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If you've loved watching Disney's Moana in 2016, you're in for a treat this year with its sequel being released in November! Keep reading for more on industry highlights from the week.

February has been rather exciting so far for the world of entertainment with the Board of Governors of the AMPAS adding a new category to the Oscars starting 2026 and Taylor Swift announcing her newest album that's looking at April 19 as its release date. Everyone's favorite animated film, Moana will be back with a sequel this year according to Disney. Back home, Anshula Kapoor's debut book will be published by Penguin India. Atlee unveiled the first look of Baby John starring Varun Dhawan.

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Here's more on what happened through the week!

Dakota Johnson, Pedro Pascal and Chris Evans in talks to lead Celine Song directorial 'Materialists' 

Celine Song, who debuted with 'Past Lives', is all set to reteam with A24, Killer Films and 2AM for her second feature. Dakota Johnson, Pedro Pascal and Chris Evans might be joining this romantic comedy as leads. 

Tom Holland to star in theatrical adaptation of Romeo & Juliet

The star, formerly known for playing Spider-Man in the Marvel universe, will be essaying the role of Romeo Montague in Jamie Lloyd's theatrical adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic love story, Romeo & Juliet. This project will be Holland's first return to stage ever since he played a role in Billy Elliot: The Musical in the West End.

Netflix announces its newest courtroom drama 'Maamla Legal Hai' featuring Ravi Kishan

Directed by Rahul Pandey, this comedy series is set in the fictional 'Patparganj District Court' and also features Yashpal Sharma, Nidhi Bisht, Naila Grrewal, and many others. Maamla Legal Hai will be releasing on March 1, 2024!

Nikkhil Advani unveils the poster of Vedaa starring John Abraham and Sharvari Wagh

The Nikkhil Advani directorial is written by Aseem Arrora and produced by Monisha Advani and Madhu Bhojwani. With action-octane sequences and Sharvari in the lead, also features Abhishek Banerjee and Tamannah Bhatia! This film is set to have its theatrical release on July 12, 2024. 

New film in the 'Jurassic World' franchise to release on July 2, 2025

After Jurassic World: Dominion in 2022, the newest installment of this franchis will be directed by David Leitch. While details on the plot and returning cast members still remain under wraps, this film will be written by David Koepp, the screenwriter of 'Jurassic Park' and 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park'.

First look of Baby John unveiled by Atlee

A Hindi remake of Atlee's Tamil film, 'Theri,' Baby John gives you Varun Dhawan as the lead. Directed by A Kaleeswaran, this film also stars Keerthy Suresh and Wamiqa Gabbi in pivotal roles. After breaking the box office with Jawaan, Atlee is all set to produce this film alongside Priya Atlee, Murad Khetani and Jyoti Deshpande.

Ethan Coen’s new trailer for Drive Away Dolls released

Coen's directorial, Drive Away Dolls' second trailer shows a road trip to Tallahassee going sideways when Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan discover a briefcase in the trunk of the car. Pedro Pascal, Matt Damon and many others are also a part of this project.

Taylor Swfit announces her newest album 

After bagging 'Album of the Year' at the Grammys 2024, this global pop star announced her 11th studio album, THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT that's slated for release on April 19. She shared this on her Instagram with a cute handwritten post!

'Best Achievement in Casting' category announced for the Oscars

The Board of Governors of the AMPAS recently announced a new category, Best Achievement in Casting, for films releasing in 2025. This will begin with the 98th ceremony of the Academy Awards in 2026.

Nakuul Mehta dubs for Ranbir Kapoor for Animal's OTT release in English 

After becoming a fan favourite as Ram Kapoor in Bade Achhe Lagte Hai 2, Nakuul Mehta recently shared a note on Instagram talking about his experience of dubbing for Ranbir Kapoor in English for Animal

Disney's Moana 2 to release in November, 2024

For those of you who loved the 2016 animated film, Moana 2 really couldn't come sooner! What was first intended to be a series, this film will have its theatrical release in November this year and Moana, Maui, and a new crew will be embarking on a new journey. 

Penguin India to publish Anshula Kapoor's debut book

While many details aren't released about the contents of this book, Anshula Kapoor shared a message on Instagram, "This book is a true reflection of who I am and the journey to becoming the person I am today. Writing this has been equal parts challenging, cathartic & exhilarating. Being raw, unapologetic & open about my emotions in front of the world is always terrifying, but my incredible editor, Radhika at Penguin, has championed my vision from the start and has been the most supportive partner every step of the way. She understands my zeal to be an author, and I couldn't have asked for a better publisher for my debut book. Preeti's belief in me has truly been encouraging, and this book owes its existence to both these impactful guiding forces. I am brimming with excitement for this next chapter and for the world to get to read it soon!"


Cillian Murphy to star in Netflix movie 'Steve'

The Oppenheimer star, Cillian Murphy is all set to produce and star in 'Steve', an adaptation of Max Porter’s novel titled 'Shy'. This will also be Murphy and Alan Moloney's production company, Big Things Films's debut project.


John Krasinski directorial 'A Quiet Place: Day One' trailer released

Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Joseph Quinn, Alex Wolff, Djimon Hounsou and Denis O'Hare, A Quiet Place: Day One is going to be a prequel to the 2018 film, A Quiet Place. While the plot remains undisclosed, this prequel will be helmed by Michael Sarnoski.

Disney+Hotstar's 'Showtime' produced by Dharmatic Entertainment to release on March 8

Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi, Mouni Roy, Vijay Raaz, Shriya Saran, and Rajeev Khandelwal, Showtime delves into Karan Johar's most talked about and controversial topic of conversation on Koffee with Karan - nepotism. This series has Emraan Hashmi in the lead and is being created by Sumit Roy.

Hope you're all caught up with these highlights! See you next week!

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