Bad news from the Dublin set of actress Blake Lively’s new action-thriller: production has now been shut down indefinitely. The actress injured her hand last month and filming was suspended so she could recover, but she will not be ready in time, leading to the film shutting down completely.
Reports indicate that Lively’s initial hand surgery did not heal her injury, so she will need a second surgery and additional time to recuperate.
It’s unclear when filming will resume, but the crew has been advised to seek other work, as it will be at least five months before they can complete the film.
Jude Law co-stars with Lively in the new movie, called The Rhythm Section, based on the first of author Mark Burnell’s Stephanie Patrick novels.
Director Reed Morano, who made her mark with the first three episodes of the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale, was behind the camera on The Rhythm Section.
The plot involves a woman whose family is killed in an airplane bombing and goes undercover to uncover the truth about the attack.
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, creators of the James Bond franchise, were onboard to produce the new thriller.
Earlier this month, Morano gave an update on Lively’s condition, though it’s clear now that the situation has changed since then.
“[Lively’s] okay. She’s just recovering. The problem is that normally, that kind of an injury, you would have four to six weeks of rehab and then you would wear a splint. We have to go into stunts, so it’s very complicated.”
Paramount Pictures is set to distribute The Rhythm Section worldwide and has it scheduled for release on February 22, 2019.
With the new shutdown in production, it’s unclear whether the studio still expects to meet that date or if the film will be postponed.