It appears as though Daisy Ridley is cashing in on the fame that starring in Star Wars: The Force Awakens has brought her. Variety is reporting she is now attached to star in The Lost Wife and Kolma and there have been rumors suggesting that she could be the front-runner for the Tomb Raider reboot. Read on below for details about her involvement in The Lost Wife and Kolma.
According to Variety, The Lost Wife is set in 1930’s Prague. The story follows a talented art student named Lenka (Ridley) as she falls in love with her best friend’s older brother Josef. Their life together is torn apart by the imminent Nazi invasion. The Lost Wife will be produced by Robbie Brenner (Dallas Buyers Club), with Marc Klein (Mirror Mirror) adapting the screenplay. No studio or director is attached, though it is hoped that both may be acquired at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Additionally, Ridley will be re-teaming with her Star Wars director J.J. Abrams (acting as producer on this film) for Kolma. Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) is in talks to direct from a script by Megan Holley. Here’s a synopsis for the film courtesy of Variety.
“The remake of the 2003 Israeli TV movie “Kol Ma” — which translates to English as “All I’ve Got” — centers on a man who died in a car accident 50 years ago who waits on the other side for his former girlfriend who survived. When the woman dies, she’s given the choice of returning to the day of the accident to live again or being reunited with her love.”
It’s nice to see Ridley attempting to take advantage of her “15 minutes of fame” to ensure that she doesn’t disappear from Hollywood following the completion of the latest Star Wars trilogy. If she ultimately is cast in Tomb Raider (and that film is a decent success critically and commercially) then that could help keep her in the public eye and avoid her simply being associated with the character of Rey. Also by attaching herself to smaller, indie projects it can show her acting range (which was under attack following Star Wars that did not allow for much acting). I don’t know her from anything other than TFA so I can’t vouch for her either way as far as her acting ability goes, but I’d be interested to see where her career goes from here. Will she use Star Wars as a springboard for a strong career in both indie and blockbuster features similar to Jennifer Lawrence with Hunger Games, or will she disappear like Hayden Christensen following his stint in the prequels? Only time will tell.
What do you think about Daisy Ridley branching out into different genres and specifically her involvement in The Lost Wife and Kolma? I will keep you posted on any new details that emerge for either project.