Reed Morano in talks to direct Jennifer Lopez’s drug lord drama

Reed Morano is reportedly in talks to direct Jennifer Lopez’s drug lord drama The Godmother.The filmmaker, who won an Emmy for helming the hit U.S. drama The Handmaid’s Tale, is circling the project, which documents the real-life story of notorious Col…

Reed Morano is reportedly in talks to direct Jennifer Lopez’s drug lord drama The Godmother.

The filmmaker, who won an Emmy for helming the hit U.S. drama The Handmaid’s Tale, is circling the project, which documents the real-life story of notorious Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco, known as The Godmother, according to Deadline.

Lopez is playing the titular character, who rose from an impoverished childhood to become a key figurehead in Miami’s Cocaine Cowboy Wars, and was worth more than $2 billion (£1.6 billion) before she was murdered in Colombia in 2012.

The outlet also reports that William Monahan, who won an Oscar for writing The Departed, is in talks to rewrite the first draft of the script, which was originally penned by Terry Winter and Regina Corrado.

Lopez is also serving as a producer on the crime drama, alongside her former manager Benny Medina, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, and Julie Yorn. Magic Mike star Alex Pettyfer is executive producing, with Alex Brown, Rick Yorn, and Winter.

News that the Hustlers star would be playing Blanco on the big screen broke last year, and the 50-year-old said that she “jumped at the chance” to play the infamous drug lord.

“I’ve been forever fascinated by the story of Griselda Blanco and jumped at the chance to play her on screen,” she told Variety in July last year. “She is all things we look for in storytelling and dynamic characters – notorious, ambitious, conniving, chilling. In a genre dominated by legendary kingpins, I’m eager to shine a spotlight on this anti-hero.”

Morano, a cinematographer, made her feature directorial debut with Meadowland in 2015 and followed it up with I Think We’re Alone Now in 2018 and The Rhythm Section, starring Blake Lively, last year. She has also directed episodes of Halt and Catch Fire, Billions, and upcoming series The Power.

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Blake Lively used her children ‘as weights’ during early morning workouts

Blake Lively used her children as makeshift weights during her early morning workouts sessions while filming The Rhythm Section.The actress, who shares three daughters with husband Ryan Reynolds, discussed her unusual approach to staying in shape while…

Blake Lively used her children as makeshift weights during her early morning workouts sessions while filming The Rhythm Section.

The actress, who shares three daughters with husband Ryan Reynolds, discussed her unusual approach to staying in shape while training for the new action-thriller during an interview with Vanity Fair. Blake shared that she woke up at sunrise and began the day by making breakfast and hanging out with her girls before heading to set.

“On an average day on set, I probably woke up at 5am, but mostly because I was doing mama duty with my girls,” she shared. “Have breakfast with them, hang out with them, work out with them. ‘Cause I didn’t want to wake up any earlier. I’m not Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. I had to just get some sleep.

“I would sort of use them as weights. Instead of wearing a weight vest, I got to wear my children!”

The 32-year-old would then rush to work, before getting home around 9pm to put her eldest daughters, James and Inez, to bed.

However, the Gossip Girl star confessed that after a long day filming, she usually ended up falling asleep in their bedrooms before being woken up by husband Ryan.

“My kids, they don’t ever go to sleep, honestly. We gotta invent something,” Blake joked. “My kids had, like, a pack-and-play – almost like a crib – and I would crawl in there and sing them to sleep, and usually I’d fall asleep in there. Almost every single night I’d fall asleep in there.

“(Ryan) would usually come in and be like, ‘Hey, you’re safe now. You can come to bed.'”

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The Rhythm Section producers ‘disappointed’ by box office failure

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are “obviously disappointed” by the box office performance of their new movie The Rhythm Section.Reed Morano’s film, in which Blake Lively plays a grieving woman who sets out for revenge after discoverin…

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are “obviously disappointed” by the box office performance of their new movie The Rhythm Section.

Reed Morano’s film, in which Blake Lively plays a grieving woman who sets out for revenge after discovering the plane crash that killed her family wasn’t an accident, opened in cinemas on Friday and grossed just $2.8 million (£2.16 million) for its first three days during Super Bowl weekend, marking the worst box office opening in history for a title playing in over 3,000 theatres.

According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures will likely lose between $30 million and $40 million (£30.9 million – £23.2 million) on the movie, which debuted at number 10 on the U.S. box office chart, behind the likes of Bad Boys for Life, Dolittle, and 1917.

