Blake Lively is stepping behind the camera for her next project!
The Hollywood star is set to direct an adaptation of the graphic novel Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley, as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter (THR).
It’ll be her first time directing a feature film, which is a huge deal, because how many female directors do we have in the industry? Well, according to a 2010 study by the Geena Davis Institute, only 8% and in subsequent studies this figure has gone up to 21% and down to 4%. (Bottom line. There are still not enough women behind the camera. And this of course impacts the portrayal of women and girls on screen.)
You might remember, Blake did step behind the camera last year to direct bestie Taylor Swift’s music video for “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version)” which earned her two Country Music Award nominations for Video of the Year.
So what is Seconds all about? A chef named Katie Clay who discovers the special power of second chances by writing down her mistakes, eating a magic mushroom and going to sleep. When she wakes, she gets to do-over whatever she’s written down in her journal – sounds awesome, right? – but this, of course, isn’t as simple as it sounds and leads to a whole bunch of other problems!
The Seconds film follows the adaptation of O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim novels, written and directed by Edgar Wright. According to THR, Wright is on board once again as writer and producer. We don’t have a release date just yet.
In addition to her directorial projects, Blake is a mum-of-3, has launched a sparkling drinks line called Betty Buzz, the Group Effort Initiative with hubby Ryan Reynolds which is diversifying the entertainment industry through paid internships on film sets and this weekend she’ll be co-chairing the MET Gala with Ryan, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Regina King!
(Feature Image Credit: Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock)