Daisy Ridley is to star in ‘Young Woman and the Sea’.
The 28-year-old actress is to lead the cast of the new project which is eyeing a release on streaming service Disney+.
Daisy will portray the history-making swimmer Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Ederle, who became the first woman ever to swim the English Channel as a teenager in 1926.
Ederle, who also won gold at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, returned to the US as one of the world’s most famous women. She received a ticker-tape parade in New York by a crowd of two million people.
She soon disappeared from the public eye after playing herself in the ‘Swim Girl’ before embarking on an abortive career in vaudeville. After a fall that damaged her spine, Ederle began teaching swimming to children before her death aged 98 in 2003.
The script has been written by Jeff Nathanson – who has been trying to bring the story to the big screen alongside Bruckheimer for a number of years. Lily James had been tapped to star in a previous film that never made it to the big screen.
Daisy played the role of Rey in the ‘Star Wars’ sequel trilogy and has refused to rule out returning to a galaxy far, far away – but she felt ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ was the perfect finale for her Jedi alter-ego.
Asked about a potential ‘Star Wars’ return, she said: “I say never say never, but to me ‘Rise of Skywalker’ was tied up with a bow.”