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.
J.J. Abrams shares more The Force Awakens screen tests for Daisy Ridley and Jennifer Lawrence (Vanessa Bayer), Shia LaBeouf (Kyle Mooney), Matthew McConaughey, John Boyega, Emma Stone, Janelle Monae (Sasheer Zamata), Jon Hamm and more.
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.Continue Reading (…)
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’.
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.
VANITY FAIR – Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been available on iTunes since April 1, but as it turns out there are still even more secrets to be revealed about the biggest movie of 2015. In this brand-new featurette, now available on iTunes digital downloads of the film, costume designer Michael Kaplan explains his inspirations for the costume worn for nearly the entire movie by Rey (Daisy Ridley), and which has now become rightfully iconic. It had to be practical clothing for the desert, of course, but Kaplan also wanted an element of beauty for when Ridley was walking over desert sand dunes. And, as he explains, when we first meet her, “we don’t know if she’s a man, or a woman, or an alien.” So there had to be a bit of mystery in there as well.
This new feature, “Dressing the Galaxy,” is available on both new downloads of The Force Awakens on iTunes and has been added to existing downloads. If any of this explainer helps you with your homemade Rey costume for yourself, your child, or your dog, just remember: you heard it here first, and you owe us a picture.
THE WRAP – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breakout Daisy Ridley and producer J.J. Abrams are planning to reteam on “Kolma,” a fantasy thriller that “Diary of a Teenage Girl” filmmaker Marielle Heller is in negotiations to direct for Paramount, TheWrap has exclusively learned.
“Kolma” is based on Karen Margalit’s 2003 Israeli movie of the week titled “All I’ve Got.” Described as a cross between a loftier, more mystical version of “The Notebook” and Albert Brooks‘ 1991 fantasy romance “Defending Your Life,” the project follows a young couple who get in a car accident that leaves the man dead. 50 years later, the old woman is about to cross over and make the choice whether to reunite with her long-lost love in the hereafter or return to the fateful day her life changed forever.
The original “All I’ve Got” is described on IMDb thusly: “A 72-year-old grandmother dies and finds herself on a ferry, which will take her across the river to the hereafter. On the ferryboat she meets her first love, who was killed in a road accident in which they were both involved when they were young. She is presented with a fateful choice: to start life afresh as a 22-year-old – her age at the time of the accident – and to relinquish all her memories of the life she has lived with her husband and children; or to remain a 72-year-old woman with all her life’s memories intact. If she chooses the second alternative she will get off the boat when it reaches its destination and will never be truly reunited with her beloved, who has been waiting for her on the ferryboat for 50 long years.”
Abrams and his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk are expected to produce “Kolma,” the most recent draft of which was written by Megan Holley. Other scribes who previously worked on the project include Rolin Jones, Karen Moncrieff and Sarah Polley.Continue Reading (…)