Responding to its performance, the producers, who are best known for overseeing the James Bond franchise, issued a statement to the film publication.

“We are obviously disappointed with the box office, but we’re proud of Reed and our movie and the overwhelmingly positive reaction to Blake’s performance,” they said.

The film, which also starred Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown, had a troubled production, as it was shut down for six months after Lively sustained a nasty hand injury that required surgery. The release date was pushed back multiple times from its original February 2019 slot.

Over the weekend, Morano posted a picture of her with Lively at the movie premiere on Instagram and gushed about her leading lady in the caption.

“Thank you for taking this absolutely insane epic journey with me. Loads of twists and turns we never saw coming & wasn’t always easy but we navigated it together & no matter how difficult it was, we always made sure to have a blast & for f**ks sake- you gave it EVERYTHING – including your freakin hand!!! Words cannot describe how proud I am of what you do in this film- wait till people see (sic)!!” she wrote.

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Blake Lively’s hand looked like ‘feta cheese’ after fight scene injury

Blake Lively’s hand looked like “feta cheese” after she suffered an injury on the set of The Rhythm Section.The actress, who plays a woman seeking to uncover the truth behind a plane crash that killed her family three years earlier in the Reed Morano-d…

Blake Lively’s hand looked like “feta cheese” after she suffered an injury on the set of The Rhythm Section.

The actress, who plays a woman seeking to uncover the truth behind a plane crash that killed her family three years earlier in the Reed Morano-directed film, required surgery in December 2017 after she smashed her right hand while filming an action sequence in Dublin, Ireland.

Recalling the incident during an interview for Good Morning America on Tuesday, Blake shared exactly how she “shattered” her hand.

“We were doing all of our own stunts, by and large, and there’s, like, one-shot fight sequences, which is how I shattered my hand,” she explained. “We shut down for six months. My hand, basically, turned to, like, feta cheese… I was lunging towards (co-star) Jude Law with my fake rubber knife and my hand collided with his elbow and I broke some things and dislocated some things and severed a ligament. It was intense.

“That’s why you guys have to see this movie… so I gave my right hand for something!”

In addition, Blake admitted that she also went through hell filming car chase scenes without any control of the vehicle.

“There’s a precision driver… he was, like, on top of the car, actually operating it from a cage, and I’m in the car,” the 32-year-old sighed. “You’re out of control. There’s cars coming and you can do nothing about it… The brakes aren’t working, you’re spinning the wheel.

“I’m screaming the whole time, terrified. That’s not acting!”

The Rhythm Section, also featuring Sterling K. Brown, Max Casella, and Raza Jaffrey, hits cinemas on Friday.

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Blake Lively rocks giant emerald necklace to The Rhythm Section premiere

Blake Lively wore a necklace featuring a 50-carat emerald to the New York premiere of The Rhythm Section.The actress, who plays a woman veering down a path of self-destruction after a tragic plane crash kills her family in the Reed Morano-directed film…

Blake Lively wore a necklace featuring a 50-carat emerald to the New York premiere of The Rhythm Section.

The actress, who plays a woman veering down a path of self-destruction after a tragic plane crash kills her family in the Reed Morano-directed film, opted for a black velvet Dolce & Gabbana gown and matching black gloves for the debut, held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Monday night.

Blake topped off her ensemble with bling from Lorraine Schwartz, and in an Instagram post, the jeweller shared that the large necklace was made of diamonds and pearls, and also contained a one-of-a-kind Colombian emerald.

“Blake looks stunning and is wearing #lorraineschwartz #diamond and #pearl with #linkchain and a 50 carat #colombian #emerald,” Lorraine captioned a snap of her friend. “Just saw #therhythmsection starring #blakelively. What a performance!!! It was great! Seriously she was so amazing! So hardcore, captivating, intense, and full of action – I was grabbing on to the person next to me!”

And while speaking to reporters on the red carpet, Blake admitted that she has rarely had the chance to get dressed up for events since welcoming her third child with husband Ryan Reynolds last year.

“A transformation – what do you think I normally look like?” the 32-year-old replied to Entertainment Tonight when asked about her glamorous outfit. “It is. I don’t look like this.”

Meanwhile, it appears Blake is making gloves her new go-to accessory, as she also wore a brown pair with a blush trench coat and matching boots while out and about in New York City before the premiere.

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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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