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Anna Paquin will play Robert DeNiro's daughter in THE IRISHMAN, Martin Scorsese's drama about notorious mob hitman Frank Sheeran. Costars include Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci, Ray Romano, Jack Huston, Bobby Cannavale and Gary Basaraba.
Tom Holland and Will Smith will voice animated characters in SPIES IN DISGUISE, an adventure comedy based on the short Pigeon: Impossible. Nick Bruno and Troy Quane (The Peanuts Movie) are directing.
Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy and Sasha Luss will star in ANNA, an action thriller by Luc Besson. Filming starts next month on the project, and Besson is saying nothing about the plot.
John Malkovich is joining Sandra Bullock in BIRD BOX, based on the novel set in the near future as a mother and her children try to survive in the aftermath of an invasion by aliens who make humans turn violent by simply looking at them. Susanne Bier is directing from a script by Eric Heisserer.
Judy Greer is lined up to play Jamie Lee Curtis' daughter in the new HALLOWEEN movie, which is said to be a direct sequel to 1981's Halloween II, ignoring the other movies that have come along since then. David Gordon Green is directing from a script by Danny McBride.
Tyler Perry will play Colin Powell in Adam McKay's BACKSEAT, the biopic of Dick Cheney starring Christian Bale. The film also stars Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Bill Pullman and LisaGay Hamilton.
Patrick Fugit is joining the cast of FIRST MAN, Damien Chazelle's biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Pablo Schreiber, Jon Bernthal and Kyle Chandler.
Kat Graham is joining Frank Grillo, Andy Garcia and Tyler Posey in DECOY, an action thriller about an identity thief who accidentally steals the identity of the NSA's most-wanted man. Alan Ungar is directing.
Kate Micucci, Sam Huntington, Taika Waititi and Dan Harmon will star in CORPSE TUB, a black comedy about a Midwestern couple that moves to Los Angeles, where they discover that a creepy cult leader killed himself in their bathtub. And now cult members are trying to follow his lead.
And it's official: Sylvester Stallone has assumed control of CREED 2, which he's writing, directing, producing and starring alongside Michael B Jordan and Dolph Lundgren. Stallone also directed four of the six earlier Rocky movies.
Kate Winslet will reunite with James Cameron for the AVATAR sequels. No one's saying how many of the four films her character will appear in, but production is about to get underway with Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Joel David Moore, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin.
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are taking their Fast and Furious characters for a spin-off adventure. There's no word on the title or premise, but apparently Shane Black is lined up to direct. Chris Morgan is writing the script.
Daniel Craig is set to reteam with Channing Tatum to play the villain Sinister in GAMBIT, as well as possibly appearing in subsequent X-Men spin-offs. Tatum is producing the spin-off, which doesn't have a director at the moment. Gore Verbinski is in talks to direct.
Nicole Kidman will play a detective in DESTROYER, a thriller about a cop who returns to a desert gang in which she worked undercover much earlier in her career. Karyn Kusama is directing from a script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi.
Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins will reteam for a new film version of KING LEAR, about a present-day English king trying to cope with his renegade daughters. Emily Watson, Florence Pugh, Christopher Eccleston, Jim Broadbent and Adam Scott costar; Richard Eyre is directing.
Jared Leto is lined up to play the recently deceased Hugh Hefner in a biopic. Brett Ratner has been developing the project for a decade now, but has only just secured the rights to Hefner's life. There's no word yet on which period of time the film will cover.
Meanwhile, Ratner may be back to direct a fourth RUSH HOUR film, now that the latest script has finally met with Jackie Chan's approval. It's currently waiting for Chris Tucker's ok. The film will reteam the Hong Kong and Los Angeles detectives some 10 years after the last episode.
Daisy Ridley will star in DADDIO, a drama set mainly in a cab as a young woman explores her various relationships while arriving at JFK and being driven to her flat in Manhattan.
Ansel Elgort will star in THE GOLDFINCH, based on the novel about a young man who survives a terrorist bombing in a museum, which leads to him moving in with his father in Las Vegas and getting involved in art forgery. John Crowley is directing.
And Harold Perrineau is joining the cast of DUMPLIN', which and Danielle Macdonald as a teen who, to spite her beauty queen mother (Jennifer Aniston), enters a local pageant in order to inspire other outcasts. Odeya Rush costars; Anne Fletcher is directing.
Lupita Nyong'o and Kristen Stewart are apparently being lined up for lead roles in a big-screen reboot of CHARLIE'S ANGELS, about three female private detectives who work for an unseen boss. Elizabeth Banks is directing.
Bradley Cooper up for the lead role in PANDEMONIUM, a biopic about Vince McMahon, who started his career a third-generation wrestler and went on to head the WWE. John Requa and Glenn Ficarra are directing.
Monica Bellucci, Ben O'Toole and Tess Haubrich will star in NEKROMANCER, a sci-fi horror thriller from Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood). There's no word yet on the plot.
Alexandra Daddario will star in I AM NOT A BIRD, based on the novel Lost Girls and Love Hotels, about a young woman from the American Midwest indulging in the decadent side of Tokyo nightlife. William Olsson is directing from a script by novelist Catherine Hanrahan.
Brian D'Arcy James is joining the cast of FIRST MAN, Damien Chazelle's film about astronaut Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling). Costars include Corey Stoll, Jon Bernthal, Claire Foy and Kyle Chandler.
Brendan Fletcher, Brendan Fehr, Jake Manley, Gage Munroe and Dylan Everett will star in BROTHERHOOD, about a group of boys in a church group who travel into the wilderness for a canoe trip that turns tragic. Director Richard Bell is currently filming near Toronto.
LisaGay Hamilton (The Practice) will play Condoleezza Rice in BACKSEAT, the Dick Cheney biopic starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell and Bill Pullman. Adam McKay is writing and directing.
Jon Bass (Baywatch) has joined the cast of DOG DAYS, about a group of struggling people who are brought together by their dogs. The film also stars Vanessa Hudgens, Eva Longoria, Nina Dobrev, Finn Wolford and Tone Bell. Ken Marino is directing.
Julie Taymor will direct a biopic about feminist journalist Gloria Steinem, based on her memoir MY LIFE ON THE ROAD. Playwright Sarah Ruhn is working on the script, which will explore the events and people who inspired Steinem's activism.
And Luc Besson has completed the script for LUCY 2, which will return Scarlett Johansson to her super-charged action hero role. There's no word on the plot, or whether other cast members like Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked or Pilou Asbaek will be back.
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