Nobody really knew who Daisy Ridley was before she was cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, now she's becoming one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood, and she just jumped on board a new franchise. The actress has just signed on to Chaos Walking, a young-adult novel adaptation about young people living in a dystopian world with science fiction elements. If you guessed this is the first of a trilogy, you'd be right.
Ever since Lionsgate wrapped up The Hunger Games, it's been clear that they've been looking for another franchise that they can hang their hat on. It's possible they've now found it in Chaos Walking, especially now that The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley has agreed to star. While it's not specifically stated that Lionsgate is looking to produce the entire trilogy, we don't think we're overstating the likelihood that the studio has that goal.
Chaos Walking is the name of the complete trilogy of books, and the first novel is actually titled The Knife of Never Letting Go, which we can guess the studio is probably hesitant to use as a movie title. The books tell the story of two children, Todd Hewitt and Viola Eade (we're guessing Daisy Ridley will be playing Viola) who live in a world where all living things can hear each other's thoughts via a stream of consciousness combination of sounds and images, called Noise. The two lead characters deal with a planet that is erupting into war.
While the book series may sound similar to many YA book series and the movies that get based on them, it's actually received quite a bit of acclaim. Chaos Walking's books have won numerous UK book awards, so there may be a potential for quality here that other series may be lacking. In addition to the strong source material, there are also some awesome people working on the adaptation. Doug Liman, director of Edge of Tomorrow, will direct the film. Charlie Kaufman, the wild mind behind films like Adaptation, and Being John Malkovich handled the adaptation of the book and Jamie Linden (Money Monster) is writing the screenplay.
With filming wrapped on Star Wars: Episode VIII and Episode IX still significantly in the distance, Daisy Ridley will likely start to pop into many other films. Her celebrity alone will put her on the shortlist for numerous projects and she'll have her pick of whatever she wants to do next. Ridley's name was recently rumored to be up for the new Tomb Raider film, a role that eventually went to Alicia Vikander.
If you've read the Chaos Walking books, we'd love to hear your opinion on this casting. Is Daisy Ridley the right choice for the movie version? Let us know in the comments.