'Star Wars' actor Daisy Ridley bags the role of Virginia Hall in WWII biopic
"Star Wars" has truly opened more acting opportunities for the British actress Daisy Ridley, as Paramount Pictures recently confirmed the actress to portray the role of an international spy in an upcoming World War II biopic.
Ridley, popularly known as Rey in the latest string of "Star Wars" movies, will play the real-life American spy and WWII heroine, Virginia Hall. According to Entertainment Weekly, the 24-year-old actress will lead the cast of "A Woman of No Importance" as Hall. The film is based on Sonia Purnell's book of the same name. It will be produced by J.J. Abram's Bad Robot company, the same studio that spawned "The Force Awakens."
Ridley's major acting gig outside the "Star Wars" saga will give her a chance to show more of her acting chops. The Daily Mail reported that a greater depth of the actress' skills will be displayed, as the movie recounts Hall's struggle to find her place in the American Foreign Service. Even as an American heiress who went to an Ivy League School, her journey was not easy as women in her time do not get recognition in a world dominated by men.
Further hampering Hall's chances to join the Foreign Service was the accident that led to the amputation of her leg. Nevertheless, she remained determined until she found her way to the British Intelligence operations, serving as a spy in the ongoing Nazi occupation in World War II. Her achievements during the war paved the way for her to be a high-ranking official in the American Office of Strategic Services, and ultimately, the CIA.
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"A Woman of No Importance" is just one of the many films that cast Ridley after "Star Wars" Episode 7. She is also set to appear in the modern adaptation of "Hamlet" as Ophelia, as well as in the film adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express." Of course, the actress will reprise Rey's character in this year's "Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi."