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The Bond movie producers are making a female-led assassin thriller with Blake Lively

All of the yes.

THE PRODUCERS OF the James Bond films are to make a “female-driven” thriller starring Gossip Girl‘s Blake Lively.

Source: Van Tine Dennis/ABACA

Deadly.

Based on the novel by Britain’s Mark Burnell, The Rhythm Section will see her as a woman who becomes an assassin to avenge the deaths of her family.

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Reed Morano, who directed the first three episodes of hit TV series The Handmaid’s Tale, will direct the film, so you know it’s going to be good.

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Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson said it was “exciting” to work with such a “talented” team.

Production on the film will begin later this year, with head of production Stuart Ford saying the film would be “fresh, realistic and bold”, with:

… A unique female heroine who turns so many of the current cinematic cliches surrounding so-called ‘kick-ass’ female leads on their head”.

Blake’s previously played the ageless heroine of the film The Age of Adeline, as well as previously battling a shark in The Shallows last year.

So basically, she’s no stranger to cut-throat roles – she played Serena van der Woodsen for God sake.

Between this and the female-led Oceans Eleven arriving next year, it’s looking like a pretty solid time for women in fim.

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