Blake Lively To Star In ‘Bourne Identity’-Esque Spy Film & We Are Ready

The producers of the latest run of James Bond films have locked down Serena van der Woodsen Blake Lively and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘ director Reed Morano for a female-driven spy thriller. 
Would 100% watch this new season of ‘Gossip Girl‘ where they were all actual spies instead of just frenemies lurking around each other for Dan‘s blog. 
The big budget film – called ‘The Rhythm Section‘ – will be based off the first in a four-part series of books about a spy called Stephanie Patrick from British novelist Mark Burnell. Burnell will also be trying his hand as screenwriter.
The story goes that Patrick is boozin’, floozin’, etc, after her family die in a plane crash – until she finds out that the crash was not an accident after all (PLOT TWIST). So she becomes an assassin/intelligence agent/person with many secret identities, and sets out for revenge, and to find her true self, I guess because lady people eat that self-discovery shit up.

Ya know, kinda like ‘The Bourne Identity‘, but if Jason Bourne was a lady called Stephanie Patrick. Or like that movie ‘Spy‘, except maybe actually good. 
The executive producer Stuart Ford is ready for Patrick to subvert lady-spy stereotypes, describing the film as “fresh, realistic and bold“: 
In Stephanie Patrick, Mark 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.”
Aside from my deep mistrust of anyone with two first names, I see no other reason not to intrigued about the project, set to begin production in a couple of months.

Source: Deadline / Variety
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