Director Neil Burger (Voyagers, Limitless) is set to direct a feature film adaptation of the Karen Dionne novel The Marsh King’s Daughter with Daisy Ridley set to take the film’s leading role. Ridley is best known for her role as Rey Skywalker in the sequel trilogy Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Helena (Ridley), a woman living a seemingly ordinary life, but hiding a dark secret: her father is the infamous “Marsh King,” the man who kept her and her mother captive in the wilderness for years. After a lifetime of trying to escape her past, Helena is forced to face her demons when her father unexpectedly escapes from prison.
The Ronin has learned that filming in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is expected to kick-off on June 7 and wrap sometime in early August. Daisy previously spent time in Canada shooting the Dough Liman sci-fi action film Chaos Walking co-starring Spider-Man’s Tom Holland in Montreal, Quebec.
STXfilms had nabbed the film’s domestic distribution rights last month but currently doesn’t have a release date.
Daisy Ridley has recently expressed an interest to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe even after previously tackling a large franchise like Star Wars. Fans have been campaigning online to see her as a contender to play Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman in Olivia Wilde’s untitled Sony/Marvel film.
RIDLEY: “Well, it’s funny because someone asked me off the cuff about the Spider-Woman rumors recently, and I went, ‘Oh, that sounds great.’ Apparently, I’ve now declared myself a front-runner to be Spider-Woman which isn’t true!. It’s funny because I don’t really choose things… I [didn’t] set out to do another ‘big film.’ I just read the script, loved it, and loved the idea of it.”
“Basically, should something come along and be great, of course, I’d be open to anything. I just finished WandaVision. What they did with it is so amazing and different and interesting. To be particularly in that world, which is ever-shifting and reimagining itself would be very exciting.”