‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ leading lady Daisy Ridley has landed her first major role outside of the iconic sci-fi franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ridley has signed on to play the lead in Lionsgate’s ‘Chaos Walking,’ an adaptation of a YA novel trilogy by Patrick Ness.
It’s a post-apocalyptic tale set in “a world where all living creatures can hear one another’s thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise.”
Ness wrote three novels in the series: ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ (first published 2008), ‘The Ask and the Answer’ (2009), and ‘Monsters of Men’ (2010). Lionsgate bought the rights to the series in 2011.
‘Chaos Walking’ is set to be directed by Doug Liman – which immediately begs questions as to just when the film will start production, as the director is also attached to 20th Century Fox’s long-delayed ‘X-Men’ spin-off ‘Gambit,’ set to star Channing Tatum. No production dates for ‘Chaos Walking’ have yet been revealed.
Nor is there any mention as to whether the plan is for a single ‘Chaos Walking’ film, or three. Lionsgate have enjoyed mixed fortunes with YA franchises, famously finding huge success with the ‘Hunger Games’ movies, but stumbling with the more recent ‘Divergent’ series, whose fourth instalment is said to be going direct to TV.
Still, this is a further step up for Ridley. The 24-year old British actress was plucked from obscurity to play the key role of Rey in last year’s ‘Star Wars’ revival, and has recently completed principal photography on the as-yet untitled ‘Star Wars Episode VIII.’
She has since been in contention for the role of Lara Croft in the upcoming ‘Tomb Raider’ reboot (she lost out to Alicia Vikander), and her other future films include ‘The Lost Wife,’ ‘Ophelia’ and ‘Kolma.’
Picture Credit: WENN, Walker Books