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Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley and Peter Sarsgaard will star in THE LOST DAUGHTER, about a divorced mother on holiday in Italy, where she meets a family whose behaviour is deeply unsettling. Maggie Gyllenhaal is writing and making her directing debut.
Awkwafina will star in THE BACCARAT MACHINE, the true story of the world's most successful female gambler, Kelly Sun, who teamed up with poker champion Phil Ivey to beat the system. Andy Bellin is writing the script, based on a magazine article.
Cynthia Erivo will produce and star in CARRIER, based on the sci-fi thriller podcast in which she plays a truck driver who accepts a private long-haul assignment to cover for her ill father. But her cargo turns out to be a threat to the planet. Dan Blank is writing and directing.
Charlotte Rampling will play a hard-drinking grandmother opposite Marton Csokas in the black comedy JUNIPER, about a teen (newcomer George Ferrier) who is suspended from school and begins to hang out with his feisty grandma. Matthew Saville is writing and directing.
Laurence Fishburne will join Liam Neeson in THE ICE ROAD, an action-adventure movie about a rescue mission across a frozen ocean in northern Canada to save miners trapped in a collapsed diamond mine. Jonathan Hensleigh is directing.
Bruce Willis will star in COSMIC SIN, a futuristic action thriller about a group of scientists fighting against an alien species that infects people and then takes over their bodies. Corey Large and Edward Drake are writing and directing.
Vanessa Kirby is the latest cast member to return to the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise for the upcoming seventh and eighth episodes. Christopher McQuarrie is writing and directing returning actors Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames, plus Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff.
Missy Elliott, Minnie Driver and John Mulaney have joined the cast of CINDERELLA, Kay Cannon's musical-comedy version of the fairy tale starring Camila Cabello. Also on board are Pierce Brosnan, Billy Porter, Idina Menzel and Nicholas Galitzine.
Zachary Levi and Cole Sprouse will star in UNDERCOVER, a comedy about a has-been rocker who joins a wedding cover band while trying to keep his dodgy past a secret. Director Steve Pink plans to start filming this spring.
And with the success of Knives Out, it's hardly surprising that a remake of CLUE is once again in the works. Ryan Reynolds is set to star in the film, possibly alongside Jason Bateman. James Bobin is lined up to direct from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Maggie Gyllenhaal will play Gladys Presley, Elvis' mother, in Baz Luhrmann's musical biopic tracing the iconic singer's rise from poverty to stardom. Austin Butler stars as Elvis, with Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker. Luhrmann wrote the script with longtime collaborator Craig Pearce.
Sylvester Stallone will star in SAMARITAN, a thriller about a retired superhero who is tracked down by a young boy (Javon Walton) who is a boxing prodigy. Costars include Martin Starr, Pilou Asbaek, Moises Arias and Dascha Polanco. Julius Avery is directing.
Meanwhile, Stallone will star in LITTLE AMERICA, a thriller set in a walled-off section of Hong Kong occupied by Americans after the USA is destroyed by bankruptcy and war. It's about a former Army ranger hired by an Asian billionaire to find his missing daughter. Rowan Athale is writing and directing.
Noomi Rapace, Charlie Plummer and Sophia Lillis are joining Peter Dinklage in THE THICKET, a thriller based on the novel about a young man who hires a shady bounty hunter to help him rescue his kidnapped sister. Elliott Lester is directing.
Bruno Mars will star in and produce a movie musical for Disney. Apparently, the film will feature all new music by Mars, although the plot and premise are under wraps. The Grammy-winning musician previously appeared in Honeymoon in Vegas and voiced a character in Rio 2.
Ritu Arya (Umbrella Academy) and Chris Diamantopoulos are joining Dwayne Johnson in RED NOTICE, a heist thriller about the global pursuit of the world's most-wanted art thief. Rawson Marshall Thurber is writing and directing.
Reese Douglas, Maisy Kay and James Swanton will star in WALKING AGAINST THE RAIN, a monster movie set after a biblical-style plague has devastated the world and two strangers use an old radio to try to find each other. Scott Lyus (Black Mass) is writing and directing.
Seth Gordon will direct GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOM, an adventure-romance about an astronaut who falls in love with a ground control officer over the course of a classified mission, even though they have never met in person. The script is by Jason Micallef (Butter).
Tony-winner Rachel Chavkin will make her film directing debut with SHREW'S NEST, a remake of the Spanish psychological thriller Musaranas, about an agoraphobic woman raising her younger sister in privacy when an injured neighbour drags himself into their apartment.
And work is underway on MONSTER MASH, a musical based on Bobby Pickett's classic 1962 novelty single. Plot details are under wraps, but with Universal developing the project, expect a lineup of classic monsters like Frankenstein, Wolfman and Dracula. Matt Stawski is writing and directing.
Harrison Ford will indeed be back for a fifth INDIANA JONES movie, which will be a sequel not a reboot of the franchise. Steven Spielberg and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall are back on board, developing the script.
Woody Harrelson, Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean will star in TRIANGLE OF SADNESS, Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund's follow-up to The Square. It's another pitch-black satire, this time set in the world of fashion and the super-rich. Filming starts later this month.
Ice Cube will star in FLINT STRONG, a feature film based on the doc T-Rex, which recounted the true story of 17-year-old Claressa Shields, who dreamed of becoming the first woman to win an Olympic boxing gold medal. Cinematographer Rachel Morrison is making her directing debut; the script is by Barry Jenkins.
Vin Diesel says that the 10th and final FAST & FURIOUS movie will actually be a two-parter. So that makes 11 in total. And he also says that he expects spin-offs and reboots to carry on "for generations to come". F9: THE FAST SAGA opens in May.
Johnny Depp will produce SHANE, a documentary about legendary Irish poet and musician Shane McGowan, whose life and work have been notoriously unflinching even as he has written some of the world's most iconic songs, including Fairy Tale of New York. Julien Temple is directing.
Matt Lucas will voice the title character in MOLESWORTH, a hand-drawn animated film based on the bestselling series of books about a mischievous, power-hungry student at an English private boarding school.
Rick Moranis is returning for SHRUNK, a new instalment in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids series about a mad scientist who works out how to make people both tiny and enormous. The new film stars Josh Gad as his now-adult son. Joe Johnston is lined up to return as director.
Sam Raimi is being lined up to direct Benedict Cumberbatch in the sequel DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS, after the departure of Scott Derrickson from the project over "creative differences". Word has it that the film is set to be the first Marvel horror movie.
Faith-based filmmakers Jon and Andrew Erwin are developing AMERICAN UNDERDOG, a biopic about American football star Kurt Warner, who went from stocking shelves in a supermarket to Hall of Fame quarterback. David Aaron Cohen (Friday Night Lights) is working on the script.
And Julian Fellowes is writing a new film version of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, based on the classic children's novel featuring an iconic mole, rat, toad and badger. Ray Griggs is directing the film, which will be made with performance capture technology in New Zealand.
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