Blake Lively’s The Rhythm Section Halts Production

Blake Lively in The Shallows

Production on Blake Lively's new action film The Rhythm Section has been halted indefinitely after Lively suffered an injury during filming. Lively, of course, first got on the map in 2005 in a starring role in the coming-of-age drama The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, which led to a sequel. But her star truly started to rise with her role on the hit CW teen drama Gossip Girl, where she played Serena van der Woodsen from 2007 to 2012. Refusing to get stuck in any genre, Lively ventured into the Ben Affleck-directed crime thriller The Town in 2010, and the following year, starred as Carol Ferris opposite her future husband, Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan in the DC superhero adventure Green Lantern.

After a role in the romantic fantasy The Age of Adeline in 2015 and the shark thriller The Shallows in 2016, Lively dove headfirst into the action genre last July when she signed on to play the lead opposite Jude Law in The Rhythm Section, based on the spy novels by author Mark Burnell. Chronicling the plight of an assassin seeking vengeance after losing her family in a mysterious plane crash, the potential film franchise is backed by some pretty heavy hitters, including James Bond producers EON Productions and IM Global, and director Reed Morano – who is hot off the success of directing the first three episodes of the acclaimed Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale.

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Lively was in production on The Rhythm Section in December when she suffered a hand injury on set, and now, that injury appears to be the cause behind the production being shut down indefinitely. A source close to the situation tells The Wrap that Paramount Pictures has suspended production on The Rhythm Section, which lends to the suggestion that Lively's injury is worse than initially reported. The publication says the production on the film won't resume for several months, and the crew has been told to look for work elsewhere as Lively recovers.

Blake Lively in The Shallows

While the setback undoubtedly throws up a huge roadblock in front of The Rhythm Section and particularly for the crew members affected by it, Paramount is doing the right thing by not rushing back into production. Following two high profile incidents involving stunt performer fatalities on the sets of The Walking Dead and Deadpool 2, Hollywood is no doubt very cognizant about workplace safety issues, and clearly the filmmakers behind The Rhythm Section want to make sure Lively is back to 100 percent before they resume the production.

On top of that, since there are plans to turn The Rhythm Section into a franchise, the last thing the production needs is to stumble out of the gate by rushing to get the film done. Film projects have been suspended indefinitely before and resumed after serious injuries have occurred on set, including Harrison Ford's leg injury on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and most recently, when production on Maze Runner: The Death Cure was put on hold for an entire year  while star Dylan O'Brien recovered after suffering a serious head injury during filming. By all indications The Rhythm Section won't be out of commission that long, as The Wrap says the film is still scheduled to hit theaters on February 22, 2019.

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Source: The Wrap

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