Role Rumors

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.

Role Rumors

According to the Mirror, Daisy is in the running to play Rebekah Nicholson, girlfriend of Leicester striker Jamie Vardy in his biopic. No more info about it but Emilia Clarke is the front runner for the role.

MIRROR – Jamie gave us one of the most jaw-­dropping stories in footie after firing the Foxes to the top of the Premier League.

His ascent, from earning £30 a week as an amateur to England pro in six years is beyond belief.

Hollywood bosses are said to be eyeing Vinnie Jones to play ex-manager Nigel Pearson. Star Wars star Daisy Ridley is also a contender for the role of Vardy’s girlfriend.

Filmmaker Adrian Butchart , who’s expected to release the movie in 2017, said: “In a male-­dominated story, it’s important to have a strong female lead. Becky’s a combination of beauty and inner strength.”

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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.

Role Rumors

DEADLINE – Newcomer Daisy Ridley may have hit the motherlode of film franchises when the then-virtual unknown was cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the 23-year-old Brit actress is in the running for another cinematic icon: Lara Croft. Deadline understands that the fresh-faced Ridley is one of a number of actresses being considered for the Tomb Raider reboot that Warner Bros and MGM are partnering on to produce and release, with GK Films’ Graham King producing.

While conversations have taken place, this is still very early and there have been no official negotiations or offer yet with the producers keeping their options wide open at this stage. This is one of THE plum gigs out there for a young actress. The role was famously played before by Angelina Jolie at her most kick-ass and pneumatic. Based on the long-running video game franchise, Tomb Raider follows the English archaeologist Lara Croft through a series of adventures heavily inspired by Indiana Jones (and, to a lesser extent, Alan Quartermaine).

The latest adaptation, which has been in development for a number of years, received a jolt of adrenaline when the video game series was rebooted by game developer Square Enix with 2013’s Tomb Raider, which depicted Croft’s first adventure as an archaeology student and follow-up Rise of the Tomb Raider. That younger take on the character’s origin and path to derring-do are believed to have given the film’s producers some creative guidance.

Cassidy Lange is overseeing for MGM, with Drew Crevello doing so for Warners. Denis O’Sullivan of GK Films is overseeing the production.

Daisy Ridley, currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII, is repped by CAA. Her only confirmed post-Star Wars gig to date is her coming on-board The Eagle Huntress doc as an exec producer.