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Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Harry Styles and Austin Butler are reportedly in the running to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's planned epic musical biopic. Tom Hanks is up for the role as his iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker, and the script centres on their relationship.
Mary J Blige, Michael McKean, Odeya Rush and Evan Ross are joining the ensemble of PINK SKIES AHEAD, about a young woman (Jessica Barden) whose life unravels when she drops out of university. Also on board are Marcia Gay Harden, Henry Winkler, Rosa Salazar and Lewis Pullman.
Jamie Dornan is joining the cast of BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR, written by and starring Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo as Midwestern friends who go on a Florida vacation and find themselves entangled with a handsome spy. Josh Greenbaum is directing.
Halle Bailey has landed the title role in THE LITTLE MERMAID, a live-action remake of the animated Disney musical. Costars include Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina. Rob Marshall is directing. Original composer Alan Menken is writing additional songs with Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Fiona Shaw, Sam Claflin and Adeel Akhtar are joining the cast of ENOLA HOLMES, based on the book series about the eponymous sleuth (Millie Bobby Brown), sister of Sherlock (Henry Cavill). Helena Bonham Carter plays their mother. Harry Bradbeer is directing.
Kate Hudson, Craig Robinson, Ed Skrein, Evan Whitten and Jun Jong-Seo (Burning) have joined the cast of MONA LISA AND THE BLOOD MOON, a fantasy about a girl with supernatural abilities who breaks out of a mental hospital to try and live on her own. Ana Lily Amirpour is directing.
Terry Crews says that Marlon and Shawn Wayans are indeed working on a sequel to WHITE CHICKS, their 2004 comedy about two FBI agent brothers go undercover as women to protect two sisters from a kidnapping plot.
Jayma Mays, Erinn Hayes, Jillian Bell and Beck Bennett have joined the cast of BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC, which is currently shooting with Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves reprising their iconic characters. Costars include William Sadler, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Kid Cudi and Anthony Carrigan. Dean Parisot is directing.
Finn Cole, Anna Sawai and Vinnie Bennett have joined the cast of FAST & FURIOUS 9, which will again feature Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges and Nathalie Emmanuel. Justin Lin is back as director.
And Mario Van Peebles will write, direct and star the Western OUTLAW POSSE, which he's describing as a spiritual sequel to his 1993 Posse, about a posse of black cowboys seeking justice in the lawless late-1800s. No word on whether other stars will be back, including Pam Grier, Billy Zane, Blair Underwood and Isaac Hayes.
Melissa McCarthy is up for the role of the villainous Ursula in the live-action remake of Disney's 1989 animated musical THE LITTLE MERMAID. Zendaya, Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay are also lined up. Rob Marshall is directing from a script by David Magee.
Henry Cavill will play Sherlock Holmes in a film based on the ENOLA HOLMES series of books, tracing the adventures of Sherlock and Mycroft's teen sister. Millie Bobby Brown has the title role, with Helena Bonham Carter as their mother. Harry Bradbeer is directing.
Salma Hayek is up for a role in THE ETERNALS, based on the Marvel comic about a group of immortals who take on an army of archrivals. Also lined up for the cast are Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani and Ma Dong-seok. Chloe Zhao is directing.
Paul Rudd is set to join the cast of GHOSTBUSTERS 3, along with other new cast members Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace. Returning stars include Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Annie Potts. Jason Reitman is directing.
Liam Hemsworth will star in a still-untitled dark thriller about a terminally ill man who takes a dangerous job to take care of his pregnant wife, but there's a nasty twist. Phil Abraham (Mad Men) is directing from a script by Nick Santora (The Sopranos).
Mark Wahlberg is lined up to star in the supernatural action thriller INFINITE, based on the novel The Reincarnationist Papers, about a group of men and women who are reborn over the centuries in order to defeat an evil mastermind. Antoine Fuqua is directing.
Tomasz Kot (Cold War) will star in NIKOLA, a biopic about Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla. The film will trace his series of scientific breakthroughs relating to electric power and wireless communications. Anand Tucker is writing and directing.
Danny Boyle and Alex Garland are developing a third film in the 28 Days Later series - 28 MONTHS LATER, perhaps? It's apparently still at the idea stage at this point, but it's moving forward. The first two films were released in 2002 and 2007.
And Taika Waititi is developing an animated FLASH GORDON movie, adapting the 1930s comic into a blockbuster-style adventure. It's the story of an athlete who gets dragged unwittingly into an intergalactic conflict.
George Clooney will direct and star in GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT, based on the post-apocalyptic novel about an Arctic scientist working to make contact with an astronaut who is trying to return to Earth. Mark L Smith is working on the script.
Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Awkwafina, James Corden, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells and Ariana Grande are set to star in Ryan Murphy's film of the hit musical THE PROM, about has-been theatre actors who help an Indiana teen girl whose high school prom was cancelled because she wanted to bring her girlfriend.
Annette Bening is lined up to play a role in DEATH ON THE NILE, Kenneth Branagh's all-star follow-up to his adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. Branagh is back as Poitor, with Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Letitia Wright, Tom Bateman and Jodie Comer costarring.
Constance Wu will star in GOODBYE, VITAMIN, based on the novel about a woman who stages a fake history class so her father can continue to teach after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Jennifer Yee McDevitt is writing the script.
Lakeith Stanfield and Olivia Cooke are up for lead roles in a live-action fairy tale movie, which is being kept closely under wraps at the moment. Susan Johnson (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) is directing from a script by Cat Vasko.
Diana Rigg and Terence Stamp have joined the cast of Edgar Wright's LAST NIGHT IN SOHO, a psychological thriller that has just begun filming around London. Costars include Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie and Rita Tushingham.
Emile Hirsch and Zach Braff are joining Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones in the action comedy THE COMEBACK TRAIL, about a has-been actor and a desperate filmmaker who concoct an insurance scam to pay off a mob debt. George Gallo is directing.
Jason Isaacs, Paul Kaye, Thomas Turgoose, Ed Byrne, Steven Berkoff and Mel Raido have joined the cast of CREATION STORIES, the biopic about iconic music manager Alan McGee (Ewen Bremner), who was responsible for such bands as Oasis, Primal Scream and the Jesus and Mary Chain. Nick Moran is directing from a script by Irvine Welsh.
Zachary Levi is up for the lead role in SPY GUYS, an action comedy about an undercover agent who gets caught up in a dangerous mission and turns to his chucklehead university friends for help. Jeff Tomsic (Tag) is directing from a script by Adam Sztykiel (Rampage).
And after tinkering with Star Wars and documentaries, Ron Howard is turning his hand to animation, with a big screen adaptation of THE SHRINKING OF TREEHORN, based on the book about a young man who becomes smaller after playing a strange game. The plan is to match the visual style to Edward Gorey's illustrations in the book.
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