With a historic run as Rey Skywalker in the Star Wars sequel series firmly in her rearview mirror, Daisy Ridley turns her attention to the future. With a role alongside Spider-Man star Tom Holland in Chaos Walking on the horizon, Ridley has reportedly entered negotiations for her next starring role. As first reported by Deadline, the actress is in talks to star in a new drama in the works at Disney+.
The film, Young Woman and the Sea, is based on the nonfiction memoir with the same title. The tale tells the story of Trudy Ederle, an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in five events. On August 6, 1926, she became the first woman to swim across the treacherous English Channel. Nicknamed the “Queen of the Waves”, Ederle’s story is one of personal sacrifice and significant accomplishment. The aforementioned book also documents her swift disappearance from the public eye after breaking several world records.
Rush Hour 2 scribe Jeff Nathanson will pen the screenplay while Ridley will portray Ederle in the film. Moreover, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil director Joachim Rønning is on-board to helm the adaptation. Additionally, legendary filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer will produce the feature along with Chad Oman (Kangaroo Jack). Disney acquired the rights to the film and is eyeing its Disney+ streaming service as the feature’s home.
In addition to Young Woman and the Sea and Chaos Walking, Daisy Ridley looks to receive a host of starring roles as she adds to her impressive résumé. Back in April, it was reported that she will star in an adaptation of Camilla Grebe’s The Ice Beneath Her. The actress will also lend her voice for the upcoming Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga video game.
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