The young adult movie adaptation trend isn't over until Lionsgate says it's over. Even though recent outings in The Hunger Games and Divergent series have underperformed, the studio is moving ahead with their next YA franchise, which will be an adaptation of the Chaos Walking trilogy. That particular adaptation just got a whole lot more interesting, as Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley has landed a lead role in the movie series.
Variety first reported that Ridley has joined the cast, which was confirmed by Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer on Thursday. The first of the Chaos Walking movies is set to be directed by Edge of Tomorrow helmer Doug Liman, with a script by Jamie Linden and Allison Shearmur. There is no word yet on an anticipated release date for the first Chaos Walking movie, but production is expected to begin sometime next year.
Ridley will be playing a pretty interesting role in Chaos Walking. The plot takes place in a dystopian future where everyone can hear each other's thoughts, and no women are supposed to exist. Todd, a boy who lives in a town of men, eventually makes a discovery that forces him to leave with just his dog, which leads them to discover a silent girl named VIola, who will be played by Ridley. Viola also cannot have her thoughts read, which makes things all the more interesting as the story progresses.
The young adult adaptation craze may be feeling a bit tired, but Chaos Walking has a lot going for it, outside of the fact that the novels have sold millions of copies worldwide. The trilogy of novels, written by Patrick Ness, have received massive critical acclaim, with the third book Monsters of Men winning a Carnegie Medal in 2011. The upcoming adaptation also has a very promising director in Liman, who surprised fans and critics recently with Edge of Tomorrow, and directed the first of the Bourne movies, The Bourne Identity, back in 2002.
Daisy Ridley has risen from relative obscurity to superstardom in a very short period of time. Prior to her role as Rey in The Force Awakens, she had only worked on relatively small projects. Now, she is lining up massive projects left and right. She was one of the top contenders for the role of Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, but the role ultimately went to Oscar winner Alicia Vikander. She is also set to star in Kolma, which is being produced by J.J. Abrams, as well as The Lost Wife, which is being adapted from the Alyson Richman novel of the same name. But before any of that happens, we will get to see Ridley return as Rey in Star Wars Episode VIII, which comes out on December 15, 2017.