Chaos Walking is a post-apocalyptic film set in a dystopian world that is based on the famous and award-winning children’s novels by Paul Ness. In this strange world, there are no women and everything living in this world can hear the thoughts of others via sounds, words, and images called the noise. The two main characters in this film are Todd Hewitt and Viola Eade. This pair of adolescents face a variety of moral issues throughout the story in a plot that will appeal to both teens and adults alike. Shooting for this fantasy, science fiction thriller film is currently planned to begin in August 2017 and the movie is set for release in 2019. So, what do we know so far about ‘Chaos Walking’ and what can moviegoers expect from this film?
The movie is based on a series of books written by Patrick Ness, a British writer who was born in the United States. There are three books in the series and Ness planned for them to be a trilogy from the start. ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ is the first book in the series. It is narrated entirely by Todd and has the theme of flight. The second book, ‘The Ask and The Answer’, is themed around tyranny and is narrated by both Todd and Viola. The final book of the trilogy is ‘Monsters of Men’. The theme of this book is war and it is narrated by Todd, Viola, and The Return.
Patrick Ness also wrote a book called ‘A Monsters Call’ which was adapted into a film that was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016. Tom Holland had a small uncredited role in this movie. It had a limited release in the United States from December 23, 2016. It was widely released on January 6, 2017. ‘A Monster Calls’ received critical acclaim for the story, the direction, the visual effects and the performances.
The screenplay for this movie was written in collaboration between Paul Ness, Charlie Kaufman, and John Lee Hancock. Also with writing credits are Gary Spinelli and Jamie Linden. The worldwide distribution rights for the movie have been bought by Lionsgate and Doug Davison’s production company, Quadrant Pictures, is responsible for producing the film. Both Doug Davison and Allison Shearmur are the producer of ‘Chaos Walking’. Ray Angelic acts as the executive producer.
The lead characters who have been named are Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland. Many of the cast are not yet confirmed.
Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley is an English actress and film producer who was born in London on April 10, 1992. Her acting career began with some short films and several minor roles in television series. She had her big break when she was cast in the role of Rey for the Star War sequel trilogy. Shae appeared in both the 2015 movie ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and also the 2017 film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’. In ‘Chaos Walking’, Ridley will play Viola Eade.
Tom Holland is an English actor and dancer who was born in London on June 1, 1996. He has played Billy Elliot in London’s West End’s ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’. He is best-known for starring in ‘The Impossible’ in 2012 and for taking the role of Spider-Man in ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’. In ‘Chaos Walking’, Holland will play the role of Todd Hewitt.
Although moviegoers still have a while to wait before the release of this fantasy drama, it seems that ‘Chaos Walking’ has all the ingredients of success. It has the potential to achieve the same critical acclaim as the books on which it is based.