Daisy Ridley could also be buying and selling in her mild saber for a swim cap and goggles. The “Star Wars” actress is in negotiations to topline “Younger Lady and the Sea,” a biopic about Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Gertrude “Trudy” Ederle. Based mostly on Glenn Stout’s ebook of the identical title, the Disney+ pic will observe Ederle as she turns into the primary girl to swim throughout the English Channel. Deadline broke the news.
Manufacturing is predicted to start subsequent yr.
“The daughter of a German butcher from Manhattan, Ederle was a aggressive swimmer who gained gold within the 1924 Olympics when she determined to aim crossing the channel,” the supply particulars. “She undertook the feat after first swimming 22 miles from Battery Park in New York to Sandy Hook, NJ, setting a document that stood for 81 years. She contracted with two newspapers and bought her story, thereby financing her quest. There was really a race amongst girls who can be first to cross as solely 5 males had finished so earlier than.”
In accordance with Deadline, Ederle reached the milestone “with assist from her household: with sister Meg, she constructed a two-piece swimsuit — unparalleled within the 1920s when skirt lengths had been beneath the knee and strange swimsuits appeared like summer time clothes. In addition they used candle wax to seal her goggles to make them leak-proof. All this helped solely a lot as she struggled in opposition to waves, winds, and treacherous waters to turn out to be world well-known when she reached shore. She had shattered centuries of feminine stereotypes and was given a ticker-tape parade upon her return to New York, the place 2 million cheered her.”
Beforehand, “Younger Lady and the Sea” was arrange at Paramount with Lily James tapped to star.
Greatest recognized for portraying Rey within the current “Star Wars” trilogy, Ridley’s different credit embody “Ophelia” and “Homicide on the Orient Categorical.” You possibly can catch her in subsequent yr’s sci-fi journey “Chaos Strolling.” Her different upcoming tasks embody Jane Anderson’s WWII drama “Ladies within the Fortress,” by which she’ll star alongside Kristin Scott Thomas and Nina Hoss.