Star Wars: The Force Awakens breakout Daisy Ridley has a chance to lead her first movie outside of the galaxy far, far away, but she will do it with some help from J.J. Abrams. The director is producing Kolma for Paramount, and Ridley is in talks to star.
Kolma is based on an Israeli movie from 2003 called All I’ve Got by Karen Margalit, reports TheWrap. The original film opens with a young couple involved in a car accident in which the husband is killed. Years later, the widow decides to get back together with a long-lost love. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script was penned by Megan Holley. Other producers on the project include Ram Bergman, Sherryl Clark and David Lonner.
This could be Ridley’s chance to prove she can lead a serious drama. She made her major feature film debut with The Force Awakens as heroine Rey. Prior to her Star Wars role, she had only appeared in TV shows, shorts and an indie feature called Scrawl.
However what might be the most exciting aspect of the project is the director. Marielle Heller, who made the acclaimed and wonderful The Diary of a Teenage Girl last year, is in talks to direct. Heller has also directed an episode of Transparent and two episodes of Casual. She will get more funds to work with on Kolma, as the film is expected to be budgeted at $60 million to $70 million.
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