The Rhythm Section, a spy thriller starring Blake Lively and Jude Law, is scheduled to resume production this June. Based on the first installment in the four-part book series titled Stephanie Patrick written by Mark Burnell, The Rhythm Section follows the story of heroine (played by Lively) whose whole family was killed in an airplane crash. Being the sole survivor of her clan after not being able to board the same flight, she takes it upon herself to uncover the mystery of the incident, which apparently is not your normal aviation accident. Upon digging up more information and realizing that the whole thing was intentional, she dives deep into the world of professional spying in order to get to the bottom of the situation in the hopes of avenging the death of her family.
The film, which had just started shooting in December in Dublin, Ireland, hit a snag after Lively suffered a hand injury on the set. And despite initially looking like the cameras were still rolling after her mishap, it was later announced that folks behind the project have decided to halt production indefinitely to give the actress ample time to recuperate. Now, an announcement has been released confirming when principal photography will resume.
In a report by Deadline, The Rhythm Section production is expected to pick up where they left off in June. The downtime seems a bit too long considering there wasn't much press about the matter, leading us to believe that the injury was more serious than originally perceived. While we're not really privy to what happened behind closed doors, Lively continues to be active on social media including posting photos of her in the film's set giving us the impression that the actress is at least doing fine. But it's interesting to wonder just how intricate and intense her stuntwork is in the film that it could not proceed for almost half a year due to her hand injury.
Despite the extended delay, The Rhythm Section is still expected to roll out February of next year and depending on how much work the cast and crew were already able to put in, a June shooting resumption feels like it's cutting too close its due date. Of course, there's always the possibility of the roll-out also moving, but in the meantime, it remains unchanged.
Produced by the same people behind the iconic James Bond films, EON Productions and IM Global, The Rhythm Section is directed by Reed Morano, who has a very impressive work portfolio including helming Hulu's award-winning original, The Handmaid’s Tale. Aside from the Lively-starrer, the 40-year-old multi-faceted industry personnel is also involved in I Think We’re Alone Now, starring Elle Fanning and Peter Dinklage. The film just debuted in Sundance.