Blake Lively: ‘Research for The Rhythm Section was the hardest thing I’ve ever done’

Researching addicts for her new movie The Rhythm Section was the hardest thing Blake Lively has ever done for a film.In the action thriller, the former Gossip Girl star plays Stephanie Patrick, a woman who seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a…

Researching addicts for her new movie The Rhythm Section was the hardest thing Blake Lively has ever done for a film.

In the action thriller, the former Gossip Girl star plays Stephanie Patrick, a woman who seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family.

Stephanie is a heroin-addicted prostitute who lives on the streets, and Blake admits the preparation for the role was hard to take.

“I did ride-alongs with cops on drug busts and I spent a lot of time walking through alleyways talking to some addicts, some of whom were just teenagers,” she told Britain’s HELLO! magazine. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, the actress also had difficulties during the shoot, as she sustained a hand injury while filming an action sequence in Ireland in December (17) and production was suspended while she reportedly had surgery. The production then down indefinitely in January to allow the 31-year-old, who had to have a second operation on her hand, to fully recover. Filming resumed in the summer.

The film is directed by Reed Morano and written by Mark Burnell from his 1999 novel of the same name. The thriller also stars Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown and is due for release in February.

Blake is currently on the promotional trail for her new comedy-thriller A Simple Favour, co-starring Anna Kendrick.

She admitted to the magazine that she was challenged on that shoot, too, because she had to go up against a comedic natural like Anna.

“Getting to do a comedic part with Anna is just like being asked to play tennis for the first time at Wimbledon – it’s just the best of the best,” she gushed. “It’s incredibly intimidating, but it also really heightens your game.”

A Simple Favour is in cinemas now.

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Sterling K. Brown joins Blake Lively thriller The Rhythm Section

Sterling K. Brown has joined Blake Lively’s new action-thriller The Rhythm Section.After winning acclaim for his performances in TV shows The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story and This Is Us, the actor has landed roles in films such as Blac…

Sterling K. Brown has joined Blake Lively’s new action-thriller The Rhythm Section.

After winning acclaim for his performances in TV shows The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story and This Is Us, the actor has landed roles in films such as Black Panther and Hotel Artemis.

For his next major silver screen appearance, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Brown will appear in Lively’s latest vehicle – though it is not yet known which character he will play.

Directed by Reed Morano, The Rhythm Section is based on the 1999 novel of the same name by Mark Burnell and follows Stephanie Patrick, a woman who seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family.

Jude Law, Raza Jaffrey and Max Casella have also been cast in the movie.

Principal photography kicked off in Dublin, Ireland last December (17) but production was temporarily halted after Lively suffered a hand injury on the set. The 30-year-old underwent surgery in December but the operation was not entirely successful and she required a second surgery a month later.

It is believed that filming on the flick has now resumed in Spain. In spite of the delays, studio bosses at Paramount Pictures are still planning to release the film on 22 February 2019.

Brown recently wrapped up shooting on Shane Black’s sci-fi horror film The Predator, in which he plays a government agent, and a voice-acting role in The Angry Birds Movie 2, also starring Dove Cameron, Peter Dinklage, Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis.

The Rhythm Section is being produced by Eon Productions’ Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, the team behind the latest James Bond films.

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Blake Lively will return to The Rhythm Section in June after hand injury heels

Blake Lively will reportedly return to the set of her current movie The Rhythm Section in June (18) after a second surgery on her injured hand. The thriller was shut down indefinitely last week (ends02Feb18) to allow the actress to recover fully from …

Blake Lively will reportedly return to the set of her current movie The Rhythm Section in June (18) after a second surgery on her injured hand.

The thriller was shut down indefinitely last week (ends02Feb18) to allow the actress to recover fully from the on-set injury, and now sources tell Deadline.com the film is expected to resume production in Spain this summer.

Filming on The Rhythm Section in Dublin, Ireland was first halted in early December (17) after Blake suffered a serious mishap while filming an action sequence, and sources close to the set told WENN she may have broken a finger.

“Paramount, Global Road (formerly known as IM Global) and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today confirmed that filming has been temporarily suspended on The Rhythm Section as Blake Lively sustained an injury to her hand,” a statement from a production spokesperson read. “Production will resume as soon as possible.”

It was shut down again last month (Jan18) amid reports suggesting the injury isn’t healing properly and Lively was forced to step away from the project.

One source told MailOnline that filming had been suspended indefinitely, and it could be five months before Blake, who plays a troubled woman seeking revenge following the airplane crash deaths of her family members, will be back on set.

The 30-year-old actress reportedly underwent surgery on her hand back in early December and now needs a second procedure.

Lively plays Stephanie Patrick in the film, opposite Jude Law.

The Rhythm Section, which is based on the first book in a series by Mark Burnell, is still set for release in February, 2019.

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Blake Lively’s hand injury shuts down filming – report

Production on Blake Lively’s new movie has reportedly shut down to allow the actress time to fully recover from a hand injury. Filming on The Rhythm Section in Dublin, Ireland was halted last month (Dec17) after she suffered a serious injury while fil…

Production on Blake Lively’s new movie has reportedly shut down to allow the actress time to fully recover from a hand injury.

Filming on The Rhythm Section in Dublin, Ireland was halted last month (Dec17) after she suffered a serious injury while filming an action sequence and sources close to the set told WENN she may have broken a finger.

“Paramount, Global Road (formerly known as IM Global) and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today confirmed that filming has been temporarily suspended on The Rhythm Section as Blake Lively sustained an injury to her hand,” a statement from a spokesperson for the production read. “Production will resume as soon as possible.”

And now reports suggest the injury isn’t healing properly and Lively has been forced to step away from the project.

One source tells MailOnline that filming has been suspended indefinitely, and it could be five months before Blake, who plays a troubled woman seeking revenge following the airplane crash deaths of her family members, will be back on set.

The 30-year-old actress reportedly underwent surgery on her hand back in early December and now needs a second procedure.

Blonde Blake has gone dark for the spy thriller and has been spotted on set sporting a short black pixie cut.

Director Reed Morano was so impressed with her leading lady’s look she posted a shot of the actress in costume on social media. Blake has also shared photos from the set online.

Lively plays Stephanie Patrick in the film, opposite Jude Law.

The Rhythm Section, which is based on the first book in a series by Mark Burnell, is set for release in 2019.

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