in PEACHES, about two best friends in Hong Kong who seduce and scam wealthy older men to earn a living. When they are given a fake Birkin bag, the jig is up. Filmmaker Jenny Suen is adapting the 1966 Czech classic Daisies. Cate Blanchett is producing.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt will star in a stage musical adaptation of the 1985 teen comedy GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN, about a teen who disobeys her strict military father and enters a TV dance competition. Jennifer Warner is directing. Alex Scharfman is writing and directing.
DeWanda Wise, Guy Pearce and Tim Roth are starring in KILLING FAITH, a supernatural thriller about an atheist doctor who escorts a woman and her demon-possessed daughter across the desert to find a preacher who can perform an exorcism. Ned Crowley is writing and directing.
Jackie Chan will star in PANDA PLAN, an action comedy about a rare baby panda that becomes a global sensation because he has a dark circle around only one eye. When a billionaire tries to kidnap the panda, an international action-star actor comes to the rescue. Zhang Luan is directing.
Holland Taylor, Miriam Silverman, Nestor Carbonell and Emily Arancio will star in MOTHERLAND, about a woman who develops a bond with her estranged daughter, even though she lives in a society in which parents are forbidden from knowing their children. Evan Matthews is directing from a script by Nicole Swinford.
Kelly Reilly and David Strathairn are joining Samuel L Jackson and Boyd Holbrook in LAST MEALS, about a disgraced White House chef who finds himself now cooking meals for death row inmates. Kenny Leon is directing, with filming set to start this month in Atlanta.
Melissa Fumero, Aaron Dominguez, Alejandro Edda and Sebastian Chacon will star in RED DIRT, an action thriller about two brothers on opposite sides of the law who set out to avenge their parents' murder by a drug cartel in New Mexico. Crash Buist is directing.
And Darren Aronofsky is directing a biopic about ELON MUSK, adapted from the authorised biography written by Walter Isaacson, whose book about Steve Jobs was the basis for Danny Boyle's 2015 film. Musk was born in South Africa, and was involved in PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla before purchasing Twitter last year.
Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill will be back for a third ENOLA HOLMES movie, continuing the adventures of Sherlock Holmes' little sister. Work has already begun on the script, but there's no word yet on where the story goes.
Pedro Pascal is rumoured to be joining Joaquin Phoenix in EDDINGTON, Ari Aster's next thriller, which is about a couple that runs out of gas outside a small New Mexico town and discovers that its warm first appearances are misleading.
Richard E Grant, Will Poulter, Tea Leoni, Jessica Hynes and Anthony Carrigan are joining Paul Rudd and Jenna Ortega in DEATH OF A UNICORN, about a father and daughter who accidentally hit and kill a unicorn on the way to a weekend work retreat.
Naomie Harris, Gwendoline Christie and Mark Williams are starring in ROBIN AND THE HOOD, a comedy adventure that pits an environmental activist and a small town mayor against a ruthless land developer. Phil Hawkins is directing.
James McAvoy, Aisling Franciosi, Lucas Bravo and Almudena Amor are starring in the thriller TURN UP THE SUN, about two couples who double-book the same country home for a weekend break, then discover that things aren't what they seem. Welsh filmmaker Jamie Adams is currently filming in the UK.
Lucy Hale will star in the comedy F*** MARRY KILL, as a young woman who is obsessed with true crime stories and has become convinced that one of the three men she is seeing is actually a serial killer. Laura Murphy is directing from a script by Ivan Diaz and Meghan Brown.
Jennifer Esposito, Kellan Lutz, Judd Hirsch, Neal McDonough and Grace Van Dien will star in THE DECEMBER CROSS, about two young children who team up for an adventure in a town on the US-Mexico border. Todd Turner is writing and directing.
David Howard Thornton will be back as Art the Clown for TERRIFIER 3, in which he will be terrorising the residents of a small town on Christmas Eve. Filmmaker Damien Leone made the boundary-pushing original on his own, then used an original release strategy to make the sequel a huge hit.
Michael Mann is developing a US-based remake of the 2015 Korean thriller VETERAN, about a young man whose wealthy and powerful family attempts to buy his way out of a criminal charge, while a veteran detective is determined to keep that from happening.
Steve Martino will return as director for a follow-up to 2015's THE PEANUTS MOVIE, which will follow Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang on an adventure into the big city. Karey Kirkpatrick is writing the script from an original story by Craig and Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano.
And Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito are still planning to reteam for THROW PAPA FROM THE TRAIN, a sequel to their 1987 crime comedy Throw Mama From the Train, which DeVito directed as an homage to Hitchcock's Strangers on the Train. No plot details have been announced.
Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac and Gerard Butler are officially lined up for the thriller IN THE HAND OF DANTE, which has parallel plots following Dante Alighieri writing The Divine Comedy in the 14th century and a New York scholar trying to authenticate a manuscript in 2001. Julian Schnabel is directing.
Samuel L Jackson, Pierce Brosnan and Brandon Lessard will star in UNHOLY TRINITY, a Western thriller about a young man seeking revenge after his father is executed for a crime he didn't commit. Filming is underway in Montana with director Richard Gray. The script is by Lee Zachariah.
Sarah Jessica Parker will produce FRONT ROW, a documentary about a group of Ukrainian dancers who have formed a new ballet company in exile. The film centres on a friendship between lead performer Alexei Ratmanskiy and a front-line soldier who lost his legs in battle against Russia and is determined to become a dancer. Miriam Guttmann is directing.
