Star Wars franchise alumni Daisy Ridley has secured a leading role in an upcoming thriller from director Neil Burger (Limitless), titled The Marsh King’s Daughter, which will see Ridley playing a woman that has to deal with her past as her violent father escapes from prison.
The project is a joint collaboration between Black Bear and STX.
Screenwriters Mark L. Smith and Elle Smith adapted the Karen Dionne novel for the screen.
Helena Pelletier has a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a business that fills her days. But she also has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature, and despite her father’s sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too…until she learned precisely how savage he could be. More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn’t know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marsh. The police begin a manhunt, but Helena knows they don’t stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King–because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.
Filming is said to begin this summer after the project has been trying to get off the ground for years.
Daisy’s next film is Doug Liman’s sci-fi flick Chaos Walking, where she co-stars with Spider-Man actor Tom Holland.