TRACKING BOARD – Daisy Ridley is already in talks, and we’re now hearing that Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, and Joe Wright are being discussed as possible directors for a package that’s being built around a spec out from Paradigm and Madhouse Entertainment.

The package is for the red hot new spec script AMERICAN REBEL, written by Christopher Cosmos, which tells the true-life story of Deborah Sampson, a young woman who disguised herself as a man to serve in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Under the name Robert Shurtleff of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, she performed military duty for 17 months and was wounded in 1782. She attended to some of her wounds herself to avoid her secret being revealed. In spring of 1783, she was promoted and in that same summer, her gender was discovered by a doctor but he didn’t let slip her secret until the war was over. While other women who were discovered were reprimanded, Sampson received an honorable discharge at West Point on October 25, 1783.

Ridley, who will next be heard in the documentary The Eagle Huntress, which she’s also executive producing, and is attached to star in the upcoming Kolma from director Marielle Heller, re-teaming her with J.J. Abrams, and Lionsgate’s upcoming Chaos Walking, which Zemeckis was previously attached to direct, as well as Marc Forster’s upcoming The Lost Wife, has been on most every studio short list since her breakout role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and as such was the first to get script, as it started hitting the town earlier this week. With Ridley entering talks to board the package, all eyes turned to directors.

The three interested directors are all veterans in the industry and have experience bringing to life historical stories on the big screen. Zemeckis has the upcoming Allied, a World War II movie with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, as well as Forrest Gump. Meanwhile, Spielberg and Wright have both received critical acclaim for their period films such as Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan for Spielberg and Atonement and Pride & Prejudice for Wright.

Cosmos is producing Universal’s upcoming Elizabeth Banks directed Red Queen and he is also working on the adaptations for Red Sonja and Langley High. He previously appeared on the 2012 Hit List.

SHOOT ONLINE – Actors Joel Edgerton, Lucy Liu, Daisy Ridley and Parker Sawyers will be presenters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 43rd Student Academy Awards® on Thursday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The awards ceremony caps a week of industry activities for the 17 winning student filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad.

English actress Ridley is best known for her breakthrough role as Rey in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015). She has since voiced the lead role of Taeko in the 25th anniversary re-release of Studio Ghibli’s classic animated film “Only Yesterday,” which opened earlier this year. She also served as an executive producer and narrator on the documentary “The Eagle Huntress,” which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and is being released this October. Ridley’s upcoming projects include Episode VIII of “Star Wars,” which will be released in December 2017, and the supernatural drama “Kolma” from director Marielle Heller.

Before Daisy hits the big screen as Rey in the latest ‘Star Wars’ movie, she appeared in a Morrisons TV ad for the brand’s summer campaign during the Euro 2012. Take a look at the video below and thanks to EveryoneLovesRey for the heads up!

INDIEWIRE – “The Eagle Huntress,” the extraordinary true story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl who trained to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, is coming to theaters this fall.

Screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics acquired the documentary back in February and has just released the first trailer. Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, the film is narrated by Daisy Ridley and directed by Otto Bell.

The story follows the young girl as she rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. While many old Kazakh eagle hunters have rejected the idea of a women taking part in the sport, Aisholpan’s father Nurgaiv believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she’s determined.

This inspirational narrative perfectly captures Aisholpan as she works hard, refuses to give up and overcomes many obstacles to make her dreams come true.

The documentary is executive produced by Ridley and Morgan Spurlock and produced by Stacy Reiss, Sharon Chang and Bell. It also features an original song, “Angel by the Wings,” performed and co-written by Sia.

“The Eagle Huntress” opens in New York and Los Angeles on October 28, followed by nationwide expansion.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Star Wars: The Force Awaken star Daisy Ridley has signed on to star in Lionsgate’s YA adaptation Chaos Walking.

Doug Liman is directing the post-apocalyptic thriller, which takes place in a world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear one another’s thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise.

Lionsgate picked up the rights to Patrick Ness’ best-selling young-adult trilogy in 2011. Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) adapted the book, and Jamie Linden (Money Monster) penned a draft.

Doug Davison, who produced the Liman-directed Tom Cruise starrer Mena, is producing alongside Allison Shearmur (Rogue One, Cinderella).

Before Star Wars, Ridley was a relative unknown. Since starring in the Lucasfilm and Disney project, she’s booked several other films, including Ophelia with Naomi Watts and drama The Lost Wife. She also recently shot Star Wars: Episode VIII. She’s repped by CAA and Sloane, Offer.