Casting News: Daisy Ridley Set to Star in ‘Women in the Castle’ Movie Adaptation

In 2015, Daisy Ridley grabbed the world’s attention as Rey in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. But in a recent interview with EW, she said the job offers slowed down after completing the most recent installment of the famed franchise, Rise of Skywalker (2019).

Ridley said she had gone on a bunch of auditions but “I didn’t get any of them.” And at the start of 2020 she became slightly nervous as “nothing was coming through.”

There’s no exact science to determine a bit of a slump, but it’s now over, with Ridley set to star in the forthcoming war drama Women in the Castle, opposite Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour) and Nina Hoss (Homeland), reports SlashFilm.com. 

The movie is based on Jessica Shattuck‘s 2017 New York Times bestselling novel by the same name. It revolves around three German women during and after WWII.

All three women are widows to men who conspired to kill Adolf Hitler. In the book, we meet the women before and after the assassination attempt, which resulted in their husbands being executed.

While the women have a shared experience, their stories are all very different. As well, each handles the loss, trauma and fallout of the end of WWII in her own way.

Who Ridley will be playing hasn’t been announced just yet, but based on the book’s description, she seems to line up with the character Benita, a young peasant woman. She is not happy with her deceased husband’s actions, but she is devoted to their son.

If you’d like to learn more about the three women, this New York Times review of Women in the Castle from 2017 may help fill in the blanks. 

Jane Anderson (Olive Kitteridge, The Wife) will be handling writing duties on the adaptation. Filming is set to begin in 2021.

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By Brigid Brown

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Presh JM Reporter

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