Blake Lively will play Patrick, Stephanie Patrick, in the new spy move from James Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The Rhythm Section will be a female-driven international espionage thriller adapted from the first book in Mark Burnell’s four-novel series. The film will be directed by Reed Morano, who helmed The Handmaid’s Tale.
Wilson and Broccoli produced the last eight Bond films, (SPECTRE, Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, Die Another Day, The World is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies, and GoldenEye.
“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,” Wilson and Broccoli said in a statement.
The Rhythm Section will be executive produced by Burnell, along with Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), the production head of independent studio IM Global.
Lively will play Stephanie Patrick, a woman who misses boarding the plane that kills her family and learns that their deaths were not an accident.
“In Stephanie Patrick Mark [Burnell] 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,” said IM Global founder Stuart Ford. “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 most recently starred in Sony Pictures’ The Shallows and appeared in Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, which premiered at Cannes. She is set to star in an adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel The Husband’s Secret from CBS Films. She played the title role in Lionsgate’s The Age of Adaline. Lively was also featured in Warner Brothers’ The Town, Rebecca Miller’s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films. She is currently in pre-production on A Simple Favor from director Paul Feig.
Production on The Rhythm Section will begin later this year.