Daisy Ridley To Star In Noir Film From Her Own Imagination 

By Charlene Badasie | 41 seconds ago

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Star Wars alum Daisy Ridley has been cast in an upcoming noir film called Magpie. Shazad Latif, of Spooks and Star Trek: Discovery fame will star alongside the 30-year-old actress. Award-winning British theatre talent Sam Yates, whose directing credits include The Starry Messenger and Glengarry Glen Ross, will helm the project in his feature directorial debut. Matilda Lutz is also set to appear in the film.

The Magpie script has been penned by writer Tom Bateman and is based on an original idea by Daisy Ridley. The story follows a couple whose lives are thrown into disarray when their daughter is cast opposite a controversial major star, Deadline reports. The project will launch to buyers at the Cannes market later this month. Production is scheduled to begin on location in London early next year.

Described as a thriller, Magpie is being produced by Daisy Ridley alongside Tom Bateman of Werewolf Films and Kate Solomon of 55 Films. CAA Media Finance will be handling domestic distribution rights for the movie. Speaking to Deadline about the project, the producers said their aim with Magpie is to create a Hitchcock-like story that will take audiences on a genuine ride.

They want it to be fast-paced and beautiful so that folks can look at it with tension that builds from the start and keeps everyone guessing to the very end. Expressing his excitement about Magpie, Yates told the publication he immediately connected with Tom Bateman’s ingenious, intoxicating script. He added that he’s excited to take audiences on a wild, surprising thrill ride with a stellar cast led by the incomparable Daisy Ridley.

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Along with Magpie, Daisy Ridley has several other projects in the works. She is set to star in and produce the indie drama Sometimes I Think About Dying. According to Contact Music, the movie is by Rachel Lambert from a script by Kevin Armento, Stefanie Abel Horowitz, and Katy Wright-Mead. Based on the short film of the same name, as well as Armento’s play Killers, the story follows Fran who enjoys thinking about death because it adds excitement to her quiet life.

Daisy Ridley will also appear in Disney’s upcoming biographical drama called Young Woman and the Sea. Directed by Joachim Rønning, the film is produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. The story centers on Gertrude Ederle, who was an American competition swimmer and Olympic champion. The film will be released on Disney+.

Additionally, Daisy Ridley will be featured in The Marsh King’s Daughter. Billed as a psychological thriller, the film is based on Karen Dionne’s 2017 novel of the same name. Directed by Neil Burger from a script by Mark L. Smith and Elle Smith, the movie also stars Ben Mendelsohn and Garrett Hedlund. The plot focuses on a woman named Helena Pelletier, who was abducted when she was a young child.

Now, along with her mother, Helena (played by Daisy Ridley) is forced to confront her past after her infamous father escapes from prison. The movie will be distributed by STXfilms. Anonymous Content and Black Bear Pictures are producing.