Young Woman and the Sea: Daisy Ridley to Star in Disney+’s New Drama
According to Deadline, Star Wars alum Daisy Ridley has entered negotiations for the leading role in Disney+’s upcoming film adaptation of Young Woman and the Sea, based on author Glenn Stout’s book of the same name. In addition, Joachim Rønning has signed on to helm the project, reuniting him with the House of Mouse after directing last year’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.
Young Woman and the Sea will center around Gertrude “Trudy” Ederly, the first woman ever to swim across the English Channel. Before taking on the challenge, she was a competitive swimmer who became an Olympic Gold medalist in the 1924 Olympics. After first setting a record for swimming 22 miles from Battery Park in New York to Sandy Hook, NJ, she embarks on the daring journey with the help of her family. However, her custom two-piece swimsuit and goggles weren’t able to help her through the rage of waves and winds as she struggled with treacherous. Despite this, she was still able to achieve her mission in 1926 and had shattered centuries of female stereotypes.
The film was written by Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can) with Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman serving as producers. This marks Bruckheimer’s latest collaboration with Disney who have previously worked together on all the Pirates of the Caribbean films.
Ridley gained worldwide recognition for becoming the new lead for the Lucasfilm’s Star Wars sequel trilogy. She last portrayed the role of Rey in last year’s The Rise of Skywalker. Her other film credits include: Murder on the Orient Express, Ophelia, and Peter Rabbit. She will next seen in the long-delayed sci-fi action film Chaos Walking starring alongside Tom Holland.