Emily Blunt could star in Steven Spielberg's new film

The director's new project has a release date of 2026

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Steven Spielberg's new film could star Emily Blunt, according to Deadline. The Oscar-nominated actress for Oppenheimer is in negotiations to take on a role in the production's leading duo. The publication highlights that, if the deal closes, Blunt would add another big Hollywood name to her projects, which have already been directed by Christopher Nolan, Denis Villeneuve, Rob Marshall, Doug Liman, and Rian Johnson. The project is described by the website as something with two protagonists, and Blunt would be one.

For Blunt, this would be her first time collaborating with the great blockbuster master of the 20th Century, and would come hot on the heels of her role with one of the great names in cinema of this century, Christopher Nolan, in Oppenheimer. Among the actress's next projects is The Smashing Machine, an A24 film with Dwayne Johnson. Scheduled for release on May 15, 2026, the director's new film will reunite him with David Koepp, screenwriter of Jurassic Park, and is apparently based on an original Spielberg idea involving UFOs and aliens. 

It's a common theme for the filmmaker, of course. Among his great films are E.T.-The Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and War of the Worlds. Spielberg is one of those names often linked to different projects. At 77 years old, the director has other projects in progress. He is preparing a new version of the classic character Frank Bullit, immortalized by Steve McQueen, which may have Bradley Cooper in the lead role, and a TV adaptation of Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon project.

Additionally, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese will be involved as executive producers on a TV adaptation of Cape Fear, helmed by Nick Antosca (The Act). Spielberg will also produce a film with A24. But among the projects he will direct, the original feature comes first. Described as an "event film" by Universal Pictures, which will release the Amblin Entertainment production in theaters in 2026, it will be the director's first project after his autobiographical film The Fabelmans, released in 2022.

Source: Deadline