Daisy Ridley is set to star in new spy film A Woman of No Importance.
The film will tell the story of real-life American super-spy Virginia Hall and her journey to become one of the most important covert agents for the Allies during World War II.
Baltimore native Virginia – a gifted linguist – had attempted to became part of the American Foreign Service in the years leading up to World War II but after she lost a leg in a hunting accident she was rejected because of her gender and disability, however, she became part of the British Special Operations Executive based in France and was considered “the most dangerous of all Allied spies by the Nazi Gestapo. She went onto to work with the American Office of Strategic Services and the Special Activities Division of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The movie will be based on the biography of the same name by Sonia Purnell, the rights of which have acquired by Paramount Pictures.
Ridley, 24, is expected to take on the lead role although her actual casting is yet to be confirmed.
Bad Robot – the production company run by J.J. Abrams, the man responsible for casting the British starlet as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens – is producing but no writer or director are attached yet.
Ridley has a busy year ahead; she is currently shooting Sir Kenneth Branagh’s Murder On The Orient Express and is attached to Lionsgate’s upcoming Chaos Walking, Kolma and independent film Ophelia, while she will also be voicing a character in the Peter Rabbit film.
Daisy will also be seen again as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi which hits cinemas this December.