Blake Lively is first in line to star in the film adaptation of The Husband’s Secret.
Yesterday (May 25), Deadline revealed the Shallows actress, 29, would star and executive produce the CBS Films adaptation of Liane Moriarty‘s 2013 novel of the same name. When asked to comment on the studio’s decision to tap Lively for a spot in the film, CBS Films President Terry Press said the Gossip Girl alum’s screen-friendliness and loyalty to Moriarty’s story would translate well on-screen:
Liane Moriarty has established herself as one of the defining voices of the modern woman and Blake Lively’s unique combination of vulnerability, strength, and extraordinary talent makes her the perfect actress to realize Moriarty’s creation.
Written by Moriarty (of Big Little Lies notoriety), the film will follow the widowed Cecilia Fitzpatrick, who discovers a posthumous letter from her late husband. In it, dark secrets are contained that, once unfolded, could shatter not only Cecilia’s foundation but the livelihood of two other women as well.
In the same air as Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret is bound by intrigue, murder plots, and a bed of lies (which has more or less become the author’s trademark), the novel should make well for the big screen.
While we’ve yet to learn exactly which role Lively will play in the film, or who all will play her opposite and co-star, one thing is for certain: with the right additions, this film could be on its way to becoming Moriarty’s first blockbuster hit. I think Lively is good for another thriller, especially after watching her in the Shallows last year. Not to mention, with Moriarty coming off the success of HBO‘s Big Little Lies this spring, I think we’re all a bit ready to see what her next project has to offer.