xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage: Vin Diesel stripped down and shared two new photos from xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, both featuring him with Bollywood star Deepika Padukone. The action sequel, now in production, also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Jet Li. It's aiming for release next year. [Facebook/Instagram]

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

 

Michael Pitt

Ghost in the Shell: Michael Pitt (TV's Boardwalk Empire) will portray a villainous character known as the Laughing Man in the upcoming adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. Scarlett Johansson will star as a cyborg in the sci-fi movie, which follows a task force that deals with very dangerous criminals. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) will direct; it's scheduled for release on March 31, 2017. [THR]

 

James Franco

Zola: James Franco will direct Zola, based on the true account of a stripper's road trip. It's drawn from a Rolling Stone article by David Kushner, which in turn was inspired by a long series of messages posted on Twitter by Azia "Zola" Wells about her eventful journey to Florida in the company of her friend Jessica, Jessica's boyfriend and Jessica's pimp. [Variety]

 

The Driftless Area

The Driftless Area Trailer: In the first trailer for The Driftless Area, a battered-and-bruised Anton Yelchin receives assistance from Zooey Deschanel in an isolated forest, shortly before she reveals that she's dead. John Hawkes, Alia Shawkat, Ciaran Hinds and Frank Langella star; the movie will be released in April. [Movieclips]