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.