Ron HowardChristian Bale made headlines for his immense weight loss for his role in The Machinist, but for his next role, he’s going the other way. Bale has reportedly been packing on the pounds to play former vice-president Dick Cheney in an upcoming biopic directed by Bale’s Big Short helmer Adam McKay. Photos of the heavier Bale can be seen here.

Amazon has acquired the rights to Aaron Sorkin‘s upcoming drama Lucy and Desi, and Deadline reports that Cate Blanchett is now attached to star as iconic comedienne Lucille Ball.

According to Deadline, TriStar are looking to finance and distribute Bronco Belle, with Natalie Portman negotiating to star as aspiring bull rider Raylene Jackson. The film centers on a waitress with a dream to be a champion bull rider, who is helped on her journey by a crusty veteran mentor while meeting resistance on the rodeo circuit.

Another week and more casting news for the live action big screen update of The Lion King. Alfre Woodard will reportedly play Sarabi, Simba’s mom, in the new version, with Captain America: Civil War actor John Kani being cast as the baboon Rafiki.

With Ron Howard coming on board to direct Han Solo, the question has bene posed if Howard’s character actor brother Clint will be cast. Howard responded to a query on Twitter stating, “You won’t be disappointed.”

Deadline reports that Riz Ahmed is in early talks to join Tom Hardy in Venom, a spin-off film about Spider-Man’s arch nemesis.

Jennifer Garner is reportedly circling the new action film Peppermint. Deadline reports that the revenge thriller finds Garner waking from a coma after her husband and daughter are gunned down in a drive-by and seeking justice against all those she holds responsible for the action.

Oscar nominee Ruth Negga has landed a role in the new sci-fi epic Ad Astra. Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones are also involved in the film, but details about their roles are being kept under wraps. According to the Hollywood Reporter, James Gray will direct the film based on a script he also co-wrote with Ethan Gross.

Universal will release Cowboy Ninja Viking, the latest Chris Pratt vehicle, on June 28, 2019. Based off a graphic novel, the film centers on an assassin (Pratt) who manifests the toughest skills of the three personas in the film’s title.

Milla Jovovich is ready for a new kind of hell. The Resident Evil star has jumped into another franchise reboot, joining David Harbour and Ian McShane in the next Hellboy film. Deadline reports the actress is in final talks to join the cast, but the nature of her role has not been revealed.

Jack O’Connell and Laura Dern will star in Trial by Fire. Deadline reports that the film centers on a poor, heavy metal devotee (O’Connell) who is wrongly convicted of a triple homicide in the arson deaths of three children. Dern stars as a Texas housewife who forms a bond with the death row inmate who fought for his freedom.

Andy Garcia will join Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen in the upcoming Bill Holderman-directed film Book Club. The movie focuses on a group of friends in their 60s who read 50 Shades of Grey at their book club and have their lives changed.

Judy Greer has joined the cast of the new thriller Driven. Deadline reports that the movie follows Jim Hoffman (Jason Sudeikis) as a con artist-turned FBI informant on the war on drugs. Greer will play Hoffman’s wife, while the movie also stars Lee Pace and Timothy Olyphant.

Anna Paquin has signed on for the upcoming period piece film Tell It to the Bees. According to Deadline, Paquin will play a doctor who returns home in the ’50s to take over her late father’s practice and begins to form a bond with the mother (Holliday Grainger) of one of her young patients.

I’m Not There director Todd Haynes is venturing back into the world of music. Dark Horizons reports that the auteur is planning to direct his first documentary feature, which will be based the trippy experimental rock group The Velvet Underground.

Though he’s known for his behind the scenes work on Sons of Anarchy, Kurt Sutter will be in front of the camera for the new Doug Liman-directed film Chaos Walking. Sutter will join Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley in the futuristic film about a guy named Todd (Holland) who lives on a distant planet that’s viewed as the new hope for humanity until a virus strikes it. But Todd soon discovers that a young woman (Ridley) may hold the key to unlocking the planet’s many secrets. Sutter will star as Cillian, a farmer who adopted Todd at a young age.

Kevin Dillon, Dax Shepard, Oliva Munn, James Roday and Dan Bakkedahl have all landed roles in a new film called The Buddy Games. Deadline reports the movie stars Josh Duhamel, who also makes his directorial debut, and centers on a group of thirtysomething friends who reunite as adults to play one of their childhood games and possibly right past wrongs. Nick Swardson and WWE star Sheamus also have roles in the film.