While her Star Wars duties keep her busy for several months each year, Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is forging new directions to star in other types of movies. Now news arrives via Variety that she has signed on for the lead in the adaptation of Patrick Ness' young adult novel Chaos Walking.
Ness' trilogy – The Knife Of Never Letting Go, The Ask And The Answer and Monsters Of Men – finds humankind in a dystopian future, colonising a distant planet after the Earth has been ruined. When an infection called the Noise strikes, all thoughts become audible and chaos follows.
A corrupt autocrat takes the chance to seize control of the human settlements in order to launch a strike on native alien race the Spackles, blaming them for the infection that's apparently killing human women. Young Todd Hewitt, the only boy in a town solely comprised of men, rebels to stop the oncoming destruction. Going on the run with his dog, he teams up with a mysterious, girl who is the source of a precious patch of silence.
Doug Liman (Edge Of Tomorrow) is aboard to direct Chaos Walking, with Jamie Linden (Money Monster) working on the most recent draft of a script that has been through several hands, including those of Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind).
Ridley recently finished shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will touch down on 15 December 2017. The actress is also attached to The Lost Wife, Kolma, which J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is producing and Hamlet re-invention Ophelia, which may also star Naomi Watts (The Impossible).