The Age of Adaline is in full swing, and we’re all just living in it. Children across the nation have come down with incurable cases of Adaline fever, snatching up all the Adaline coloring books, Adaline sticker sets, Adaline piñatas, and other Adaline-branded merchandise they can get their grubby little hands on. This October, hundreds of little Adalines will scramble across neighborhoods engorging themselves on Baby Ruths and quoting their favorite lines from the Lee Toland Krieger-directed film. With Age Of Adaline’s Phase Two gleaming on the horizon (five additional Age of Adaline films, with two spin-off television shows in the works), it’ll be a long time until Blake Lively is anything less than a regular fixture at American cineplexes.
News today, however, suggests that Lively will also make a big-screen appearance in the immediate future in a capacity outside of her sacred duties as Adaline. Lively will be the latest actress to enter Woody Allen’s orbit, joining Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz, Rachel McAdams, and Emma Stone among the ranks of Allen’s talented and disproportionately good-looking muses. Deadline notes that even as he readies his Irrational Man for a premiere at Cannes, Allen has typically wasted no time in planning for his next feature. Though neither a plot synopsis nor title is known at this time, it’s already been established that Jesse Eisenberg, Bruce Willis, and Kristen Stewart are linked to the project in addition to Lively.
It’s quite the coup for Lively, who really is a better performer than her unending stint on TV’s Gossip Girl would suggest. She displayed some live-wire energy in The Town way back in 2010, skipping right over Green Lantern, nothing to see here, and she brought a considerable willingness to take risks in her turn in Oliver Stone’s Savages in 2012. It’ll be interesting to see how she handles some dialogue with a bit more limberness.