Daisey Ridley’s last few years have been (pardon the phrasing) riddled with success. After landing her first breakout role in the revival of the Star Wars movie franchise, the English actress soon shot into the international spotlight. First appearing in 2015’s The Force Awakens, she plays Rey, a spirited scavenger catapulted into the Resistance after a chance encounter with the droid BB-8.
Her career has picked up speed outside the galaxy far, far away as well. In 2016, Ridley narrated and executive produced the critically-lauded documentary The Eagle Huntress, and has already lined up several roles for the coming years. She’s poised to appear in the Kenneth Branagh-directed mystery Murder On the Orient Express, the Will Gluck-helmed live-action/CGI literary adaptation Peter Rabbit, and the hotly-anticipated Force Awakens follow-up, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi. She’s also attached to The Lost Wife, produced by Robbie Brenner; Kolma, produced by J.J. Abrams, and Hamlet reimagining Ophelia. Now, Ridley is adding yet another role to her burgeoning filmography.
Deadline reports that Ridley is set to star in Paramount Pictures’ newly-acquired A Woman of No Importance. The film will trace the story of real-life American heiress/super-spy Virginia Hall, who attempted to break into the ranks of the American Foreign Service in the years before World War II. After facing rejection due to gender and disability — she lost part of her leg in a hunting accident — Hall worked during the war for the British intelligence unit SOE. She later joined the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA. She died in 1982 at the age of 76.
A Woman of No Importance is the latest addition to a trove of recent— and quite brilliant — biopics. Just this morning, Natalie Portman earned an Oscar nomination for her celebrated turn as Jackie Kennedy in Jackie, while Meryl Streep nabbed a nod for her title lead in Florence Foster Jenkins. Tom Hanks also stunned in Sully as heroic pilot Chelsey Sullenberg, though it seemingly failed to grab the Academy’s attention.
Though we’ll likely have seen Ridley in major roles outside of Star Wars before A Woman of No Importance makes it to screen, it will be refreshing to see her diversify her resume. She’s certainly proven her capability when approaching a strong female role, but it will nonetheless be a good measure of her range as a performer. If she pulls the role of Virginia Hall off well, then the biopic could solidify her leading lady status and even garner some awards season buzz. Without a producer, writer, or supporting cast attached at the moment, there’s not much else to go on, but Ridley’s casting is a step in the right direction for the project.
No further details for A Woman of No Importance have been announced, but Screen Rant will keep you updated.
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