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Carrie Fisher will be back as Princes Leia for STAR WARS EPISODE IX. The actress had completed filming on Episode VIII: The Last Jedi before her death, and producers say they have enough footage to continue her role into the final episode of the trilogy. Colin Trevorrow is directing. On the other hand, producers now say this isn't happening.
Dwayne Johnson will star in and produce JUNGLE CRUISE, based on the Disneyland ride through a variety of rivers including the Nile, Congo, Zambezi and Amazon. There's no director on board yet, and the script is still in the works.
Michael Keaton may reteam with Tim Burton for the live-action remake of Disney's animated classic DUMBO. Costars include Colin Farrell, Eva Green and Danny DeVito. The script is by Ehren Kruger.
Meanwhile, Farrell is up for a role in WIDOWS, Steve McQueen's heist thriller starring Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, Daniel Kaluuya and Andre Holland. It's adapted from the 1983 British miniseries.
Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood will star in the drama JUANITA, Based on the book Dancing on the Edge of the Roof, about an overworked maid for an Ohio family who moves to Montana to reinvent herself. Director Clark Johnson started filming this week.
Tobey Maguire will make his directing debut with BLOOD ON SNOW, adapted from the Jo Nesbo novella about a hitman who is assigned by his crime kingpin boss to murder his adulterous wife, but of course ends up falling for her.
Jeffrey Wright will play an FBI agent in GAME NIGHT, a black comedy also starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams as a couple whose regular board game evening with friends takes a sinister turn. Costars include Jesse Plemons and Kyle Chandler.
Connie Nielsen, Tom Wilkinson and Shea Whigham are joining the cast of THE CATCHER WAS A SPY, based on the true story of Moe Berg (Paul Rudd), a baseball pro who was also a secret agent. Costars include Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti, Jeff Daniels, Sienna Miller, Mark Strong and Giancarlo Giannini.
Margaret Avery, Xander Berkeley and Neal McDonough have joined Taraji P Henson and Donald Glover in PROUD MARY, a thriller about a hitwoman whose life takes an unexpected turn when a hit goes bad and she meets a young boy. Babak Najafi is directing.
And Simon Pegg will star in LOST TRANSMISSIONS as a record producer who stops taking his meds for schizophrenia. So one of his songwriter friends chases him down to try to get him to go for treatment. Screenwriter Katharine O'Brien is making her directing debut.
Daniel Craig looks likely to return for a fifth JAMES BOND movie. There's no word on the plot, but the script is again by Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, and presumably Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw will be back as well. Producer Barbara Broccoli is also still waiting to secure a director.
Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Steve Carell are being lined to star in Adam McKay's biopic about Dick Cheney, the controversial vice president during George W Bush's presidency. Adams and Bale, who are set to play the Cheneys, previously costarred in American Hustle. Carell is playing Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Tom Hardy will team up with director Pablo Larrain for THE TRUE AMERICAN, based on the story of a real-life Bangladeshi immigrant who was a victim of a hate crime in the days following 9/11, then turned around and defended his attacker in court.
Channing Tatum will provide the voice of George Washington for the animated AMERICA: THE MOTION PICTURE. Plot details remain under wraps, other than the fact that it's a revisionist history. Matt Thompson (Archer) is directing from a script by Dave Callaham (The Expendables).
Gina Rodriguez is lined up to star in an English-language remake of MISS BALA, the acclaimed 2011 Mexican drama about a beauty pageant contestant who gets caught up with a brutal drug gang. Catherine Hardwicke may direct.
Jeremy Renner and Hannibal Buress will join Ed Helms in TAG, a comedy based on the true story of a group of friends who have been staging a full-on version of the children's game for more than 30 years. Jeff Tomsic is directing.
John Travolta will star in SPEED KILLS, a drama about millionaire boat racing champ Don Aronow, who created the Cigarette speedboat before getting caught up with drug cartels. He was murdered in 1987. John Lussenhop is directing.
Billy Crystal will star in REVIVAL, the story of a legendary Broadway composer who, after a nasty divorce, has ended up writing advertising jingles. Then he discovers that a high school is staging his most famous musical, and he decides to shut down the production. Barry Levinson is directing.
Stellan Skarsgard, Harvey Keitel and Udo Kier will star in THE PAINTED BIRD, based on the controversial Jerzy Kosinski novel about a boy (9-year-old Czech actor Petr Kotlar) who travels around Eastern Europe during WWII, hiding his Jewish identity to escape both the Nazis and local collaborators.
Maika Monroe, Jeremy White Allen and Sasha Lane will star in SHOTGUN, an offbeat comedy-drama about a couple that speeds up their romance when one of them is diagnosed with a life-changing illness. Hannah Marks and Joey Power are writing and directing.
Cary Elwes, Matthew Modine, Judd Hirsch and Greer Grammer will star in BURNING AT BOTH ENDS, a drama about a group of resistance radio broadcasters in Nazi-occupied France during WWII. Matthew Hill and Landon Johnson are writing and directing.
And Ridley Scott is planning to direct a film about the BATTLE OF BRITAIN, the 112-day aerial fight between the RAF and Hitler's Luftwaffe in 1940, which was a turning point in the war. The script is by Matthew Orton (Operation Finale).
Beyonce is the top choice to voice Nala in the remake of THE LION KING, which Jon Favreau will direct in the style of his remake of The Jungle Book. Donald Glover will voice Simba, and James Earl Jones is back as Mufasa. The script is by Jeff Nathanson.
Michelle Williams, Kevin Spacey and Mark Wahlberg are lined up to star in ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, a thriller about the 1973 kidnapping of oil heir John Paul Getty III, and the messy family issues surrounding it. Director Ridley Scott plans to start filming in Italy next month.
Armie Hammer will reteam with Ben Wheatley for FREAKSHIFT, a sci-fi horror about a group of misfit cops hunting down murderous monsters. Alicia Vikander costars. Whratley wrote the script with Amy Jump.
Liam Neeson will star in MARLOWE, a 1950s mystery featuring the iconic detective created by Raymond Chandler. This film is based on Benjamin Black's book The Black-Eyed Blonde, with William Monahan adapting the script.
Logan Lerman and Olivia Cooke will star in THE TRACKING OF A RUSSIAN SPY, based on the true story of a guy who meets a Russian woman in a New York nightclub, then travels to Moscow to find her when she mysteriously disappears. Nima Nourizadeh is directing.
Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris will also be back for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6, which reunites director Christopher McQuarrie with Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg, plus Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby and Sian Brooke. On the other hand, Jeremy Renner is too busy with the Avengers movies to return to the team.
Michelle Yeoh, Constance Wu and Henry Golding will star in CRAZY RICH ASIANS, based on the bestseller about a Chinese economics professor who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend and discovers that his family is inconceivably wealthy. Nick Young is directing.
O'Shea Jackson Jr is up for a role in GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, the sequel starring Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown, plus the returning Ken Watanabe. Michael Doughery (Krampus) is directing.
Grant Gustin and Alison Sudol are joining THE LAST FULL MEASURE, based on the true story of an investigation into a major cover-up at the Pentagon. Filming starts this weekend with a cast that includes Sebastian Stan, Samuel L Jackson, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Bradley Whitford, Michael Imperioli and Linus Roache.
And Joss Whedon will write and direct a BATGIRL movie, which will apparently centre on Barbara Gordon after she has recovered from a terrible injury inflicted on her by The Joker. Costars could include Ben Affleck (as Batman), Jared Leto (as Joker) and JK Simmons (as Commissioner Gordon, Barbara's father).
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