Ever since her breakout role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, Daisy Ridley’s been on a hot streak. The young Brit actress has been sought after or at least considered for a whole bunch of high profile projects.
The latest one is also part of a popular series of science-fiction works. Only this time, it’s a book franchise. The Hollywood Reporter today broke the news that Ridley has signed on to play the lead role in post-apocalyptic thriller “Chaos Walking”. This is an adaptation of the Young Adult novels by Patrick Ness, which takes place in a world “where all living creatures can hear one another’s thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise.” The first book in the trilogy is called “The Knife Of Never Letting Go”, and features two main characters, one of whom is a girl named Viola Eade, so that’s probably who Ridley will play.
A director has also been confirmed in Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”), while an unusual choice of writer adapted the book: Charlie Kaufman the guy who gave us arthouse dramas like “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Being John Malkovich”. Sounds like a pretty eclectic combination of talent, and assuming this stays the same, should make for something a little more fresh than your usual YA dreck.
Here’s the official synopsis for the first 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.”