After the star of the upcoming adaptation of Mark Burnell’s first installment of a series of spy novels, Blake Lively, got seriously injured while shooting, the production of the film had to be put on hold. Yet the project was not delayed during Lively’s recovery, still set to be released on February 22nd, with Sterling K. Brown officially joining the cast, who, among a number of recent roles, is best known for his award-winning performances as Christopher Darden in The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story and as Randall Pearson in NBC’s This is Us. Brown’s casting was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
The novel follows a woman whose family dies in a deliberately planned plane crash. Now, the heroine seeks revenge. Lively will be playing the titular role of “Stephanie Patrick.” Rhythm Section is the first book in a four-book series, with Burnell penning the script of his own novel. The film is being produced by Eon Productions, the studio in charge of James Bond films, and in the director’s chair is Reed Morano of The Handmaid’s Tale.
Brown previously won an Emmy for O.J. and This is Us, also receiving a Golden Globe for the latter performance. The actor has been rising toward the zenith of TV, and his upcoming performance in a potentially box office favorite Hotel Artemis may further push his film work after this year’s Black Panther.