'Chaos Walking': Daisy Ridley embodies another solitary female badass, akin to her 'Star Wars' character Rey
Something tells us that there could be no better fit than Ridley to own yet another strong female character set in a world predominantly populated by men.
In a short span of time, Daisy Ridley managed to become a household name with the Star Wars franchise offering her a kick-start to fame. It is one thing to be an eminent part of a franchise that has been reigning the hearts of millions, down generations at that too, all the way since 1977. But it's totally another thing to establish oneself as a significant character amongst plenty of legendary others, despite being introduced to the franchise only recently, and Ridley did that in a matter of just three years. And now she will be wowing us once again in the pivotal role of Viola, in the upcoming movie 'Chaos Walking' based on Patrick Ness' book of the same name. Also, something tells us that there could be no better fit than Ridley to own yet another strong female character set in a world predominantly populated by men.
Ridley joined the Star Wars franchise through 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' in 2015 when she played the role of a grown-up Rey - as a force-sensitive human female. Rey's past holds quite the tragic story; abandoned at an early age by her parents, Rey was forced to fend for her own needs as a child, and soon developed the survival skills of scavenging various materials obtained from battlefield sites of the last conflict in the Galactic Civil War. We call these as survival skills and self-sustenance, because all this while she was also sharpening her skills as a warrior, and as a pilot too.
The forlorn frontier world of Jakku, in the New Republic era eventually became her residence during the New Republic era, and things changed only once she was forced into the galactic conflict between the First Order and the Resistance in 34 ABY. Born in 15 ABY, even as a young adult, she was still unaware of her connection to the Force, and it was only during the waning days of the Cold War when her powers began manifesting, thus subsequently leading her to the coveted path of becoming a Jedi, under the guidance of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.
And now, from the titular last Jedi in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' that came out a little over a year ago, Ridley is onboard to portray the last remaining female in a dystopian world, in the upcoming 'Chaos Walking' adaptation. Much like Star Wars, here Ridley's character Viola is yet another stranded girl watching out for her own self, unaware of the force she harbors. The story, as told in Ness' first book of the 'Chaos Walking' trilogy, sets off with Viola on a scout ship for her convoy with her family, and that is exactly when things go awry.
The ship's landing is met with some unforeseen circumstances resulting in a crash which cost her parents their lives. And thus begins Viola's journey for survival and self-sustenance once again as she camps out all on her own in the night, with nothing except a firebox by her side. She is found by the preacher of Prentisstown - a land with no remaining women. And this is where Viola is introduced to the main element of thrill in the dystopian, apocalyptic climate the story's plot revolves around. The preacher chases her away, and soon she discovers about the 'Noise' - which is described as an inherent ability, allowing all living creatures to hear each others' thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds.
But here's the twist: presumably purely because of her gender, Viola is barred from possessing the Noise. Even when she comes across the other protagonist of the tale, Todd, (played by Tom Holland in the upcoming film), the need for her survival causes the two being forced to run away from Prentisstown, because as the official synopsis reveals: "The men who arrived there started to become suspicious of the women of their town as they had no Noise. The women had realized by then that something horrible was going to happen and tried to escape but many were caught by David Prentiss and were killed. Todd is then led to believe that the Noise germ killed all the women and half of the men as well," as this cacophony is said to drive most of then insane.
When compared, the vague resemblance is striking, and significant, because in both the stories, Ridley is a deserted young girl, separated from any familial belonging, forced to fend for her own self without any guidance. In Star Wars she eventually seeks out the Jedi Master to brush her skills as a Jedi and in 'Chaos Walking' we see Todd rescuing her because he believes the lone female in their land could potentially be the 'key to unlocking New World's many-layered secrets.' And we believe with her potential - as exhibited in her rendition of the strong, driven, and determined Rey - Ridley is out to amaze us once again as the sole female character in a world that doesn't believe in the validity of women. Quite impeccable timing considering our current social climate!