by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer
Daisy Ridley’s stock has shot through the roof since coming out of obscurity to steal the show in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Since then the actress could have her choice of roles but she’s locked down for Episode VIII and seemingly Episode IX if things go right for her in the middle part of the new Star Wars trilogy.
While she has been rumored to be up for the lead in the planned Tomb Raider reboot The Wrap has good word that she’ll star in Kolma from director / producer JJ Abrams.
Abrams won’t helm the remake of the 2003 Israeli TV Movie though – instead he’ll leave that to breakout director Marielle Heller.
Heller got on the radar with last year’s Diary Of A Teenage Girl and hasn’t looked back since. This is a huge step up for the filmmaker and working with a star that everyone wants in their films (as well as getting the J.J. Abrams stamp of approval) will certainly make her a more sought after director.
Here’s how The Wrap broke down the premise of the original film:
Described as a cross between a loftier, more mystical version of The Notebook and Albert Brooks‘ 1991 fantasy romance Defending Your Life, the project follows a young couple who get in a car accident that leaves the man dead. Decades later, the old woman must choose whether to reunite with her long-lost love in the afterlife or return to the fateful day her life changed forever.
That sounds like a trippy kind of film. While I’m sure Ridley is grateful for her star-making role in TFA, a movie like this could help her break the stigma that she might just be the “sci-fi actress.”
No word yet on when the film is shooting to come out or even when production will start (but odds are good it will be sometime after Episode VIII wraps up and Ridley is free).