Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Blake Lively Feeling Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects
01.10.12 by Ryan
Director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean's Eleven) is sprinting toward his planned sabbatical/retirement.
With Haywire opening later this month, and Magic Mike opening this summer, Soderbergh has started casting his penultimate movie, the thriller The Side Effects. Briefly called The Bitter Pill before returning to its original title, Soderbergh signed on to direct the movie after exiting his The Man from U.N.C.L.E. adaptation.
Written by frequent Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns (The Informant!, Contagion, and, ironically, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), The Playlist reports that Soderbergh has cast actors Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Blake Lively in the movie. Tatum previously worked with Soderbergh on both Haywire and Magic Mike and Law reportedly loved working on Contagion with Soderbergh, while Lively (Green Lantern) is a newcomer to the director.
According to the report, Lively will play the lead role of Emily Hawkins, a woman who turns to prescription drugs to cope with pending release of her husband (Tatum) from jail. Law will play Lively's new psychiatrist.
Financing for The Side Effects has also been secured. While Twilight studio Summit Entertainment was initially thought to be footing the bill, the report claims that billionaire heiress Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures will be writing the checks instead.
Production on The Side Effects will start in April for a planned release in 2013, though there is no release date set yet. After finishing The Side Effects, Soderbergh will move on to his Liberace biopic, titled Behind the Candleabra, with Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, Liberace's lover. Once that movie is complete, Soderbergh will either take a break from directing or retire from movies altogether. We expect the former.