Daisy Ridley Just Got Another Major Science Fiction Movie Role

Friday, 05 August 2016 - 1:04PM
Friday, 05 August 2016 - 1:04PM
Daisy Ridley Just Got Another Major Science Fiction Movie Role
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Daisy Ridley has become something of a sensation for sci-fi fans. Her performance as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, coupled with her honest and excitable approach to life have won the British actor hundreds of thousands of fans. Unsurprisingly, Ridley's talent and popularity hasn't gone unnoticed by executives in Hollywood who are all keen to see her transfer that magic to new titles. Capitalizing on the breakout role of Rey, Ridley has signed up for a number of projects outside of the Star Wars Universe, including playing the titular role in a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's Ophelia. But for many, sci-fi is where we first me Ridley, so it's understandable that we all want to see her in as many geeky titles as possible. This week, we got our wish, because Variety is reporting that Ridley has secured the starring role in an adaptation of Patrick Ness's young adult sci-fi novel, Chaos Walking.

Centering on two children, Viola and Todd, Chaos Walking is a post-apocalyptic tale set in a world where there are no women, and all living creatures can hear each other's thoughts. This constant flow of images, sounds, and emotions is known as 'Noise', and we're led to believe it has been brought about by a strange germ. In the books, protagonists Todd and Viola are in their early teens, but if Ridley is expected to play the latter of the two, it seems likely they'll be upping their ages to at least the late teens, bringing the movie more in line with the likes of other YA heroes like Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior.

Adding to the exciting potential of this adaptation is the fact that Doug Liman is attached to direct. Back in 2014, Liman directed the brilliant adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's All You Need is Kill (renamed Edge of Tomorrow) starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. 

No release date has been set for Chaos Walking, but you can check out an early synopsis below.

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Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown. But Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Or are there? Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible. Prentisstown has been lying to him. And now he's going to have to run…
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