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Daisy Ridley wasn't a household name two years ago, but thanks to her turn as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens last December, she was understandably propelled to worldwide fame. Since then, she's been expanding her resume beyond the Star Wars franchise, as any good actor would. That now includes the upcoming live-action/animated Sony family comedy, Peter Rabbit.
Variety dropped the news of Daisy Ridley's casting earlier today, as well as the addition of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star Elizabeth Debicki. No details were provided about either of their characters, including whether they'll be animated or human. They join a cast that already consisted of The Late, Late Show host James Corden and X-Men: Apocalypse's Rose Byrne, the former voicing the main protagonist and the latter playing the live-action female lead Brea. Easy A director Will Gluck will helm Peter Rabbit, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day scribe Rob Lieber penned the screenplay. The animation will be handled by Animal Logic, the same company that tackled The Lego Movie.
First appearing in 1902, Peter Rabbit surged to popularity last century as a beloved children's literature character in his debut book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and the subsequent five books written by Beatrix Potter. The character has since appeared in other media adaptations, but Peter Rabbit marks the first modern attempt to bring the rabbit to the big screen in a major blockbuster. No plot details for the movie have been released yet, but since it will mix live action and animation together, that leaves one of two options for Daisy Ridley's character. One, she'll be a human that gets wrapped up in the story's events, just like Rose Byrne's Brea. Two, she's a fellow animal associate of Peter's, though we still have yet to learn how these critters get involved with the humans in this new tale.
As mentioned earlier, Daisy Ridley rose to stardom last year playing Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one of the space opera franchise's new lead protagonists. She'll reprise the young Jedi-in-training next year in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Outside of a galaxy far, far away, Ridley's upcoming projects include playing Lenka in The Lost Wife, Ophelia's eponymous protagonist, Tamara Kolma in Kolma and Viola in Chaos Walking. As for Peter Rabbit, that movie will undoubtedly do wonders with expanding her popularity among younger moviegoers, whether she actually appears in the flesh or only her voice is heard.
Peter Rabbit is slated to begin production in January 2017, and will hit theaters sometime in April 2018. Let us know what you think of Daisy Ridley joining the project in the comments below.