Lively, Cooper Join Affleck’s “Town”

Blake Lively (TV’s “Gossip Girl”) has joined the ensemble cast of the Ben Affleck-directed crime thriller “The Town” for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on Chuck Hogan’s novel “Prince of Thieves,” the story follows a bank manager (Rebecca Hall), the career criminal (Affleck) who stole more than her heart and the dedicated FBI agent (Jon Hamm) trying to bust the crook and his gang, of which Renner is a part.

Lively is playing Affleck’s troubled ex-girlfriend and sister to Jeremy Renner’s character. Chris Cooper is in negotiations to play Affleck’s father.

Graham King and Basil Iwanyk are producing. Shooting begins next month in Boston.