Blake Lively to Play Assassin in Spy Thriller The Rhythm Section

Posted 2017/07/13 1852 0

The former Gossip Girl star will be starring in spy thriller The Rhythm Section, Variety is reporting.


The Age of Adaline and The Shallows actress is set to star in The Rhythm Section, an espionage thriller from the producers of the James Bond movies. Cinematographer and filmmaker Reed Morano, who directed the first three episodes of Hulu and MGM’s Emmys hopeful The Handmaid’s Tale, is scheduled to direct the first in what is conceived as a series based on Mark Burnell’s four Stephanie Patrick novels.

The Rhythm Section centers on a woman who learns that the plane crash that killed her family was not an accident and adopts the identity of an assassin to track down those responsible. The other books in Burnell’s series are Gemini, The Third Woman, and Chameleon.

IM Global is financing The Rhythm Section and London-based EON’s Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who have produced the last eight James Bond films, serve as producers. The producers anticipate a production start later this year, with shooting likely to take place in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland and the US.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Mark Burnell’s ‘The Rhythm Section’ to the big screen with our partners at IM Global. It is exciting for us to be working with the immensely talented team of director Reed Morano and actress who have a strong vision for this very compelling story driven by a female protagonist.”

Meanwhile, IM Global co-founder Stuart Ford, who is also executive producing, joined alongside Greg Shapiro and Mark Burnell, has also expressed his excitement for the project saying:

“In Stephanie Patrick, Mark has created a unique female heroine who turns so many of the current cinematic clichés surrounding so-called ‘kick-ass’ female leads on their head. To be bringing such a fresh, realistic, and bold international thriller to the big screen with EON Productions, Reed, and Blake is an exciting proposition for us all at IM Global.”

Lively currently is attached to star in The Husband's Secret and Paul Feig's A Simple Favour and has MMA drama Bruised in development.