Deadline is exclusively reporting that Daisy Ridley is set to star in the film adaptation of Karen Dionne’s psychological-thriller novel The Marsh King’s Daughter, with Neil Burger attached to direct.
Daisy Ridley (whose credits include Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Chaos Walking) will be playing the role of Helena, a woman living a seemingly ordinary life, but hiding a dark secret: her father is the infamous ‘Marsh King’, the man who kept her and her mother captive in the wilderness for years. After a lifetime of trying to escape her past, Helena is forced to face her demons when her father unexpectedly escapes from prison.
Dionne’s novel is being adapted for the big screen by Mark L. Smith and Elle Smith, with principal photography currently scheduled to commence this summer in Canada. Black Bear Pictures’ Teddy Schwarzman, Anonymous Content’s Keith Redmon and Mark L. Smith will serve as producers on the project.
Black Bear Pictures are financing the project, with STX International distributing the film in the UK, Ireland and India. CCA Media Finance are handling the U.S distribution rights of the film, which will be a hot package at the upcoming virtual EFM.