Though she’s currently filming Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII, Daisy Ridley is now attached to lead The Lost Wife, a drama set during the early days of World War II. Screenwriter Marc Klein (Serendipity) penned the adaptation, which is based on the novel of the same name by Alyson Richman. Producers Michelle Chydzik and Jeff Waxman are currently meeting with directors for this top-priority picture. Though no studio is currently attached, the plan is to shop the picture at Cannes.
As Variety reports, Ridley would star as Lenka, a talented art student living in pre-war Prague. She encounters her best friend’s older brother Josef, and the two fall madly in love. Their burgeoning romance is interrupted, however, as the Nazi invasion proves to be unstoppable.
The Lost Wife will offer Ridley an opportunity to show audiences another side of her acting ability since Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduced her to millions of new fans around the world. Ridley and her team have been choosy with the projects she takes on in the wake of Star Wars’ success. Recently, she signed on for a remake of the Israeli TV movie, Kolma, a Paramount drama produced by J.J. Abrams through his Bad Robot banner that will be directed by Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl).
Here’s the official book synopsis for The Lost Wife (via Amazon):
The nationally bestselling novel of first love in a time of war-from the author of The Rhythm of Memory and The Last Van Gogh.
In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there’s an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers…
Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit- and the strength of memory.