Blake Lively to Star in Spy Thriller “The Rhythm Section” From Producers of James Bond Franchise

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is set to star in a spy thriller titled from James Bond franchise producers  and , it was announced Wednesday.

will direct the film, which is based on a four-book series of novels written by . Wilson and Broccoli will produce under their Eon Productions banner along with IM Global, whose and will executive produce alongside Burnell.

Lively will play Stephanie Patrick, whose family dies in a plane crash that should’ve claimed her life too. When she discovers the crash wasn’t an accident, she sets out to exact revenge, Jason Bourne-style.

With sequels to Salt and Lucy seemingly stuck in development hell, it’s smart of Eon and IM Global to set build a new action franchise around Lively, who recently showed off her physicality in The Shallows. If The Rhythm Section proves to be a hit, there are three other books in the popular Stephanie Patrick series — Gemini, The Third Woman and Chameleon.

IM Global and Global are handling worldwide rights for the project, which is expected to start production this fall in both the U.S. and Europe.

Morano is a veteran cinematographer who recently wrapped the Peter Dinklage-Elle Fanning sci-fi drama I Think We’re Alone Now after making her feature directorial debut with the indie drama Meadowland. She has directed several episodes of Hulu’s hit series The Handmaid’s Tale.

Lively will soon be seen opposite Jason Clarke in Marc Forster’s thriller All I See Is You. She’s also attached to star in Paul Feig’s thriller A Simple Favor and The Husband’s Secret for CBS Films. She’s represented by and , which also reps Morano and Eon.

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