Daisy is on the cover of the May 23-29 issue of The Big Issue magazine. She talks about ‘Only Yesterday’ and ‘The Force Awakens’. Make sure to grab your copy and to check the scans in our gallery!
Magazine Scans > 2016 > The Big Issue (May 23)
IBTIMES – Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley paid tribute to Nasa’s first female launch director, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, in a video published on 4 May. Ridley described Nasa’s female employees as “heroic” and said they “continually inspire girls to enter the space programme.”
Spaceflight engineer Blackwell-Thompson will be the first woman to oversee a Nasa lift-off and launch, and will also be the launch director for the Space Launch System, a rocket designed to carry astronauts into deep space and potentially Mars.
Nasa is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s – goals outlined in the bipartisan Nasa Authorization Act of 2010 and in the US National Space Policy, also issued in 2010.
Nasa’s powerful SLS rocket will enable these “proving ground” missions to test new capabilities. Human missions to Mars will rely on Orion and an evolved version of SLS that will be the most powerful launch vehicle ever flown.
DEADLINE – Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts are in final talks to star in Ophelia, a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic Hamlet through the eyes of the play’s famously doomed heroine. Covert Media has boarded to finance and handle international sales at Cannes.
In Shakespeare’s play, Ophelia is one of only two female characters along with that of Gertrude. She is gradually driven mad by Hamlet’s erratic behavior towards her, especially, as well as those around him. Unbeknownst to her, he also kills her father Polonius. Overcome by grief, Ophelia is later found drowned. It is not entirely clear in the play if she killed herself or simply suffered an accident. As per Gertrude’s poetic summation of her death, one of literature’s most evocative passages, Ophelia was “incapable of her own distress.”
The project is based on the award-winning novel by Lisa Klein, which Semi Chellas (Mad Men) has adapted. Claire McCarthy (The Waiting City) will direct. Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger (The Brothers Grimm) are producing. CAA packaged and arranged financing and will handle the domestic sale.
“Set in the 14th century but spoken in a contemporary voice, Ophelia will put the titular character center stage. Sarah, Ehren and I have always treated this film like a jewel, since there’s something extra precious in bringing to life a treasured female icon, celebrated for centuries as an alluring figure in the shadows of Shakespeare’s most famous work, without ever really having her own story told,” said Bobker.
Daisy Ridley (joined by a few friends) wishes fans a happy Star Wars Day and offers thanks for all the money raised through Star Wars: Force for Change. This marks your last chance to donate — and the chance to win a trip to Ireland and visit Skellig Michael, the iconic location of Rey’s fateful meeting with Luke Skywalker in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.
According to the Mirror, Daisy is in the running to play Rebekah Nicholson, girlfriend of Leicester striker Jamie Vardy in his biopic. No more info about it but Emilia Clarke is the front runner for the role.
MIRROR – Jamie gave us one of the most jaw-dropping stories in footie after firing the Foxes to the top of the Premier League.
His ascent, from earning £30 a week as an amateur to England pro in six years is beyond belief.
Hollywood bosses are said to be eyeing Vinnie Jones to play ex-manager Nigel Pearson. Star Wars star Daisy Ridley is also a contender for the role of Vardy’s girlfriend.
Filmmaker Adrian Butchart , who’s expected to release the movie in 2017, said: “In a male-dominated story, it’s important to have a strong female lead. Becky’s a combination of beauty and inner strength.”
Daisy is featured in the June issue of Empire magazine for winning the award of Best Female Newcomer during the Jameson Empire Awards earlier this year. Once again, many thanks to my friend AliKat for the scans.
Magazine Scans > 2016 > Empire (June)
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Daisy Ridley is in talks to star in the Holocaust drama The Lost Wife. The film was penned by Marc Klein (A Good Year, Serendipity).
The story centers on a young Jewish woman who is separated from her husband when the Germans invade Prague and uses her talents as an artist to survive until the couple is miraculously reunited decades later in America.
Robbie Brenner, whose passion project Dallas Buyers Club landed a best picture nomination, is producing Lost Wife.
Ridley, who became an in-demand star thanks to her turn as Rey in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is repped by CAA, which is packaging Lost Wife and putting together financing.
Ridley recently signed on to star in Marielle Heller’s Kolma, which Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams is producing for Paramount. She will reprise her role as Rey in the next Star Wars outing, Episode VIII, which will bow on Dec. 15, 2017. She also is narrating and executive producing the English-language version of the Sundance doc The Eagle Huntress.
The British actress is additionally repped by Sloane, Offer.
Klein is represented by UTA, Kaplan/Perrone and attorney Karl Austen.
Added a scan of Daisy featuring in the May 2, 2016 issue of People magazine. (Thanks to AliKat)