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Cate Blanchett and possibly Javier Bardem will star in LUCY AND DESI, a biopic about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who pioneered the sitcom in the 1950s with their hit show I Love Lucy. Aaron Sorkin is writing the script, and the project has been authorised by the family.
Natalie Portman is up for the title role in BRONCO BELLE, about a waitress who moonlights as a rodeo rider, and works with a mentor to infiltrate the male-dominated circuit. Anna Rose Holmer is in talks to direct.
Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson and Jonathan Rhys Myers are starring in THE ASPERN PAPERS, based on the Henry James novel about a young writer trying to get his hands on letters written from a romantic poet to his mistress. Julien Landais is currently filming in Venice.
Florence Pugh has landed the female lead opposite Chris Pine and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in OUTLAW KING, based on the true story of Robert the Bruce taking on England's army in 14th century Scotland. David Mackenzie is directing.
Asa Butterfield, Michael Sheen and Hermoine Corfield are joining SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ, a horror comedy produced by and costarring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Finn Cole leads the cast as a new kid at a boarding school, where a fracking-created sinkhole unleashes something evil. Crispian Mills is directing.
Richard Madden is joining Gillian Jacobs, Phoebe Robinson and Vanessa Bayer for IBIZA, about a woman whose business trip to Spain turns into a nightclubbing odyssey. Alex Richanbach is directing, while Will Ferrell and Adam McKay produce.
Alfre Woodard, John Kani and Marwan Kenzari are joining the vocal cast of Guy Ritchie's live-action remake of ALADDIN, which stars Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Nasim Pedrad and Will Smith as the Genie. The script is by John August.
Alexa Davies and Jeremy Irvine have joined Lily James as younger versions of the veteran cast of MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN, the musical sequel again starring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Christine Baranski. Ol Parker is writing and directing.
Demian Bichir has joined the cast of CHAOS WALKING, alongside Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley. It's about a guy who lives on a distant planet that is hit by a virus that causes overpowering visions. Doug Liman is directing.
And Jaden Smith will star in a still-untitled skateboarding drama by Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle. Set in New York, the film also stars real-life skaters Rachelle Vinberg, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Ajani Russell, Kabrina Adams and Jules Lorenzo.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks to voice the villainous Scar in Jon Favreau's live-action style remake of THE LION KING, not Hugh Jackman as previously rumoured. The voice cast includes Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, John Oliver and another rumoured voice, Beyonce.
Dave Bautista has let slip that he's set to star in a film adaptation of the ETERNAL WARRIOR comics. While a movie isn't officially in development yet, the story centres on an immortal fighter who protects Earth by fighting off various evil attackers.
Whoopi Goldberg, Hill Harper, Sasheer Zamata and Angelica Ross have joined the cast of GHETTO PLAINSMAN, a gritty drama about a young man who escapes his life of prostitution and drugs of 1980s New York and flees to the American West.
Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby and Lamar Johnson have joined Amandla Steinberg THE HATE U GIVE, about a 16-year-old girl raised in a slum and educated in the suburbs who struggles with her reaction when a cop shoots her best friend. George Tillman Jr is directing.
Jeremy Irvine, Zach Roerig, Ethan Russell and Cody Walker have joined THE LAST FULL MEASURE, the military drama also starring Ser'Darius Blain, William Hurt, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L Jackson, Peter Fonda, Amy Madigan, Christopher Plummer, John Savage, Bradley Whitford and Michael Imperioli. Filming is moving from Atlanta to Thailand.
Hayley Atwell is joining Ewan McGregor in CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, which follows the now-grown son of author AA Milne as he gets a visit from Winnie the Pooh, asking for help to find his missing friends. Marc Foster is directing from a script by Allison Schroeder.
Ian McShane will play the adoptive father of David Harbour's title character in the reboot HELLBOY: RISE OF THE BLOOD QUEEN. The title refers to a medieval sorceress who sets out to destroy mankind for some reason. Neil Marshall is directing.
Maika Monroe has joined Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert in THE WIDOW, Neil Jordan's thriller about a young woman who returns an older lady's handbag, sparking an unexpected relationship between the two.
Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Laurie Holden, Tattiawna Jones and Michael Jai White have joined the cast of DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE, a police brutality thriller starring Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson. S Craig Zahler is writing and directing.
And Courtney Love will play herself in JT, a biopic about Laura Albert, who with the help of her sister-in-law created author JT LeRoy and fooled editors, actors and filmmakers for six years. Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Diane Kruger, Kelvin Harrison Jr and James Jagger star in the film, which is shooting in Canada with director Justin Kelly.
Bryce Dallas Howard will make her directing debut with SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR, based on the novel about a teen girl who lives in her mother's school bus during her senior year in high school. Ol Parker adapted the script.
Alfred Molina, Mykelti Williamson and Bryan Tyree Henry are joining ONLY YOU, about a cop (David Oyelowo) trying to protect his niece (Storm Reid) after his family is killed. Jacob Estes is writing and directing.
Judy Greer will be back for the sequel ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, alongside other returning cast members Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas and Michael Pena, plus TI and Randall Park. Peyton Reed starts filming this month in Atlanta.
Toby Kebbell, Marwan Kenzari, Sasson Gabai, Waleed Zuaiter, Mickey Leon, Ori Pfeffer and Maisa Abd Elhadi will star in THE ANGEL, based on the true story of a notorious Egyptian official who became a spy for Israel. Ariel Vromen is directing.
Harvey Keitel, Liam McIntyre, Poppy Drayton, Oleg Taktarov and newcomer Jenia Tanaeva will star in SEE YOU SOON, a romantic drama currently filming in Russia. It's about a member of the USA's World Cup football team who has to redefine his life after a serious injury.
Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons will star in HEARTS BEAT LOUD, about a father and daughter who form a singer-songwriter duo over the last summer before she heads off to university. Costars include Toni Collette, Blythe Danner, Ted Danson and Sasha Lane.
Ice-T and Vincent Pastore will star in the horror movie CLINTON ROAD, set on a real-life stretch of New Jersey highway through woods that are rumoured to be haunted. in the film, a group of teens get stranded there and are menaced by a satanic cult.
Sally Kirkland and Mel Novak have joined the cast of WHEN IT RINGS, a thriller about a young man (Gonzalo Martin) cleaning out his childhood home to sell it. Then he finds a toy phone on which he used to talk to his dead sister. Sophia Monti, Mann Alfonso and Amy Ellenberger costar.
Martin Starr, Debroah Ann Woll, Fred Melamed and Rusty Joiner will star in SILVER LAKE, about a guy who is examining his life and his relationships with the help of a larger-than-life mentor. Sean McGinley is writing and directing.
And John Cena has joined the cast of the Transformers spin-off BUMBLEBEE, which is set in the late 1980s as the title character is hiding in a junkyard. Hailee Steinfeld stars in the film along with Pamela Adlon and Stephen Schneider. Travis Knight is directing.
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