SCREENDAILY – Altitude Film Distribution has struck a deal with sales agent Celluloid Dreams for UK rights to Otto Bell’s documentary The Eagle Huntress.

The film tells the tale of a young girl who is determined to become the first woman to enter Mongolia’s annual Golden Eagle Festival. Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley narrates and is also an executive producer on the project.

Sharon Chang and Stacey Reiss produced along with director Bell.

Following its premiere at January’s Sundance Film Festival, and recent berths in Toronto and Telluride, the feature is set to screen at the BFI London Film Festival on October 6 and 9.

Celluloid Dreams closed a deal with Sony Pictures Classics in Sundance for North And South America, Scandinavia, Australia/New Zealand, Germany/Austria and Asia.

Further deals have been closed for France (ARP Selection), Italy (I Wonder Pictures), Spain (Caramel), Switzerland (Praesens), Turkey (Filmarti), Portugal (Film 4 You), Ex-Yugoslavia (21 Films), and Bulgaria (Bulgaria Film Vision).

Will Clarke, CEO & co-founder of Altitude Film Entertainment commented: “It is a beautiful film that offers unique glimpses into this remote community as they balance their traditional lifestyle with the modern world, but it is Aisholpan’s determination to pursue her dream which is such a powerful story of female empowerment and provides inspiration which is universal and contemporary.”

Listen to Daisy reading a short story by the 2016 BBC Young Writers’ Award’s winner Lizzie Freestone. You can also listen to her congratulation message here.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena and Judi Dench have a ticket on Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express.

The studio has enlisted a cavalcade of A-listers for its ensemble adaptation of Agatha Christie’s acclaimed mystery novel that is being directed by Kenneth Branagh.

The classic murder mystery centers around a murder onboard the famous train, and introduces Belgian detective Hercule Poirot who must solve the case while being surrounded by duplicitous passengers.

Branagh is doing double duty by also starring as detective Hercule Poirot and leads a cast that includes Johnny Depp, who will play Ratchett, the man who is murdered, Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., who is playing Doctor Arbuthnot, and Tom Bateman, who will play the Frenchman Bouc. Also in the cast are Lucy Boynton and Derek Jacobi.

Pfeiffer will ply Mrs. Hubbard, a glamorous and opinionated passenger with a secret.

Ridley will play Mary Debenham, a working class woman in love with Arbuthnot.

Dench will play Princess Dragomiroff, who hails from Russian royalty while Pena plays a Cuban passenger named Marquez.

“Christie’s Murder is mysterious, compelling and unsettling,” said Branagh. “I’m honored to have this fantastic group of actors bring these dark materials to life for a new audience.”

Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon and Branagh are producing the movie, which begins production in London in November. Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood and Judy Hofflund will also produce.

Michael Green (Blade Runner sequel) wrote the script. Steve Asbell is overseeing for Fox.

“It is always thrilling for us to see the stellar casting that Agatha Christie film adaptations attract,” said James Prichard of Agatha Christie Ltd., who is executive producing with Hilary Strong.

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VARIETY – Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki have joined the cast of Sony’s live-action/animated hybrid “Peter Rabbit,” starring Rose Byrne and James Corden.

The film will be directed by Will Gluck from a screenplay by Rob Lieber with revisions by Gluck. The adaptation will be made at Animal Logic, the Sydney-based animation and visual effects production studio behind the global blockbuster “The Lego Movie.”

Gluck and Zareh Nalbandian are both attached to produce the feature, with Doug Belgrad serving as executive producer. Jodi Hildebrand of Olive Bridge and Jason Lust will also serve as executive producers.

Corden will voice Peter and Byrne will star in the live-action female lead role of Bea.

With this film, Columbia and Frederick Warne will bring Beatrix Potter’s beloved character Peter Rabbit to a new family audience. Warne has been Beatrix Potter’s publisher since its publication of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” in 1902, and is home to the Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter brands.

“We at Penguin Random House UK are delighted to be working with Columbia Pictures,” said Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House UK. “As custodians of Beatrix Potter’s brand and legacy, we are excited about the opportunity this production will bring to engage a whole new audience with the world of Beatrix Potter and one of her best-loved characters, the mischievous Peter Rabbit.”

Sony Pictures Entertainment will create and execute a worldwide licensing and merchandising program for the new “Peter Rabbit,” in association with Warne.

Production on “Peter Rabbit” is due to commence in January 2017, and is set for worldwide release in April 2018. The film will be made with the support of the Australian Government through Screen Australia and Screen NSW, and in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation. Lauren Abrahams will oversee the project for the studio.

After breaking out in “Star Wars: the Force Awakens,” Ridley has quickly begun building her resume. Besides the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” she’s also attached to star in the YA adaptation “Chaos Walking” at Lionsgate and the supernatural drama “Kolma” at Paramount, which reteams her with J.J. Abrams. She is also set to topline “The Lost Wife” for producer Robbie Brenner.

It was previously announced that Daisy would present at the 43rd Student Academy Awards. She attended the ceremony on September 22, 2016 in Beverly Hills. She looks amazing, what an adorable human being!

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