‘A Simple Favor 2’ to Reunite Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Director Paul Feig

Lionsgate and Amazon Studios have announced that a sequel to the 2018 hit mystery-comedy film “A Simple Favor” is coming. The sequel will bring back stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, as well as Paul Feig to direct.

Based on the 2017 novel of the same name, “A Simple Favor” told the story of a widowed single mother named Stephanie, played by Kendrick. Working as a vlogger in Connecticut, she looks enviously upon her best friend, Emily (Lively). Emily has a successful career, a loving family and a glamorous lifestyle. However, things turn awry when Emily mysteriously disappears one day, causing Stephanie to launch her own investigation into her friend’s past, finding more than a few surprises along the way.

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The sequel will see the return of Stephanie and Emily as they head to the beautiful island of Capri, Italy, for Emily’s extravagant wedding to a rich Italian businessman. Along with the glamorous guests, expect murder and betrayal to RSVP for a wedding with more twists and turns than the road from the Marina Grande to the Capri town square.

Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Bashir Salahuddin, Joshua Satine, Ian Ho and Kelly McCormack will also reprise their roles in the film. “A Simple Favor 2” is targeting a spring start-of-production and will be available to stream on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

The first film, which earned more than $97 million at the worldwide box office, was a large commercial success for Lionsgate.

Oscar-nominated actor Kendrick is making her directorial debut with the Netflix feature film “Woman of the Hour,” which will premiere this fall. Notable credits include “Up in the Air,” “The Accountant” and the “Pitch Perfect” franchise.

Lively rose to fame for her role as Serena van der Woodsen on “Gossip Girl,” following up that success with roles in films such as “The Shallows,” “The Age of Adeline,” The Rhythm Section” and “The Town.” She’ll next be seen in the film adaption of Colleen Hoover’s bestselling novel “It Ends With Us,” and will make her feature film directorial debut for Searchlight with the adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel “Seconds.”

Feig, who has directed hits such as “Bridesmaids,” “Spy” and “The Heat,” recently directed the Netflix adaptation of “The School for Good And Evil” starring Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington.

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