Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland's 'Chaos Walking' Gets a Release Date

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - 7:15PM
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - 7:15PM
Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland's 'Chaos Walking' Gets a Release Date
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Lionsgate is a movie studio that prides itself on doing one thing very well: making movies aimed at the lucrative "Young Adult" demographic that are dark, gritty, and try to be politically complex. Bonus points if that movie is about a dystopian future, or if it's based on a popular series of novels.

As such, if you're playing the Lionsgate drinking game, it's time to finish your glass: director Doug Liman's Chaos Walking is adapted from the first in a trilogy of dystopian sci-fi books by Patrick Ness, and it officially has a March 2019 release date and a synopsis describing a dangerous disease that makes its victims telepathic. It also just so happens to star two major genre stars, Star Wars' Daisy Ridley and Spider-Man: Homecoming's Tom Holland. Here's the summary:

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From Carnegie Award-winning author Patrick Ness comes a bold cinematic experience beyond imagination. Todd Hewitt lives on the distant planet of New World-a new hope for humanity until struck by "The Noise," a virus which inflicts immersive visions of ones' every thought. The cacophony drives many mad until Todd makes a hidden, silent discovery: there is a girl named Viola, who may be the key to unlocking New World's many layered secrets. Together, the two unlikely companions are forced on a white-knuckle adventure into an unexplored planet – trying to escape and hide in an environment where all thought is heard, all movement seen –as they both discover the truth about the lives they left behind and the spectacular world they've learned to call home.
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Since the setting and story are probably only interesting to the young adult crowd, the reason this movie has been garnering attention is because of its absolutely stellar cast. You can't throw Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland into the middle of a movie together and expect it to fly under the radar, especially in the wake of Holland's successful Spider-Man performance (you can read our Spider-Man: Homecoming review here). And that's something that Lionsgate is almost certainly counting on.

What's really interesting, though, is the director who is (at least temporarily) attached to the project. Doug Liman comes with a solid reputation for making innovative science fiction movies, and, more importantly, a dangerous reputation for blowing off any directing job that he's not totally and completely in love with.

Liman ditched the solo X-Men film Gambit in order to make Justice League Dark, later complaining that Gambit's script was awful (despite it being completely within his power as director to fix the script before filming). Then, Liman left Justice League Dark to focus on the upcoming Edge of Tomorrow sequel, claiming that there simply isn't enough time in his schedule for two movies.

Cross your fingers for Chaos Walking, this project might be a by-the-numbers Lionsgate movie on paper, but it could end up having a very eventful development period.

Chaos Walking is currently scheduled to come out March 1, 2019.

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