By Will Robinson
Updated August 04, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
Will Smith
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  • Collateral Beauty has swapped out Hugh Jackman for Will Smith in the lead role. Rooney Mara will also star. The plot focuses on an advertising bigwig who has to rally back from a tragedy in his life through atypical means. Shooting for Alfonso Gomez-Rejon‘s movie on Allan Loeb‘s script begins in October. [Deadline]
  • John Legend may pop up in the acting world. The Oscar-winning singer-songwriter is in negotiations to join La La Land, written and directed by Whiplash‘s Damien Chazelle. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are the leads — the former a pianist, the latter an actress — who fall in love, but have to endure what comes with fame. J.K. Simmons is also in the film and reunites with Chazelle. The movie is due July 15, 2016. [Variety]
  • La La Land did land a new cast member for sure: Rosemarie Dewitt. [Deadline]
  • Could Hailee Steinfeld be this generation’s Molly Ringwald? The Pitch Perfect 2 actress has been tapped as the lead in what’s described as a John Hughes-type coming-of-age movie, produced by James L. Brooks. Kelly Fremon Craig will make her directorial debut on a script she penned, centered around two close teenage girls whose relationship becomes rocky when one dates the other’s older brother. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Neighbors 2 is bringing back another actress from the original film. Carla Gallo is on her way back for the sequel reprising her role as Rose Byrne‘s friend, Paula. Plot details are still unknown. Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Byrne are all back from the first film, too, while Chloë Grace Moretz is a newcomer. Nicholas Stoller returns as director. [The Wrap]
  • Rachid Djaidani could have landed few bigger names than Gérard Depardieu for his second film. The legendary French actor is on board for French Tour and will play the father of a producer of a rising French-Arab rapper in a film parts comedic and dramatic. Filming began recently. [Variety]
  • Amanda Bauer and Jack DePew are the latest to be recruited to The Happys. In Tom Gould and John Serpe‘s film, Bauer plays the lead in Tracy, a woman who encounters her boyfriend, Mark (DePew) with a man. She then moves out to Los Angels to find herself. Janeane Garofalo, Melissa McBride, and Rhys Ward will also appear in the movie. [The Wrap]
  • Zach Braff‘s next movie adds Joey King. The young actress will play the granddaughter of Michael Caine in Going In Style, a remake of the 1979 heist movie. Three elderly men (Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin) plot to become criminals to make their senior years cooler. Braff directs a script written by Ted Melfi. [Deadline]
  • Aimee Garcia has jumped to Sister Cities, added to a cast with Jacki Weaver and Alfred Molina. The movie traces four sisters who meet up after the supposed suicide of their mother. Garcia will play the girlfriend of Jess Weixler‘s character, one of the sisters. Filming is in progress for Sean Hanish‘s movie, which is planned to be released in 2016. [The Wrap]
  • War Machine, a semi-biographical comedy based on Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan tabbed Emory Cohen. Already starring Brad Pitt as the movie’s version of General Stanley McChrystal. Cohen will be a part of his squad. David Michôd writes and directs the Netflix project. [Deadline]