Guess Megan Ellison is Team Blair.
Annapurna pictures agreed to sign with Open Road and distribute Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller Side Effects, but they’ve since dropped out. Rumor has it that the casting of Blake Lively as one of the leads caused Ellison’s company to back out.
Blake’s acting talents get mixed reviews, but putting aside Green Lantern and Gossip Girl, many critics lauded her performance in The Town and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. Jury’s still out on Miss Lively as a serious actress so apparently Rooney Mara, Michelle Williams, Emily Blunt and Imogen Poots are backups in case another studio doesn’t like her as the lead.
Blake’s character is “a troubled young woman who develops a dangerous love triangle between her doctor (Jude Law) and her newly paroled husband (Channing Tatum)”. Catherine Zeta-Jones would play another of Blake’s doctors. The movie is expected to start filming in April in NYC.
The one thing we can’t get over is Williams as a backup to Blake. The blonds both got their start with teen TV dramas but Michelle is up for an Oscar and Blake is still being accused of leaking her own star-tattooed nude photos. Oh well, guess we all have to grow up sometime. Serena Van Der Woodsen, don’t screw this one up.
Annapurna Pictures Drops Out Of ‘Side Effects’ Over Casting; Potential Options Emerge, While Catherine Zeta-Jones Joins Cast [IndieWire]