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Dressed to Kill

The man behind the comedy blockbusters Bridesmaids and Spy takes Blake Lively for a much darker spin



“MY FAVORITE THING IN THE world is surprising an audience by changing it up with an actor who they think they know,” says director Paul Feig, who has a résumé to back up that claim.

Since making the switch from TV to film, Feig, the co-creator with Judd Apatow of the 1999 cult show Freaks and Geeks, has turned a mainstream comedian, Melissa McCarthy, into a crass, badass superstar (beginning with 2011’s Bridesmaids); revealed the funny bone in deadly serious action star Jason Statham (2015’s Spy); and transformed Chris Hemsworth, famous for playing Thor, into a hilariously vapid bimbo in 2016’s Ghostbusters.

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