Chuck Norris, Vanilla Ice and Sophie Monk will team up, playing themselves in the action comedy ZOMBIE PLANE, about a secret government agency recruiting celebrities as operatives to fight an undead army. The cast includes multiple cameos. Lav Bodnaruk and Michael Pier are directing.
Ritu Arya (The Umbrella Academy), Twefik Jallab (Spiral), Sean Harris, Emmanuelle Bercot and Camile Rutherford are starring in PARIS HAS FALLEN, a spin-off series about a terrorist attack aimed at a French government minister. Director Oded Ruskin is shooting in Paris and London.
Former American football star Vernon Davis is joining the cast of DON'T FEED THE CHILDREN, alongside Michelle Dockery, Zoe Colletti, Regan Aliyah and Andrew Liner. It's about a group of orphans seeking a new home when a viral outbreak wipes out the adult population. Destry Allyn Spielberg is directing.
YouTube star Brett Cooper will play the lead role in SNOW WHITE AND THE EVIL QUEEN, a new adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale produced by conservative filmmaker Jeremy Boreing. The project was set up as backlash to Disney's progressive live-action remake of the 1937 classic.
Rian Johnson says he has the story mapped out for the third BENOIT BLANC mystery, starring Daniel Craig. Expect another all-star cast for another twisty romp inspired by Agatha Christie's novels. There's no word yet on the story or premise, but a fourth film is also planned.
Matthew Vaughn is working on a third film in the KINGSMAN series with Colin Firth and Harris Dickinson. Vaughn is also hoping to reboot KICK-ASS with an all-new group of characters centred around Patience Lee, a single mother who becomes a vigilante superhero.
It's been 30 years since THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS was releases, and now director Henry Selick says he has an idea for a prequel. He and Tim Burton are uninterested in a sequel to the story, as its ending is perfect. But he's interested in telling the story of how Jack Skellington became king of Halloween Town. And Chris Sarandon is up for reprising the role.
Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer) will direct ONE MAN'S CASTLE, about a retired American football star who has become a TV commentator and he is now facing both a family tragedy and cancel culture. John Zaring is writing the script.
And Martin Scorsese has confirmed that he will reunite with Leonardo DiCaprio for his next movie, THE WAGER. Set in the 1740s, it's about an emaciated crew that lands in Brazil claiming to be survivors of a British shipwreck. But their story is challenged.
Isabelle Huppert will star in the next film by Italian master filmmaker Dario Argento. There's no word on the plot, but it's said to be a loose remake of a classic 1940s Mexican horror film. Production was set to start last spring, but was postponed when Argento broke his leg.
David Oyelowo is still set to produce and star in THE RETURN OF THE ROCKETEER, about a young pilot who uses a high-tech jet pack to fight crime. Eugene Ashe (Sylvie's Love) is writing the script. The project has been in the works for over a decade and doesn't currently have a director.
Tom Hardy is teaming up with writers Scott Snyder and Frank Tieri to develop a broader universe for a series of ARCBOUND comics, set on a post-apocalyptic Earth as a ruthless corporation oppresses the people and one of its employees has a crisis of conscience.
Saffron Burrows, Toby Stephens and James Cosmo will star in THE MORRIGAN, about an archaeologist who travels to Ireland to excavate an ancient tomb, unleashing a vengeful pagan war goddess. Colum Eastwood is writing and directing.
Taz Skylar (One Piece) will join Daisy Ridley in CLEANER, about a group of activists who take over an energy company party in London's tallest building The Shard. And only a window cleaner, who happens to be an ex-soldier, can save the day. Martin Campbell is directing.
Gurinder Chadha says she is thinking about making a sequel to BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, the 2002 drama starring Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra as they dreamed of becoming professional footballers. The film costarred Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Archie Panjabi, Juliet Stevenson, Anupam Kher and Shaznay Lewis.
Details (and a trailer) have emerged about the forthcoming Please Don't Destroy. THE TREASURE OF FOGGY MOUNTAIN stars the trio Ben Marshall, John Higgins and Martin Herlihy as childhood friends who go on a treasure-hunting adventure. Bowen Yang, Megan Stalter, Conan O'Brien and John Goodman costar. Paul Briganti is directing.
And Richard Linklater is planning to shoot a film in French, shooting on location in Paris in a Nouvelle Vague style. There's no word on the plot yet. Of course, Linklater previously shot Before Sunset, the middle film in his trilogy with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, in Paris.
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STAGE: The White Factory delivers a moving, chilling reminder, at Marylebone Theatre until 4th Nov...
STAGE: Tommy Murphy's Strangers in Between is revived at Golden Goose Theatre, until 7th Oct...
Ill drink to that
STAGE: Deeper and Deeper explores gay life over two decades, at Union Theatre until 7th Oct...
A defiant cry for peace
DANCE: Kyiv City Ballet presents A Tribute to Peace at the Peacock...
STAGE: Myra DuBois makes a healing return to the West End with Be Well at the Peacock Theatre...
DANCE: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates 65 years, at Sadler's Wells...
FESTIVAL: Shadows @ FrightFest - Thrills and horror descendson London over the August long weekend...
AUGUST TV ROUNDUP: More of The Bear, Heartstopper, The Witcher, The Other Two, plus The Crowded Room, Glamorous, more...
FESTIVAL: Shadows @ Edinburgh Fringe: Comedy, drama, music and circus! Reviews of 17 shows in 6 blog posts...
STAGE: Sh*t-faced Shakespeare takes on Much Ado About Nothing at Leicester
DANCE: Gala Flamenca and Tocar a un Hombre at Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival...
DANCE/FILM: Motion Picture - choreographers Botis Seva and Alesandra Seutin take on cinema...
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