Daisy Ridley, J.J. Abrams Reteam for Paramount’s Spy Movie “A Woman of No Importance”


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Paramount and are already working with on the fantasy thriller Kolma, and now they’ve enlisted the Star Wars heroine once again, as she’s attached to play a spy in , the Tracking Board has confirmed.

Written by , the author of Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill, the book follows American heiress and super-spy Virginia Hall, who attempted to join the ranks of the American Foreign Service prior to World War II. Rejected because of her gender and a disability — she lost part of her leg in a hunting accident — Hall spent the war working for the British intelligence unit SOE before eventually joining the OSS, which was forerunner of the CIA.

Abrams plucked Ridley from obscurity to play the lead of Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and studios are eager to be in business with the rising actress, who seems eager to spread her wings and show Hollywood what she can do outside of that blockbuster sci-fi franchise.

In addition to Kolma, Ridley is attached to star in Lionsgate’s YA movie Chaos Walking and the indie film Ophelia. She’s currently filming Kenneth Branagh’s update of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, and she’ll next be seen reprising the role of Rey in the newly-titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Ridley is represented by , while Purnell is repped by . The news was first reported by Deadline.


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