James L. Brooks returns to the director’s chair, Ari Aster prepares a “Western noir,” and Anne Hathaway will fight dinosaurs in a new Bad Robot thriller

Ella McCay (20th Century Studios)

James L. Brooks, the legendary director behind classics such as Terms of Endearment and Broadcast News, is set to helm his first film in 13 years. The romantic drama is about an idealistic politician poised to run for governor as she deals with lingering family issues. Starring Emma Mackey (Sex Education, Barbie) in the titular role, the film will have a large ensemble cast that includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Albert Brooks, Woody Harrelson, Ayo Edebiri and Kumail Nanjiani. Production will be overseen by 20th Century Studios, and Brooks will also produce along with his partners Julie Ansel and Richard Sakai through their Gracie Films banner. Filming is set to begin this April in Providence, Rhode Island.

Eddington (A24)

Ari Aster (Hereditary, Midsommar) will re-team will his Beau is Afraid star Joaquin Phoenix for a Western noir dark comedy ensemble piece set in a fictional copper mining town in New Mexico. Eddington is about a couple (Lindsay and Marc) driving through New Mexico on their way to Los Angeles before running out of gas outside a small town, and as nightfall comes, the picturesque setting soon turns into a nightmare. Filming is set to begin in Albuquerque on March 11.

Flowervale Station (Warner Bros. Studio)

Set to star Anne Hathaway (Eileen, WeCrashed) and Ewan McGregor (Halston, Obi-Wan Kenobi), this high-profile project is clouded in secrecy. Set to be directed by David Robert Mitchell (It Follows, Under the Silver Lake), the film will be set in the 1980s, and would follow Hathaway cast as a mother searching for her two missing children. Dinosaurs are also involved in the plot. Production will be overseen by J.J. Abram’s Bad Robot, and filming will begin in early March in Los Angeles.