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.

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.

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.