“A Simple Favor 2” with Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick Set in Italy

Actresses Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick are set to reprise their roles in “A Simple Favor 2,” a sequel to the 2018 dark-comedy thriller, “A Simple Favor.” The initial film, written by Jessica Sharzer and directed by Paul Feig, was based on a novel by Darcey Bell. It followed the intricate story of Stephanie (Kendrick), a mommy blogger who uncovers a web of deceit when her friend Emily (Lively) mysteriously disappears. The sequel was officially announced in May 2022, and its production details have gradually been unveiled since.

‘A Simple Favor 2’ Greenlit

Amazon MGM Studios confirmed in March 2024, a few months after the sequel announcement in May 2022, that “A Simple Favor 2” is officially in production. Excitement for the film is evident, with writer Jessica Sharzer, director Paul Feig, and the original cast all expressing their eagerness to bring back the film’s enigmatic world.

Release of the Sequel

Although a firm release date for the sequel is yet unknown, director Paul Feig revealed during an interview on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show that the film will not premiere in 2023 due to scheduling difficulties and the impending birth of Blake Lively’s baby.

Returning Cast for the Sequel

Besides Kendrick and Lively, several other original cast members, including Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Joshua Satine, Ian Ho, Bashir Salahuddin, and Kelly McCormack, are confirmed to reprise their roles in the sequel.

‘A Simple Favor’ Recap

The previous film ended on a thrilling note, with Emily getting a 20-year sentence for murdering her father and sister. Stephanie had moved on from Emily’s husband, Sean (Golding), and was involved with someone new while also dabbling in amateur detective work. Sean found success as an author and professor amid his wife’s incarceration.

Stephanie’s Character Development

Spearking about her character’s development in the sequel, Anna Kendrick revealed in an interview that although Stephanie matures and becomes more cunning, she overall remains the same person she was in the original film.

Plot of ‘A Simple Favor 2’

Reports from March 2024 indicate that “A Simple Favor 2” will be set in Capri, Italy, and will revolve around Emily’s wedding to a wealthy Italian businessman. The film description teases a plot filled with unexpected twists and turns, akin to its predecessor.

Distribution of ‘A Simple Favor 2’

“A Simple Favor 2” will premiere on Prime Video, differing from the initial film’s theatrical release.

Wrapping Up

Anticipation is high for “A Simple Favor 2,” and fans are eager to re-enter the fascinating and darkly humorous world of the film’s unique characters. While awaiting updates on the sequel’s release, those interested can revisit the intriguing storyline of the original film on HitPlay.

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