A Simple Favor sequel starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick is officially happening

2 February 2023, 16:37

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Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

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Our prayers have finally been answered: Blake Lively and her fabulous tuxedos will soon return to the big screen because a sequel to A Simple Favor is officially in the works and People have now teased that filming is due to start later this autumn in Italy.

The first film was released in 2018 and it was an instant hit. Based on Darcey Bell's 2017 novel of the same name, the movie centres on widowed mummy blogger Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick), who meets charismatic PR boss Emily Nelson (Blake Lively) through her son. The two strike up an unlikely friendship, but when Emily mysteriously disappears, Stephanie uncovers that Emily is not who she thought she was…

Last year, Deadline reported that Amazon Studios and Lionsgate would be bringing back Blake and Anna for a second film. Not only that but the original A Simple Favor screenwriter, Jessica Sharzer, is working her magic on the script once again, and Paul Feig, who directed the first film, has returned.

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A Simple Favor sequel starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick is officially happening.
A Simple Favor sequel starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick is officially happening. Picture: Lionsgate

Blake confirmed the exciting news on her Instagram Stories, reposting an article about the announcement. In the background, Blake added the lyric, "Then I check it TWICE, oh," from Taylor Swift's 2017 song 'Look What You Made Me Do'.

Anna also expressed her excitement in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: "I can't wait to revisit the hilarious, deeply dark inner world of Stephanie Smothers, and reunite Stephanie and Emily under the watchful and stylish eye of the glorious Paul Feig." Anna has since told E! News: "I've actually read the script now and it's so good."

Needless to say, fans are just as hyped as Blake and Anna about the movie returning for a sequel.

Now you're probably wondering what would happen in A Simple Favor 2, right? The original film left off with - spoiler incoming – Emily receiving a 20 year jail sentence for all her scheming and Stephenie becoming a part-time detective. Well… of course, there's no details on the plot at the moment but all we can hope is that our faves Linda Cardellini and Henry Golding will be returning as Emily's ex Diana Hyland and Emily's husband Sean Townsend, retrospectively.

There's also no word on when it'll be released, but with production taking place later this year, we imagine that a 2024 release could be on the cards? We're counting down the days.

Are you excited for A Simple Favour 2? Tweet us @popbuzz and let us know!

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