Blake Lively To Be Cast In New Steven Soderbergh Film


Blake Lively has been trying hard the last year to push her career out of the Gossip Girl comfort zone. Unfortunately her attempts haven’t been the biggest successes so far. She spent her last break from GG shooting Oliver Stone’s Savages, following the flop of The Green Lantern. Now she’s picked up a new film, but will this prove that she is a real A-list actor or make sure she stays in Serena-land for the rest of her life?

The role she has landed is in the new Steven Soderbergh movie, The Side Effects. She is said to have accepted the role of an anxious woman who takes prescriptions meds while waiting for her man to be released from prison. Her husband is going to be played by Channing Tatum, and the other star that has reported to have signed up is none other than Jude Law, who would be playing the role of Blake’s psychiatrist.

The Playlist confirmed that casting has not been finalized but been underway since December. Gossip Girl fans aside, what do you think of Blake Lively? I can separate my opinion of her from my obsession (read: I know its terrible but I cant stop watching it!). Pics are from the filming of Gossip Girl in the Lower East Side in NY, in mid December.

She’s certainly not the best actress out there, but I do give her props for continuing to land roles and really try move herself out of the Serena Van De Woodsen type cast. I’m not quite sure this will be the role that does it though, and it does seem like a pretty odd mix with Jude Law. Not quite sure why he would take the role… what do you think?

Shooting is meant to begin in April for a release in 2013, so there is a while off on this one still. Soderbergh does have a lot coming out this year though – Haywire arrives January 20th (and Channing Tatum is in this one too), and Magic Mike comes out June 27th. His last film for now, HBO’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, will shoot later this year.

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  • flossie

    Good for her!

  • Mr. Gyllenhaal

    She sucks as an actress but good for her for trying more diverse projects!! Um, I hate to say it but I don’t think those three are going to be breaking any numbers once the weekend talley comes out!

    • Mr. Gyllenhaal

      TALLY…Hey, I never said I didn’t suck at typing:)

  • nicole

    oh Channing <3, the movie already has me sold.
    as for Green Lantern, i cant blame her one bit..the over the top CGI is what ruined it for me.

  • Bethany

    I know you don’t watch the show, but her character’s name is Serena Van Der Woodsen, not Van De Wooden. In my defense I only know this because I’ve been marathoning the show on Netflix for the past week, lol.

  • Amélie

    She was pretty good in The Town, i don’t think she is a bad actress, she just needs to find the right projects : Stone and Soderbergh are great choices… wait and see.

    • sars

      Totally agree here!

      I don’t think Lively’s a bad actress… she just has yet to really shine. Green Lantern was a flop for EVERYONE (including Reynolds). Everything else she’s been in has been okay to good.

    • Brittany

      Yeah I agree. I think she was really good in The Town. It really showed that she has more to offer than as Serena.

  • banana

    i don’t know why but i have the feeling that she’s gonna be another Jennifer Aniston! you know, making 50 movies where 49 of them flop and 1 finally does it for her (aka horrible bosses)

    not a bad thing though cos Jennifer is still as rich as hell!

  • dancingbear

    i don’t think she’s a bad actress i just think that she doesn’t have a lot of experience yet. she’s young and still has a long way to go. but give her props because she’s actually picking good project she may not have a lot of films yet but she’s actually picking quality ones. i’ve watched the private lives of pippa lee and elvis and annabelle and i thought she did well. she just needs the right material and more experience.