Blake Lively is in negotiations to star in Sony's shark movie "In the Deep," which has been described as a cross between "127 Hours" and "Jaws," multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
Jaume Collet-Serra ("Run All Night") recently came on to replace Louis Leterrier as director. He'll be working from a script by Tony Jaswinski that Sony acquired in a bidding war last fall.
"In the Deep" will pit Lively against a sadistic shark that has her trapped on a buoy 20 yards from the shore. The script is said to provide a strong emotional vehicle for a young actress, and Lively is a solid fit for the material.
Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem are producing for Weimaraner Republic Pictures.
Lively recently starred in "The Age of Adaline" and will soon be seen as a blind woman who regains her sight in Marc Forster's "All I See Is You" with Jason Clarke. She has also booked a role in the ensemble cast of Woody Allen's next film, which is currently untitled.
Lively previously starred on "Gossip Girl" and in the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" movies, as well as Ben Affleck's "The Town" and Oliver Stone's "Savages." She's represented by WME, Management 360 and attorney Jeff Bernstein.