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Filming Recommences on 'The Rhythm Section' as Blake Lively Returns to Ireland
16 Jul 2018 : Nathan Griffin
Eon Productions’ ‘The Rhythm Section’ has recommenced filming in Ireland after production was forced to shut down earlier in the year following the injury of leading actress Blake Lively.

Blake Lively & Jude Law were spotted filming in Dublin on Sunday evening with director Reed Morano (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’).

Production was temporarily halted back in December after Lively sustained an injury to her hand while performing a stunt in Dublin.

It was unclear at the time when the production would return to Ireland as no date was made clear by the production team in its official statement about the incident. Local crew were also encouraged to seek other work while the American actress returned home to recover from her injury.

It was widely reported that surgery on the injured hand of Blake Lively did not go as planned and a further operation had been scheduled, causing a long-term delay to the return of the actress.

Production resumed elsewhere in June however as other production locations that included Spain and New York had been arrange to take place after the successful completion of filming in Ireland. Now the crew has return to wrap on principal photography with a February 2019 target for release still being held by Eon Productions.

‘The Rhythm Section’ is an adaptation of Mark Burnell’s spy thriller, which follows protagonist Stephanie Patrick (Blake Lively), seeking to uncover the truth behind a plane crash that killed her family, and that she herself was meant to be on. The Eon production (‘James Bond’ Franchise) is set to have a budget of $50 million, and is being produced by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, with funding coming from Global Road.

Eon Productions’ Barbara Broccoli has been quite enthusiastic about her first experience making a film in Ireland, saying:

"Ireland plays many different things in this movie. It shows you how versatile it is, that it can be many different places. We love being here; we love the Irish crew… It's just the people; it's the welcoming spirit of the people that's just so lovely."

Speculation about Ireland serving as a potential film location for an upcoming James Bond film has also been stoked by Broccoli’s comments, who told RTÉ Entertainment that:

"It's a great place to make movies. You've got great craftsmen and crews and a wonderful spirit here and beautiful locations and facilities. I guess we've been so busy travelling around the world [that] often you don't really notice what's on your own doorstep. Let's see, maybe we'll try and get Bond here at some point. I must say, having experienced it, I would love to come back."

An initial release date of February 22nd, 2019 was announced for ‘The Rhythm Section’ by Paramount Pictures who are handling worldwide distribution on the film. 

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