The planned film will have Blunt playing Kate Warne, the very first woman in history to become a detective at US private security guard and detective agency Pinkerton in 1856. Warne was a trailblazer in the male-heavy field, working on a number of high-profile cases and playing a pivotal role in the discovery of a plot to assassinate the President, Abraham Lincoln.
Deadline broke the news, reporting that the picture is to be “a propulsive action adventure” focused on “a real life female Sherlock Holmes in a male dominated industry whose singular sleuthing skills paved the way for future women in law enforcement and forever changed how detective work was done.”
Writing the screenplay is Gustin Nash, who previously penned Youth in Revolt and Charlie Bartlett. Nash is also attached as an executive producer.
Johnson will be producing the film with Hiram Garcia and Dany Garcia via their Seven Bucks Productions banner, along with Blunt and her Ledbury Productions banner, and Kristina Sorensen Productions. At this stage, it appears that Johnson won’t have an acting role in the film, although it’s still relatively early in the project, so you never know.
The marks a reteam for Blunt and Johnson, who can be seen together in recently released Disney adventure Jungle Cruise. Their chemistry on screen has been hailed by many as palpable, and their lengthy press junket period showcased that the two have certainly become good buds in real life. Expect this working relationship to continue way past this.
Blunt’s recent credits include A Quiet Place Part II, Mary Poppins Returns and Wild Mountain Thyme. The star will next be seen in her first series as lead, BBC’s The English, a western drama about an Englishwoman who heads into the West looking to take revenge on the man responsible for the death of her son.