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What's Next?

Look beyond Oscar night to the future projects of honorees Sean Penn, Charlize Theron, and others

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Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, ... | (FROM LEFT) LEONARDO DICAPRIO, ADAM SCOTT, LAW, AND CATE BLANCHETT IN ''AVIATOR''
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(FROM LEFT) LEONARDO DICAPRIO, ADAM SCOTT, LAW, AND CATE BLANCHETT IN ''AVIATOR''

Best Actor

Ahoy, mateys! A productive future is certain for Johnny Depp, whom we'll see this month in the thriller ''Secret Window'' and next fall as the man who dreamed up ''Peter Pan'' in ''J.M. Barrie's Neverland.'' Now shooting ''The Libertine,'' he's also scheduled to film ''Pirates of the Caribbean 2,'' Tim Burton's ''Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,'' and ''The Rum Diary,'' his second foray into the demented world of Hunter S. Thompson.

Even busier is Jude Law, who has this summer's retro-futuristic ''Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow''; Martin Scorsese's ''The Aviator'' (November), in which he plays Errol Flynn; an untitled ''Alfie'' remake; David O. Russell's existential comedy ''I Love Huckabees'' with fellow nominee Naomi Watts (fall); Mike Nichols' relationship drama ''Closer'' (December); ''Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events'' (December); ''Tulip Fever'' with Keira Knightley; and ''Dexterity,'' a comedy he's also producing.

Sean Penn follows up his double dose of dark with the lead in next fall's ''The Assassination of Richard Nixon'' (''21 Grams'' costar Watts cameos) and Sydney Pollack's United Nations thriller ''The Interpreter,'' opposite 2003 Best Actress winner Nicole Kidman.

As for Ben Kingsley, he'll star in a chiller (''Suspect Zero,'' spring), an adventure (''Thunderbirds,'' August), a sci-fi fantasy (''A Sound of Thunder,'' spring), a murder mystery (''Mrs. Harris,'' now shooting), and an animated comedy (''Valiant'').

With Wes Anderson's quirky ''The Life Aquatic'' (December) finally wrapped, Bill Murray starts production on ''The Squid and the Whale'' (directed by ''Aquatic'' cowriter Noah Baumbach) this spring. And come June 25, that'll be his voice as the lasagna-loving CGI feline in ''Garfield: The Movie.''

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