Emily Blunt lands next lead movie role

Oppenheimer star Emily Blunt has landed her next lead movie role.

The actor is set to star in Steven Spielberg's next film for Universal and Amblin, marking the first time the pair have worked together on a project.

The film has been set for release on May 15, 2026 (via Deadline).

Based on a story by Spielberg, the movie is described as a two-hander, with Blunt lined up to play one of the lead characters. Plot details are currently being kept under wraps.

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Spielberg's long-running collaborator David Koepp will pen the script, with Kristie Macosko Krieger on board to produce.

News of Blunt's latest film role follows the announcement of her reunion with Jungle Cruise co-star Dwayne Johnson.

The pair are currently filming The Smashing Machine, which focuses on the life of mixed martial arts champion Mark Kerr.

According to Variety, Blunt will star as Kerr's wife Dawn Staples, who "struggles to find her place within Mark's chaotic and contradictory world".

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Johnson will play Kerr, with the movie set to follow "the legendary MMA fighter from the no-holds-barred era of the UFC at the peak of his career", and his "struggles with addiction, winning, love and friendship in the year 2000".

Blunt most recently appeared opposite Barbie's Ryan Gosling in The Fall Guy, which follows retired stuntman Colt Seavers (Gosling) who returns to work after a serious injury so he can reconnect with his director ex-girlfriend Jody (Blunt).

Speaking to Digital Spy ahead of the film's release in May, Gosling praised Blunt's role in the film and her ability to remain calm on the "super-crazy" set.

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"There's nothing she can't do really. Recently on SNL she came in and sang with me, hit the harmony, hit me with chairs, she can do it all!" he said.

"And she's so game and inventive. It's one of my favourite depictions of a filmmaker in a film. I think she plays such a great director in this movie, because she leads... She's grace under pressure in this film.

"Everything is exploding around, and it's all super-crazy, and yet she's like the calm of the storm. That's kind of what she's like in general."

The Fall Guy is now available to buy or rent from Prime Video and iTunes in the UK, and from Prime Video, iTunes and more in the US.

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