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.

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.

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DAILY MAIL – Daisy Ridley was sandwiched between Penelope Cruz and Willem Dafoe. Kenneth Branagh was directing. And Judi Dench and Olivia Colman were just out of eyeshot..but not earshot.

‘So no pressure,’ the actress guffawed, as she told me about the first scene she shot for Branagh’s all-star film version of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express. Daisy said she’s always nervous during shooting — but she managed just fine in two Star Wars pictures (in which she plays young heroine Rey).

‘Before a scene my heart is pounding, every time,’ she admits. ‘But my first scene on Orient had to be in front of everyone, didn’t it? I couldn’t hold a cup, because it was rattling. But I got through it.’

The scene involved a confrontation with Dafoe, and it’s clear from footage Branagh showed me that Ridley’s nerves didn’t get in the way of her performance as governess Mary Debenham, the film’s moral compass.

At 25, the actress was one of the youngest in a cast that also included Derek Jacobi, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad and Lucy Boynton.

She auditioned for the part and was surprised to get it (touchingly, she still can’t fathom why she’s sent every script going). She deserves her luck, though, because I know how much graft she puts in before going for any audition or job.

I also know (and like) how she often turns up (without fanfare) when her friends are in a stage show. She’d love to do a play and has spoken to directors — but it won’t be until everything has been played out in that galaxy far, far away.

Murder On The Orient Express opens on November 3; The Last Jedi on December 15.