Wait … Who the Hell is Rebecca Blunt?

Logan Lucky

This weekend, Steven Soderbergh comes out of retirement with the NASCAR caper comedy Logan Lucky, with Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Hilary Swank, and Daniel Craig headlining a cast of notable names. The film — with its quirky, Coen Brothers-esque feel — looks like it’s a lot of fun, and critics agree as it currently holds a 94 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Of course, me being me, I wanted to know who the writer behind this romp was, and the screenplay is credited to Rebecca Blunt.

OK, cool.

Except Rebecca Blunt has no other credits. And isn’t featured in the WGA database. And it really seems that no one has heard of her. The mystery deepens further when one reads The Hollywood Reporter‘s article that bluntly (ahaha) states that Blunt does not even exist.

“The Rebecca Blunt ruse was so thorough that people involved with the film starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig had no idea that a pseudonym was in play and claim to have exchanged emails with Blunt in the UK, where they believed she lived,” the THR report says. “Blunt never visited the set of the film.”

Further, the article puts forth the claim that Soderbergh is the film’s true writer. There’s somewhat of a precedent for this: Soderbergh is known for using psuedonyms when working on different aspects of a film. For instance, his well-known cinematography alias is Peter Andrews, and he’s edited films under the name Mary Ann Bernard.

But that’s not the only theory, of course. Some say the real writer of Logan Lucky is former Talk Soup host John Henson. And another popular alternative theory is that Rebecca Blunt is actually Soderbergh’s wife, Jules Asner (above).

“Well, that’s going to be news to Rebecca Blunt,” Soderbergh told EW. “When people make a statement like that they should be very careful, especially when it’s a woman screenwriter who is having her first screenplay produced.”

THR ends its piece with the statement, “In the meantime, agents, managers and lawyers continue to pursue Blunt, who one agent said ‘would be a huge get.'”

OK, guys, I must confess: I am Rebecca Blunt.

Come get me.

Author: Jay Fingers

Complications arose, ensued, were overcome. | Novelist. Editor. Journalist. Screenwriter.

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