What the Oscar Nominees Are Doing Next

8:00 AM 2/25/2017

by Rebecca Ford and Borys Kit

Emma Stone's booked for Disney's 'Cruella,' Casey Affleck is directing a movie (starring himself), and Jeff Bridges has three projects in 2017 as THR looks at the white-hot movies with momentum.

Emma Stone and Mahershala Ali
Emma Stone and Mahershala Ali
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  • Casey Affleck, 41

    Manchester by the Sea

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    He’ll next star in and direct Light of My Life from a script he wrote. The survival tale is currently in production in Canada. Then he'll shoot David Lowery’s The Old Man and the Gun with Robert Redford in the spring.

  • Mahershala Ali, 43

    Moonlight

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    Now shooting Robert Rodriguez's Alita: Battle Angel, he joins Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum in J.C. Chandor's Triple Frontier.

  • Jeff Bridges, 67

    Hell or High Water

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    Bridges has three films in 2017: The Kingsman sequel, Joseph Kosinski's Granite Mountain and Marc Webb's The Only Living Boy in New York for Amazon.

  • Damien Chazelle, 32

    La La Land

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    Chazelle will helm Universal's nonmusical Neil Armstrong film First Man (starring Ryan Gosling), which he aims to shoot toward year's end.

  • Viola Davis, 51

    Fences

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    She’ll shoot the fourth season of How to Get Away With Murder, and she’ll star in Steve McQueen’s Widows, which also will feature André Holland. And she’s attached to drama The Personal History of Rachel DuPree with Quvenzhané Wallis.

  • Andrew Garfield, 33

    Hacksaw Ridge

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    Garfield has wrapped work on Andy Serkis’ directorial effort Breathe and David Robert Mitchell’s crime thriller Under the Silver Lake. He’ll next take to the stage for Angels in America in London at the Royal National Theatre, running through Aug. 20.

  • Mel Gibson, 61

    Hacksaw Ridge

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    He’s back to acting: He’s wrapped work opposite Natalie Dormer in Farhad Safinia’s The Professor and the Madman and next heads to Daddy's Home 2, his first studio film in years. He is also attached to reunite with Vince Vaughn for the indie crime drama Dragged Across Concrete and is being courted to direct Suicide Squad 2 for Warner Bros.

  • Ryan Gosling, 36

    La La Land

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    He’s wrapped work on Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, and next will reunite with La La Land director Damien Chazelle to play Neil Armstrong in First Man for Universal, which is looking to shoot toward the end of 2017.

  • Naomie Harris, 40

    Moonlight

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    Harris next stars with Dwayne Johnson in the actioner Rampage, which shoots in the spring.

  • Lucas Hedges, 20

    Manchester by the Sea

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    Hedges has wrapped work on Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird and indie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with Peter Dinklage and Woody Harrelson. He’ll continue to star in the off-Broadway show Yen through March 4.

  • Isabelle Huppert, 60

    Elle

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    The French actress is shooting Benoit Jacquot's drama Eva.

  • Barry Jenkins, 37

    Moonlight

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    He's helmed an episode of Netflix's Dear White People and is writing a film about Olympic boxing champion Claressa "T-Rex" Shields for Universal.

  • Nicole Kidman, 49

    Lion

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    She’s currently shooting Untouchables (the remake of the French hit Intouchables) with Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart. Then she’ll move on to playing the mother of Aquaman in the DC/Warner Bros. film helmed by James Wan, which will shoot in her native Australia.

  • Kenneth Lonergan, 54

    Manchester by the Sea

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    Casting is underway for Howards End, the Starz/BBC limited series that he adapted. The writer-director hasn't yet committed to his next film project.

  • Viggo Mortensen, 58

    Captain Fantastic

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    He's written a couple of screenplays and is hoping to direct one soon, say sources.

  • Ruth Negga, 35

    Loving

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    Loving She's focused on her AMC series Preacher, shooting season two in New Orleans.

  • Dev Patel, 26

    Lion

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    Patel has the true-life drama Hotel Mumbai in the can.

  • Natalie Portman, 35

    Jackie

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    Portman has several films in post including Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller Annihilation and is shooting Xavier Dolan’s drama The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.

  • Michael Shannon, 42

    Nocturnal Animals

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    He’s currently playing George Westinghouse in The Current War opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Thomas Edison, and he recently wrapped work on Horse Soldiers with Chris Hemsworth and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. Plus, he’s attached to The Weinstein Co.’s TV series Waco opposite Taylor Kitsch.

  • Octavia Spencer, 46

    Hidden Figures

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    She’ll soon be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water with fellow nominee Michael Shannon, and she’s wrapped work on The Shack with Sam Worthington. She’ll soon turn her attention to TV, starring in a limited series about African-American entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker, and HBO’s limited series Raven about the Jim Jones cult.

  • Emma Stone, 28

    La La Land

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    She’ll next head to the U.K. to shoot The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos’ next film The Favorite beginning in March. She’s due to star in both Disney’s Cruella and Netflix’s Cary Fukunaga series Maniac, which also stars Jonah Hill, but it’s unclear which will go first. She’s wrapped work on Battle of the Sexes in which she stars as tennis great Billie Jean King.

  • Meryl Streep, 67

    Florence Foster Jenkins

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    Streep is shooting Mary Poppins Returns with Emily Blunt and is attached to a limited series from J.J. Abrams.

  • Denis Villeneuve, 49

    Arrival

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    The Canadian filmmaker is in post on Blade Runner 2049, starring Gosling and Jared Leto, and is attached to Legendary's new adaptation of Dune.

  • Denzel Washington, 62

    Fences

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    He’ll first go shoot Dan Gilroy’s Inner City with Colin Farrell before moving on to star in The Equalizer 2 later in 2017.

  • Michelle Williams, 36

    Manchester by the Sea

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    She’s wrapped work on Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck with Julianne Moore and is currently shooting musical The Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. She’ll work on Sean Durkin’s Janis Joplin film later this year.
     

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