Normally the constant cycle of 007 adventures keeps EON Productions busy enough. Every so often they pop up with something else. Example The Ipcress File, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and now this!
After The Age Of Adaline, The Shallows, Cafe Society and A Simple Favor Blake Lively is building quite a portfolio.
Here Lively plays Stephanie Patrick, a woman loses everything she has when her family tragically dies in a plane crash. She turns herself around from an opioid and alcohol addiction to seek the truth and take revenge when she meets an investigative journalist (Sterling K. Brown) who reveals to her that he’s been tipped off by a Secret Service agent (Jude Law) that the tragedy wasn’t an accident. A terrorist attack was covered up, and she wants to find out why.
Based on the book by Mark Burnell and directed by Emmy-winning The Handmaid’s Tale helmer Reed Morano, 007 producer Barbara Broccoli has brought this to the screen.
She talked with Bustle about how Lively’s character is different from the other action heroines in these kinds of films:
“A lot of these movies that have had female action heroes make you feel like they’re male fantasies of what a woman would be like in this situation. This is much more gritty and realistic, and intentionally so. We wanted to show [Stephanie’s story] from a female point of view, and from a point of view of an average person… [this explores] the toll [Stephanie’s mission] takes on her emotionally throughout the story.”
The Rhythm Section premieres in U.S. cinemas on January 31st, 2020. Here’s the trailer.