Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley is eyeing another popular series, and this time in the YA genre.
Ridley has been cast in Lionsgate's adaptation of the popular young adult novel Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness. The casting news was confirmed on Thursday by Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer on the company's earnings call with Wall Street analysts, saying that the film would start production next year.
Doug Limas (Edge of Tomorrow) will direct the film. Jaime Linden wrote the most recent script with Allison Shearmur and Doug Davison producing.
Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go, first book in a trilogy published in 2008, is set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other's thoughts.
Here's the official description of the book:
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.
Ridley is probably playing the silent and strange girl in the story. That's an intriguing role, and I'm excited to see her portray an entirely diffeent character. She is also set to star a remake of the Israeli pic Kolma, which J.J. Abrams is producing, and she will also star in a film called The Lost Wife. Of course, we can't wait to see her in Star Wars: EpisodesVIII and IX.