Chaos Walking is the upcoming movie adaptation of Patrick Ness's book from director Doug Liman; here we round up all the important details about the film's story, cast, release date, trailer and more.
Over the last two decades, Hollywood studios have looked to capitalize on the young adult book genre by adapting popular series to the big screen for blockbuster franchises. Thanks to the success of Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games, a number of YA titles have been adapted, though some found more success than others. Still, as the YA book genre continues to expand with new releases every year, Hollywood persists in adapting the more successful and popular titles. One such upcoming adaptation is Chaos Walking.
For those looking forward to the Chaos Walking movie, we've assembled all the important details about the upcoming adaptation. From the story and cast to the release date and trailer, here's everything you need to know about Chaos Walking.
- This Page: Chaos Walking's Cast, Story & Release Date
- Next Page: Chaos Walking's Reshoots, Potential Trilogy Plans & Trailer
Chaos Walking's Cast Is Led By Tom Holland & Daisy Ridley
It was reported in late 2016 that then up-and-coming movie star Tom Holland would lead Chaos Walking, joining the production in the starring role of Todd Hewitt. The actor had made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Peter Parker aka. Spider-Man and was gearing up for more superhero movies to come. Earlier in the year it had been announced that Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley would play Viola Eade, the female lead of Chaos Walking.
The movie also stars Mads Mikkelsen as the villainous David Prentiss, the mayor of Prentisstown where Todd lives at the start of the story; Nick Jonas as the mayor's son Davy; Demián Bichir and Kurt Sutter as Todd's adoptive fathers; David Oyelowo as a "violent priest" in Prentisstown; Cynthia Erivo as an ally of Todd and Viola named Hildy; and Óscar Jaenada as the drifter Wilf.
Chaos Walking's Story Is Based On A 2008 Novel
The story of the Chaos Walking movie is based on the first book in Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking trilogy, The Knife of Never Letting Go, which released in 2008. The novel was followed up by The Ask and the Answer in 2009 and Monsters of Men in 2010. Ness further expanded the world of Chaos Walking with three short stories, one released in 2009 with two more following in 2013 that offer additional insight into the series' sci-fi setting and characters.
The Knife of Never Letting Go tells the story of Todd Hewitt, who grew up as the only boy in a colony of men located on the planet New World. The settlers were infected by something called Noise, which killed off the female population and gave the survivors the ability to hear the thoughts of other men and animals through a stream of images, words and sounds. Shortly before Todd comes of age, he suspects something sinister is going on in his town and he ends up fleeing with only his dog as a companion. However, Todd comes across a girl, Viola, whose thoughts he cannot read. Together, the two attempt to evade those from Todd's home colony and work to discover the true history of New World.
Chaos Walking's Release Date Was Delayed - But Why?
Chaos Walking started filming in August 2017, wrapping principal photography just a few months later in November 2017. However, in April 2018 it was reported Chaos Walking would undergo significant reshoots, with the film's release date likely to be delayed. The movie's delayed premiere date wouldn't be confirmed until November 2018 when Lionsgate revealed during an earnings call that Chaos Walking wouldn't make its March 2019 release date. Lionsgate said they're waiting until the reshoots have completed before announcing a new release date for Chaos Walking.
As for the reason Chaos Walking's release date is delayed, it's due to the schedules of Holland and Ridley. Both stars were busy on other projects for much of 2018 - Holland on MCU offerings Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man Far From Home and Ridley on Star Wars: Episode IX. As a result, the reshoots had to be scheduled for after the actors' schedules were freed up, delaying the movie's release in the process.
- Chaos Walking (2019) release date: