Joining up again after the blockbuster success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams plans to produce a new film that will likely star actress Daisy Ridley. Previously known for her breakout role as Rey in the last Star Wars film, Ridley is in talks to be featured as the main character in the supernatural drama which will be called Kolma.
Based off a 2003 Israeli TV movie called Kol Ma She’Yesh Li, Ridley will play a 22-year-old girl that experiences a devastating car accident which takes the life of her boyfriend. Over the next several decades, Ridley’s character ages naturally and eventually faces a choice at death. She has the option of being reunited with her lost love in the afterlife, however choosing that option will erase all the memories she made with her husband and children in her later years.
Timing on the production of Kolma hasn’t been announced at this point. Ridley is currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII and will likely need her schedule clear for Star Wars: Episode IX soon after. Marielle Heller is in talks to direct Ridley in Kolma. Her previous directorial work includes The Diary of a Teenage Girl which stars Bel Powley and Kristin Wiig. The budget of the film is expected to be upwards of $70 million, specifically for the special effects.
Prior to this announcement, Ridley has been rumored to be the heavy favorite for MGM’s reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. It’s possible MGM is attempting to play off the success of the Tomb Raider reboot on video game consoles like the Xbox One and PS4. The video game series follows a young Lara Croft in her early twenties and has spawned two games in the last three years. At 24-years-old, Ridley is at an ideal age for a live-action reboot of the popular character.