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Natalie Portman is lined up to star in Ridley Scott's true drama ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, about Gail Harris' attempt to get her father-in-law, billionaire John Paul Getty, to pay the ransom for her kidnapped son John Paul Getty III. The ordeal lasted for six months in 1973.
Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams will team up to make a movie based on the book A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEE, the story of a Syrian refugee who fled from Egypt and, after a shipwreck, survived for days floating in an inflatable ring with her two young children in her arms..
Anne Hathaway will produce and star in THE LIFEBOAT, based on the true story of a woman who survived a 1914 shipwreck while she was on trial for murder, then realises that there are too many people in the lifeboat. Deniz Gamze Erguven is directing from a script by William Broyles.
Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion and Lea DeLaria have joined the voice cast for CARS 3, which opens this summer. In this one, Lightning (Owen Wilson) is pushed out of his sport by a new generation of super-fast racers.
Dave Bautista and Jaime King will star in a sequel to ESCAPE PLAN, the 2013 prison-break thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Steven C Miller is directing from a script by returning screenwriter Miles Chapman.
TJ Miller and Jessica Henwick are joining Kristen Stewart in the disaster thriller UNDERWATER, about an undersea laboratory that's damaged by an earthquake. William Eubank (The Signal) is directing from a script by Brian Duffield.
Danny Glover is set to join Taraji P Henson in PROUD MARY, a thriller about an assassin who is forced to tap into her maternal side when she rescues a young boy. Babak Najafi (London Has Fallen) is directing from a script by John Stuart Newman and Christian Swegal.
Molly Shannon, Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti will star in PRIVATE LIFE, about a couple struggling to navigate the world of infertility treatment and adoption services. Tamara Jenkins is writing and directing.
Kevin Sorbo will star in another religious-themed drama, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, about a student whose protests against the removal of the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance have an impact on the presidential election. Lisa Arnold is writing and directing.
And 18-year-old singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes will make his movie acting debut in SUMMER OF LOVE, an original movie musical set on a road trip during the iconic summer of 1967. Ivan Reitman is writing and directing.
Hugh Jackman and Noomi Rapace are lined up to star in FERRARI, Michael Man's biopic about how Enzo Ferrari redefined Italian sports cars, in the process creating Formula One racing. Set in 1957, the story centres on the rivalry between Ferrari and Maserati.
Margot Robbie will star in MARIAN, a continuation of the Robin Hood story in which the vigilante's female sidekick takes over his role after his death. This movie isn't related to either of the Robin Hood movies currently in production.
Samuel L Jackson is joining the cast of THE LAST FULL MEASURE, reteaming with Avengers costar Sebastian Stan, plus Christopher Plummer, Bradley Whitford, William Hurt, Michael Imperioli and Linus Roache. It's about an investigator trying to get recognition for an unsung war hero. Todd Robinson is directing.
Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included) will star in a remake of the 1987 comedy OVERBOARD, about an heiress who loses her memory and falls in love with a carpenter. The remake reverses the gender, with Derbez playing a spoiled Mexican playboy. Rob Greenberg and Bob Fisher are directing.
Liam Neeson has joined the cast of Steve McQueen's heist thriller WIDOWS, which is based on a 1983 British miniseries about four women who complete the robbery in which their husbands were killed. Neeson will play the late husband of Viola Davis. Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Daniel Kaluuya and Andre Holland costar.
Uma Thurman will reteam with Lars von Trier for THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT, a thriller told from the perspective of a serial killer (Matt Dillon). Costars include Riley Keough, Bruno Ganz, Siobhan Fallon Hogan and Sofie Grabol. Filming is underway in Sweden.
Eva Green and Danny DeVito are up for roles in DUMBO, Disney's live-action style remake about a baby circus elephant who discovers that he can fly. Apparently, deals for Will Smith and Chris Pine to costar have now fallen through. Tim Burton is directing from a script by Ehren Kruger.
Jason Momoa will star in JUST CAUSE, based on the action-adventure videogame set around a CIA operative who also works as a mercenary to overthrow dictatorships. Brad Peyton is directing from a script by John Collee.
Geraldine Chaplin has joined the cast of the JURASSIC WORLD sequel, reteaming with her frequent director JA Bayona. Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong are back from the previous film, along with Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine and James Cromwell. Filming is underway.
And Tracy Morgan and Luke Wilson are lined up to star in THE SH*THEADS, a black comedy about two idiots who are hired to escort a troubled teenage millionaire to rehab. Sundance winner Macon Blair is writing and directing.
Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are teaming up for THE POST, which tells the true story of the Washington Post's investigation into the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The script is by Liz Hannah.
Ryan Gosling will produce and possibly star in THE UNDERWATER WELDER, based on the graphic novel about a construction worker who has a supernatural encounter at the bottom of the sea.
Jared Leto is being lined up to star in TRON: ASCENSION, the long-gestating third movie in the series. It's possible that Jeff Bridges will be back, and perhaps also Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen and director Joseph Kosinski.
Michael K Williams has joined the HAN SOLO Star Wars story, which is now in production with a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing.
Mickey Rourke will star in UNHINGED, a supernatural horror movie about a psychiatrist trying to stop an escaped patient from killing five people he has taken hostage. Mark Atkins is directing from a script by Ian Holt.
Lizzy Caplan is joining Michael Pena in the sci-fi thriller EXTINCTION, about a man trying to save his family during an alien invasion. Ben Young is directing from a script by Eric Heisserer (Arrival).
Hiroyuki Sanada has joined the cast of THE CATCHER WAS A SPY, based on the true story of a professional baseball player (Paul Rudd) who was secretly working with the US government to develop the atomic bomb during WWII. Costars include Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels.
David Harbour (Stranger Things) is up for the iconic role of the time-travelling mutant Cable in the DEADPOOL sequel, which will again star Ryan Reynolds as the irreverent super-antihero. David Leitch is directing from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Haley Lu Richardson (Split) will play Leslie Mann's daughter in THE PACT, a comedy about three parents trying to stop their daughters from losing their virginity as planned on prom night. Costars include John Cena and Ike Barinholtz; Kay Cannon is directing.
And Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) has landed the female lead role opposite Tom Cruise in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6. Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg will all be back for more action, as will writer-director Christopher McQuarrie.
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