Daisy Ridley signs up to new franchise as Star Wars Episode VIII wraps up filming


Daisy Ridley has reportedly signed up for a major new role outside her leading lady part in the Star Wars franchise.

The 24-year-old will be joining the cast of Lionsgate's adaptation of Young Adult trilogy Chaos Walking, by author Patrick Ness.

Daisy Ridley arrives at the Oscars in February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Daisy Ridley has reportedly signed on for an adaptation of trilogy Chaos Walking (Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

The dystopian sci-fi novels are set in a world where all living creatures can hear each others' thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.

In the first novel, The Knife Of Never Letting Go, a boy stumbles on a source of silence: a girl, named Viola. It leads them on a hunt to find the New World and escape from Prentisstown's mayor, who is preparing for war.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman will helm the thriller, while Jamie Linden has written the script.

Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (LucasFilm)

Daisy has just finished filming her role as Rey in Star Wars Episode VIII, which is due for release in December 2017.

She is also attached to roles in JJ Abrams' remake of fantasy Kolma and as the lead in Ophelia, a retelling of Hamlet from her perspective.