In 47 Meters Down (out June 16), the onetime "Candy" singer stars alongside Vampire Diaries actress Claire Holt as two sisters whose vacation takes a turn for the worst when their diving cage breaks away from a boat and sinks to the bottom of the ocean.
It's that The Shallows shark had to survive.
EXCLUSIVE: The Spectacular Reinvention of Mandy Moore Here is the business side of it: Dimension Films and Anchor Bay Entertainment planned the home release for 47 Meters Down, hyping the film as "the greatest shark movie of all time to hit your screens since JAWS!" Just one week before it's release, that plan was scrapped after Entertainment Studios swooped in, purchased the finished film and announced a theatrical run set for summer 2017.
(Lively's co-star, "Steven Seagull," was snubbed.) What likely wasn't a factor, but instead just a stroke of good timing, is Moore's star status, which experienced a massive upswing this year.
Which is something Moore herself has said, recently opening up to ET, "I've gone through my share of career lulls and rejections and disappointment." Then, six months after she was cast in 47 Meters Down, she was cast in "The Untitled Dan Fogelman Pilot," which would premiere a year later as This Is Us, becoming a ratings juggernaut and certifiable Emmys contender.