Daisy Ridley was the breakout star of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Her performance as the strong yet sensitive Rey in the film was loved by fans and audiences worldwide as well as lauded by the critics. Though she will reprise her role both in Episode VIII and Episode IX, she is being courted to star in other franchises like the planned “Tomb Raider” reboot. Ridley is also re-teaming with her “The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams for a new supernatural thriller called “Kolma.”
The Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap have learned that Daisy Ridley is in talks to star in the supernatural fantasy and drama film “Kolma” which will be directed by Marielle Heller (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”) from a script by Megan Holley (“Sunshine Cleaning”). J.J. Abrams will be producing the film with Ram Bergman, David Lonner, and Sherryl Clark.
The film is a Hollywood remake of the 2003 Israeli TV movie “Kol Ma She’Yesh Li” (“All I’ve Got”). It is about a 22-year-old woman who loses her boyfriend in a horrible car accident. When the time comes for the woman’s death decades later, she is given the choice to return to the day of the car crash and continue to live as a young woman or be united in death with her boyfriend.
Ridley is a busy woman indeed. Apart from shooting her scenes for Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars Episode VIII,” she also produced a documentary called “The Eagle Huntress” which is about a teenage Mongolian woman named Aisholpan Nurgaiv who overturns a 2,000-year-old tradition in Mongolia by being the first lady there to ride horses and hunt with the help of a pet eagle. The documentary is directed by Otto Bell.
It’s apparent that Ridley desires to be associated with tales of women empowerment. This is evident from her character in “Star Wars” films and if she becomes the next Lara Croft, it will treat the character with far more seriousness and respect unlike the two Angelina Jolie starring films which were more like glorified male sexual fantasies.
As for Abrams, he was always attracted to supernatural and fantasy stuff, having grown up on a steady diet of Amblin movies. He produced “Cloverfield,” directed the 2009 “Star Trek” reboot, its sequel, and “Super 8” and was an executive producer on “Lost” and “Fringe.” “Kolma” looks like it has enough material to turn out to be interesting and emotional as well.