Interviews

GOLDEN GLOBE – 25-year-old English actress Daisy Ridley found instant success when she was cast in the breakout role as Rey in the new Star Wars trilogy. Ever since she has been one of the busiest actresses in the business. With five films awaiting release, she also found time to record “At the Ballet”, a duet with Ann Hathaway, the opening song of the album “Streisand Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway”. Daisy loves music and one of her favorite artists is Tom Waits, she told us when we met recently to discuss Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

“Do you use music to help your acting?”, we asked her.

“I did for The Force Awakens – it was Mulan, I played that soundtrack all the time. I don’t think I did it for The Last Jedi, because I nap all the time… So essentially we’d cut and I’d be, ok bye guys I’ll take five. And I’d go and have a nap. But then I sing all the time, so essentially I’d sing before everything we were doing. But I couldn’t tell you what I’d be singing, just random things.”

Press Conferences

Back in July, Daisy attended a press conference for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ in Hollywood. She looks adorable (as always). High quality pictures have been added to the gallery, check them out!

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DEADLINE – The hot new pitch du jour that studios are circling is an untitled comedy that will be written by Aaron & Jordan Kandell, who worked on Moana and whose last spec script, Adrift, netted an STX deal with Baltasar Kormakur directing Shailene Woodley in the survival tale. The new pitch has Josh Gad, Luke Evans and Star Wars‘ Daisy Ridley attached and it is expected to land quickly. I’m told the best way to describe it is a character-driven comedy that takes an original spin on the superhero genre.

Gad is coming off Beauty and the Beast and currently stars in Marshall; Evans also is coming off Beauty and the Beast along with The Fate of the Furious; and Ridley next stars in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. WME is out with the project. Stay tuned.

Magazine Scans

As you know, Daisy is on the cover of Vogue (US) magazine for their November issue. In a previous post, we shared the outtakes and her two interviews. We finally added the digital scans so please make sure to grab your own copy and to check our gallery. Enjoy!

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Daisy graces the cover of Vogue magazine, November 2017. The first outtakes have been added to the gallery and you can read her interview and watch Daisy answers to 73 questions below! Make sure to keep an eye on the site for the scans.

VOGUE “They’re really heavy,” Daisy Ridley says. “Three, four, five kilos? And the weight’s very unevenly distributed.” She’s talking about lightsabers—and explaining that if you’re actually in a Star Wars movie, you can’t just pick one up and wave it around, as children have been doing in their bedrooms for the past 40 years. Not at all. In real life—or rather, for real movies—special conditioning is in order. Before she could film fight scenes for Star Wars: The Last Jedi—the second in the trilogy in which she plays Rey, the heroine—she undertook a kind of neon martial-arts training. “You do, like, eight thwacks one way, eight the other, eight up, eight down,” she says. I suggest they could market that as a form of exercise. “Yeah,” she agrees, laughing: “Lightsaber school.”

We are driving from Ridley’s hotel in Beverly Hills to a convention center in Anaheim, where 7,000 Disney fans will turn up to see her stand on a stage for a few minutes with the cast of The Last Jedi. She has been groomed for the occasion—three braids on one side of her head, revealing the tiny peace-sign tattoo behind her right ear, a Lela Rose off-the-shoulder pantsuit, and Pierre Hardy pumps embellished with eyes. Ridley, a 25-year-old Londoner, is plainspoken and fast-­moving, with a wide face and eyelids that look as though they’ve been painted onto it with a brush. (“People really open up to me; it’s hilarious,” she tells me. “Someone said it’s because I have a big face—I look honest.”) In the classic mode of contemporary London, expletives punctuate her speech. She occasionally phrases things musically, as if improvising a show tune, yet there’s something about her that suggests she’s allergic to nonsense.

When we meet, Ridley has been seen by the general public in only one film. But because that film is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, she has been thrust into a limelight comparable only, perhaps, to the attention directed at Harry Potter upon his arrival at Hogwarts. “Understand the scale,” the film’s director, J. J. Abrams, told her when he offered her the part. “This is not a role in a movie. This is a religion for people. It changes things on a level that is inconceivable.” Ridley nodded enthusiastically, but she really had no idea. “You don’t know what you’re getting into,” she tells me more than three years later, still sounding stunned.

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Chaos Walking, Movies

A first behind the scenes picture has been released showing Daisy and her co-star Tom Holland in their upcoming project ‘Chaos Walking’. Daisy plays Viola Eade and will hit theaters March 1, 2019.

Daddio, Movies

VARIETY – Breakout star Daisy Ridley has signed on to star in spec package “Daddio,” Variety has learned.

Christy Hall penned the script, which follows a woman who is picked up by a cab at JFK airport and driven to her apartment in Manhattan. On the way there, the woman and cabdriver begin discussing their past and current relationships and the effects those relationships have had on their lives.

CAA is arranging financing and will represent the film’s domestic distribution rights.

Insiders say that if all the pieces come together quickly enough, Ridley could shoot “Daddio” before starting prep on “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which, after a postponement from February, starts production in June 2018.

Ridley has been patient in picking her next film after the success of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and waited until “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” had finished shooting before looking at other material.

After “Last Jedi” wrapped, Ridley shot three films, including Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” which opens this November; “Ophelia,” a fresh take on “Hamlet” from the perspective of the protagonist’s doomed love interest; and “Chaos Walking,” a possible franchise that features Ridley starring opposite “Spider-Man: Homecoming” darling Tom Holland. Ridley also voiced a character in the live-action/animated hybrid “Peter Rabbit” starring James Corden.

Hall’s credits include the stage plays “Yours, Isabel” and “To Quiet the Quiet.” She is represented by CAA, LBI Entertainment, and attorney Miles Metcoff.

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DEADLINE – This party animal is sportin’ a blue jacket but no pants. He treats fellow woodland creatures to an “all you can eat” in a garden, even the fox who tried to make hasenpfeffer out of him. He hosts a swingin’ bash — well, “hosts” is not the correct verb, as the place clearly isn’t his. Then again, neither is the garden. Meet Peter Rabbit, titular star of Sony’s live-action/animation hybrid.

While this likely isn’t the way Beatrix Potter imagined the furry hero of her turn-of-the-20th-century literary classic, James Corden couldn’t care less. The Late Late Show and trophycast host voices the mischievous and adventurous Peter in an irreverent contemporary telling. The logline: Peter’s feud with menacing farmer Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover (Rose Byrne) who lives next door.

The voice cast also features Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Daisy Ridley as respective triplets Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail, with Sam Neill among the human element. Will Gluck directed the film, which he and Rob Lieber co-wrote. Columbia Pictures opens Peter Rabbit wide on February 9.