Blake Lively will be directing her debut film!
With the planned adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s 2014 graphic novel Seconds, the A Simple Favor actress, 34, will make her feature directorial debut. According to The Hollywood Reporter, O’Malley also authored the source material for Edgar Wright’s 2010 feature Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Wright wrote the script and will help produce Lively’s Seconds.
Seconds follows Katie, a cook who learns the power of second chances by writing down her mistakes, ingesting a mystical fungus, and sleeping. The error is undone when she wakes up, but the do-overs cause further issues, as she discovers.
Lively, who, with husband Ryan Reynolds, is one of the co-chairs of the 2022 Met Gala, took her first excursion into filmmaking when she directed Taylor Swift’s latest music video for “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version),” which released in November and starred Miles Teller.
Swift, 32, congratulated Lively on her first time directing a music video on Instagram at the time, saying, “On her directorial debut, I finally got to work with the bright, bold, and wickedly funny @blakelively. Join us for a toast and a smidgeon of hell.”
The music video was nominated for Video of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. When asked what or who she’d want to direct next by Entertainment Tonight, she quipped, “I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, I Please tell Beyoncé not to contact me!”
In November, the Gossip Girl star explained why it’s “extremely essential” for her three girls to witness her juggle numerous jobs as a working parent to PEOPLE.
“I want to be the greatest mother I can be, and I want them to feel my presence,” she said at the time. “But I also think the best way to be the best mother is to show them that you can have a life, a passion, and an identity outside of simply being a mother.”
Continue to be active, “I mean, being a mother is utterly all-consuming, and that’s not to say that many women don’t have the option to work, but I believe that having your own identity is quite vital. And it’s critical to educate children that they can take care of themselves and that everything is possible.”
“As a result, it’s critical that they see me working. I do, however, bring them with me…. I bring them with me everywhere. It’s completely improper, but I’m fortunate to have a position that permits me to do so “she said.