Even though the Star Wars franchise can keep its various actors busy, there's a need for projects that break up the adventures of that galaxy far, far away. Daisy Ridley is no exception, as she's already managed to land roles in Peter Rabbit and Murder On The Orient Express in between her career making role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its sequel Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now Ridley has another role to add to her resume, as she's signed on to play real life spy Virginia Hall in the biopic A Woman of No Importance.
Variety broke the news about Ridley's role as the American spy who operated during World War II. Of course, her attempts to become a spy weren't met with easy effort, as she not only had to suffer gender inequality, but also possessed a disability after becoming handicapped due to a hunting accident. Known as "The Limping Lady," Hall would go on to work for British intelligence as a member of the Special Operations Executive, as well as become a member of the forerunner to the CIA, the OSS.
A Woman of No Importance will be based on the book of the same name by author Sonia Purnell, and is currently set up at Paramount Pictures. This is a rather bullish move, especially considering they must be smarting from the commercial and prestige failure that came from their last World War II picture, Robert Zemeckis' Allied. Still, with a rising star like Daisy Ridley in the lead, and with much less controversy than that which surrounded Brad Pitt during his promotion of that other film, there's a chance that the studio is hoping for some crossover fans to bring this film to a successful release.
Daisy Ridley certainly has the chops to play Virginia Hall, as she's already shown quite a lot of promise with her role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With A Woman of No Importance being her first major biopic in which she's playing the lead, it should be another step in her evolution as a leading actor in the movie business. Not to mention, there has to be some sort of prestige play already being earmarked for this movie, and right at the center of it is the hopes that Ridley will land a nomination for Best Actress come Oscar season the year after this film's review.
A Woman of No Importance has no production or release date set yet, as the project will now be searching for a writer to flesh out the script. In the meantime, you can see Daisy Ridley in Murder on the Orient Express and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, when they're released on November 22nd and December 15th, respectively.
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