This week Daniel Craig finally made it official that he would be returning as agent 007 in the still-untitled Bond 25. Now he may be joined by a cousin of sorts, as EON Productions, the Bond company currently run by step-siblings Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, have announced the start of a whole new franchise featuring a female spy.
Blake Lively will be starring as agent Stephanie Patrick in The Rhythm Section, an adaptation of the British thriller of the same name by author Mark Burnell, and the first of a potential series of films. Here’s how the official announcement describes the plot: “Heroine Stephanie Patrick is 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, who recently directed three episodes of Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale and is currently shooting I Think We’re Alone Now, is aboard as director. It would seem that Patty Jenkins’ success with Wonder Woman is opening the door a bit wider for other female directors of action films. Additional executive producers include Burnell and Greg Shapiro from IM Global. Paramount will be releasing the film.
In a joint statement, Wilson and Broccoli commented, ““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.” And no doubt EON Production will provide a strong behind the scenes team to serve as support for the project.
Further print adventures of Stephanie Patrick are Chameleon, Gemini and The Third Woman.
As to Lively, who starred in last year’s shark-fest The Shallows, we just happen to have a guide to her film career beginning below.