Daisy Ridley lands next lead movie role in thriller set "on the side of the Shard"

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Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley has landed her next lead movie role in Cleaner, an upcoming action-thriller which is set "on the side of the Shard".

Directed by Martin Campbell, the film will star Ridley as Joey Locke, "an ex-soldier turned window cleaner" who scales the famed London skyscraper in order to save the day.

Per Deadline, Cleaner will see a group of radical activists take over an energy company's annual gala at the Shard, holding 300 people hostage to expose the organization's corruption.

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However, a "zealous extremist" within the group hijacks the cause and threatens to murder the hostages so their message will go worldwide.

Thanks to Joey's experience as both a solider and a window cleaner, it's up to her to "save the hostages and take down the killers" by scaling the building 90 stories up — "whilst also finding a way to bring the corrupt energy moguls to justice".

Cleaner will begin production towards the end of summer 2023, though it remains unknown whether it will actually film at the Shard.

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Martin Campbell — who directed the James Bond movies Casino Royale and GoldenEye — said in a statement: "Cleaner is a nail-biting thriller, unique and original in both its characters and its setting.

"Much of the film takes place on the side of the Shard — hundreds of feet up in the air — and I want the audience to be up there with Joey in a stomach-churning, vertiginous experience. There isn't a more instinctive and powerful actress than Daisy right now to help us do just that."

Cleaner begins production later this year.

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