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The White Queen

Mission: Impossible 5: Rebecca Ferguson, who starred as Queen Elizabeth in the U.K. drama series The White Queen, is reportedly the choice of Tom Cruise, director Christopher McQuarrie and the studio for the female lead in Mission: Impossible 5, though she hasn't yet been offered the role described as "some sort of assassin." Meanwhile, Alec Baldwin is in talks to costar as the head of the CIA. [Deadline/Variety]

 

The Man Who Wasn't There

Hail Caesar!: The Coen brothers are assembling an all-star cast for Hail Caesar!, their upcoming comedy set in Hollywood during the 1950s. Scarlett Johansson (who previously appeared in 2001's The Man Who Wasn't There for the Coens) and Jonah Hill are the latest stars in talks to join the cast, which already includes Josh Brolin and George Clooney; Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes are also in talks to appear in the movie, which aims to begin production this fall. [Variety/The Wrap]

 

Mr. Holmes

Mr. Holmes: Ian McKellen shared a first-look photo of himself in character as Sherlock Holmes. The actor is playing the famed detective in Mr. Holmes, based on A Slight Trick of the Mind, a novel by Mitch Cullin about the 93-year-old character, "obsessing over one final case." Bill Condon, who worked with McKellen on Gods and Monsters, is directing. [Twitter/EW.com]

 

Starred Up

Starred Up Trailer: The critically acclaimed British prison drama Starred Up is heading to the U.S. on August 29, and the first trailer has been released. Jack O'Connell (Angelina Jolie's upcoming Unbroken) stars as a violent young man who is incarcerated in the same facility as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn). [YouTube]

 

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