The first trailer for Blake Lively’s long-anticipated spy thriller “The Rhythm Section” is here. Lively’s got dark hair, an icy cold stare and is looking to settle things “with violence.”
The movie, based on Mark Burnell’s book, as well as his own screenplay, comes from “The Handmaid’s Tale” director Reed Morano and stars Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown in what could be the start of a franchise led by the long-time producers of the James Bond films, Michael G. Wilson, and Barbara Broccoli.
Lively stars as Stephanie Patrick, an ordinary woman who turns self-destructive and with nothing to lose after her family is killed in a plane crash, one that turns out not to be just an accident. She then turns to a dark, complex world and enlists the help of Law’s character to seek revenge on those responsible and find her own redemption.
It’s a bleak trailer with the same slick production values and documentary-realistic intensity that Morano brought to the first season of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and the morose cover of “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” heard in the trailer just underscores the darkness of the story.
“I’m going to say this once: even if you succeed it won’t be worth it,” Law’s character says to Lively.
After some delays that pushed it back from a release earlier this year and then again from this fall, Paramount Pictures is releasing “The Rhythm Section” on Jan. 31, 2020.
Stuart Ford, Greg Shapiro, Mark Burnell, Rob Friedman, Vaishali Mistry, Donald Tang, Simon Williams and Gregg Wilson are serving as executive producers on the film.
Watch the full first trailer for “The Rhythm Section” above.