In Novemeber, we reported that Steven Soderbergh had left the adaptation of the 1960s spy TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and turned his attention to The Bitter Pill with Scott Z. Burns (The Informant) writing the screenplay. The Playlist now reports that the film—now titled The Side Effects—has locked down financing and cast Blake Lively, Jude Law, and Channing Tatum in the lead roles. Lively will play, “Emily Hawkins, a woman who turns to prescription meds to cope with the anxiety of the upcoming release from prison of her husband.” Tatum will play the husband and Jude Law will play Hawkins’ new psychiatrist. This will be Lively’s first film with Soderbergh, but it will be Tatum’s third collaboration with the director (Haywire and Magic Mike) and Law’s second (Contagion).
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According to The Playlist, “There’s several meaty supporting roles still to be cast,” and Soderbergh plans to shoot the movie in April for a 2013 release. The Side Effects will be Soderbergh’s penultimate movie before his retirement/sabbatical. His last movie will be the Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, will shoot this summer and be released on HBO His latest film, Haywire, opens January 20th, and his next movie, Magic Mike, opens June 27th.
As for the casting on The Side Effects, Lively did a solid supporting turn in The Town and she has the potential to give a great lead performance if she gets the right role, so hopefully this will be the one. Law is fine casting and he did good work in Contagion. It’s Tatum with whom I continue to have a problem. I still haven’t found a movie where his screen presence isn’t overshadowed by furniture. I’m hoping that streak will end since the guy isn’t going away anytime soon.