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Blake Lively to star in The Rhythm Section

The Shallows

Story by Jack Foley

BLAKE Lively is to star in female driven international espionage thriller The Rhythm Section.

Based on the acclaimed series of espionage novels by Mark Burnell, The Rhythm Section will follow Stephanie Patrick (Lively) as she sets off on a path of self-destruction after the death of her family in an airplane crash – a flight that she was meant to be on.

After discovering that the crash was not an accident, her anger awakens a new sense of purpose and she rises to uncover the truth by adapting the identity of an assassin to track down those responsible.

The new, and lethal, Stephanie Patrick is on a mission to fill the void between what she knows and what she is told.

Reed Morano, of The Handmaid’s Tale fame, will direct. The New York Times recently described Morano’s work on that show as “unflinching, vital and scary as hell”.

Production will begin later this year, it was confirmed by Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions in London and IM Global Founder and CEO, Stuart Ford in Los Angeles. Locations are likely to include the UK, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland and the US.

Wilson and Broccoli, who have produced the last eight Bond films (including Spectre and Skyfall), will produce.

Said Wilson and Broccoli: “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 Blake Lively who have a strong vision for this very compelling story driven by a female protagonist.”

Lively most recently starred in the worldwide box office hit The Shallows for Sony Pictures, which garnered her a People’s Choice Award. That same summer, she appeared in Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, which premiered at Cannes.

Other novels in Burnell’s popular series include Gemini, The Third Woman and Chameleon.

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