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Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe are being lined up to play the parents of Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) in BOY ERASED, based on Garrard Conley's memoir about being forced to attend to his Arkansas church's conversion-therapy programme to "cure" his homosexuality. Joel Edgerton is writing, directing and costarring.
Tom Hardy is apparently Guy Ritchie's choice to play the villainous Jafar in the live-action remake of Disney's ALADDIN. The pair previously worked together on 2008's RocknRolla. Casting is underway for the lead roles, with Will Smith lined up to play the genie.
Forest Whitaker will join Theo James in HOW IT ENDS, an apocalyptic thriller about a young father travelling across the country to get home to his pregnant wife. Filming starts next month in Winnipeg with director David M Rosenthal.
Helen Hunt will star in the ghostly horror thriller I SEE YOU, about the unfaithful wife of a detective investigating a child kidnapping case. And her growing sense of guilt begins to put the family in danger. Adam Randall (iBoy) is directing.
Zhang Ziyi is the latest new cast member for GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, Michael Dougherty's sequel starring Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, O'Shea Jackson Jr and Aisha Hinds.
Meanwhile, O'Shea Jackson Jr will play the title role in DOCK, a biopic about Dock Ellis, the baseball star who was outspoken about racism and once admitted that he never played a game sober. Jackson's father Ice Cube is producing.
William Fichtner will star in and make his directing debut with the drama COLD BROOK, about two guys in a small town who embark on an extraordinary adventure. Costars include Kim Coates and Harold Perrineau.
Falk Hentschel (The Flash/Arrow) will play the antagonist in MARWENCOL, Robert Zemeckis' film based on the documentary about a man (Steve Carell) who builds a miniature WWII-era village as part of his recovery after a violent assault. Costars include Janelle Monae and Leslie Mann.
Shioli Kutsuna (Oh Lucy) has landed a major role in DEADPOOL 2, again starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapacic and Leslie Uggams, plus Josh Brolin, Zazie Beets and Jack Kesy. David Leitch is directing.
And Rawson Thurber (Central Intelligence) is planning another reboot of CANNONBALL RUN, the all-star cross-country road-race movies that started in the 1980s. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are working on the script. A-list actors are being sought.
Melissa McCarthy will star in and cowrite MARGIE CLAUS, a musical comedy adventure about a rescue mission Mrs Santa launches when her husband goes missing while delivering presents on Christmas Eve. Ben Falcone will direct.
Michael B Jordan will reteam once again with Ryan Cooglar for WRONG ANSWER, which chronicles a real-life scandal in which Atlanta public schools were caught cheating on standardised tests to keep their schools from shutting down. The actor and filmmaker previously worked together on Fruitvale Station, Creed and the forthcoming Black Panther.
Meanwhile, Sofia Boutella has joined Jordan and Michael Shannon in the remake of FAHRENHEIT 451, based on Ray Bradbury's classic novel about near-future fireman whose job is to burn banned books. Ramin Bahrani is directing.
Al Pacino will star in a biopic about JOE PATERNO, the acclaimed American football coach whose career was tarnished by the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State. Barry Levinson is directing.
Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria are producing and starring in a comedy called 24-7. The plot is being kept under wraps, aside from the fact that it's set in a workplace. Sarah Rothschild (Love Unlimited) is writing the script.
Jon Hamm is joining the cast of the comedy TAG, about adults who play an epic version of the kids' game. The film also stars Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Rashida Jones and Annabelle Wallis. Jeff Tomsic is directing.
Elizabeth Debicki has joined the cast of Luc Besson's VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, just under two months before the movie hits cinemas. She's providing the voice for an animated character. The intergalactic adventure stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne.
Alison Brie, Bradley Whitford, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Carrie Coon, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Jesse Plemons, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts and Zach Woods have joined Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in THE PAPERS, Steven Spielberg's film about the 1971 Pentagon Papers scandal unearthed by The Washington Post.
Hasan Minaj (The Daily Show) and Sam Heughan (Outlander) are joining Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis in the action-comedy THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME, about two friends who are drawn into a dangerous undercover mission by one of their exes. Susanna Fogel is directing.
And the busy Nicolas Cage has added another project to his schedule, the action thriller MANDY. Set in the early 1980s, it's about a man who enters a deep forest to hunt down the creepy isolationist biker sect who killed the woman he loved. Panos Cosmatos is directing.
Jake Gyllenhaal will star in THE LOST AIRMAN, an adventure based on the true story of an American turret-gunner who is shot down over France during WWII and spent six months hiding with the local resistance.
Maya Rudolph, Jane Krakowski, Terry Crews, Martin Short and Sean Cullen will voice characters in THE WILLOUGHBYS, an animated adventure based on the book about four children who have been abandoned by their self-centred parents. Ricky Gervais will narrate the story.
Elizabeth McGovern, Patrick Fugit, Bryan Burton, Charlotte Best, Chris Parnell, Siddharth Dhananjay and David Sullivan are starring in A NAME WITHOUT A PLACE, a dramatic adventure about a shy young man who develops a relationship with an ageing movie star.
Bradley Whitford is the latest actor to join GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, the sequel also starring Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, O'Shea Jackson and Aisha Hinds.
Taye Diggs, Zoe Deutch and Glenn Powell will star in SET IT UP, a romantic-comedy about two assistants who plot to get their bosses to start dating so they'll leave them alone. Claire Scanlon is directing.
Theo James will star in the action thriller HOW IT ENDS, about a mysterious apocalyptic event that leaves a young man desperately trying to cross the country to get home to his pregnant wife. Director David Rosenthal starts filming in Canada next month.
Johnny Simmons, Katie Aselton Duplass, Christopher McDonald and Stephanie Drake will star in the horror-comedy DEEP MURDER, about a serial killer stalking actors and filmmakers in a studio that makes soft-porn movies. Nick Corirossi (Funny or Die) is directing.
Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Iqbal Theba (Glee) will star in THE ILLEGAL, a comedy-drama about illegal immigrants working in a Los Angeles restaurant. Danish Renzu is writing and directing.
Ron Howard will direct a documentary about opera legend LUCIANO PAVAROTTI, tracing his life with full access to the singer's personal archives, interviews and performance footage. Editor Paul Crowder (The Beatles: Eight Days a Week) is also on board.
And 28 years after he started, Terry Gilliam has wrapped production on THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE, a spin on the Cervantes classic starring Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgard and Olga Kurylenko. His aborted first attempt to shoot the film in 2000 was documented in Lost in La Mancha.
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