Daisy Ridley to Star in ‘Mind Fall,’ a Sci-Fi Thriller
The film is set in a near-future London where people’s memories can be extracted and implanted in others.
Daisy Ridley is set to star in the futuristic thriller Mind Fall, according to official announcements from the American Film Market (AFM). According to Deadline, the Star Wars actor will play the lead in the upcoming sci-fi thriller. Wild Bunch International is currently selling the film, which was written by Graham Moore (The Imitation Game) and will be directed by renowned French filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz (La Haine).
Mind Fall is set in a near-future London where people can use illegal technology to remove memories from one person’s mind and implant them in another’s. These “mems” have become the hottest drug on the black market, with people willing to pay top dollar to bind memories to themselves, making it impossible to tell what events they lived and what they implanted.
Ridley plays Ardis Varnado, a top mems trafficker who also happens to be a struggling addict who gets high on their own supply. When Varnado is accused of murdering one of her clients, she sets out to find out what happened and clear her name. This forces her to confront her own jumbled memories, not knowing which are hers and which are mems. As she uncovers the truth and attempts to piece together her own mind, she discovers that she had good reason to doubt what she thought was true.
Solstice Studios was supposed to oversee the film’s production, but the studio appears to be closing after laying off top executives earlier this month. Wild Bunch International’s buyer discussions are now being led by Vincent Maraval and Kim Fox. The film is being produced by Studio 8’s Jeff Robinov and John Graham, who are also working on Robert Rodriguez’s thriller Hypnotic, starring Ben Affleck and Alice Braga.
Ridley is currently in post-production on Neil Burger’s The Marsh King’s Daughter for STX, which he co-starred in with Tom Holland in Chaos Walking. Kassovitz was most recently seen in Yvan Attal’s film The Accusation and directed Le Bureau Des Legends. Mind Fall will be Kassovitz’s first film in more than a decade and his third English-language film after Gothika and Babylon AD. Moore won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar and the WGA Award in 2015 for her work on Morten Tyldum’s film The Imitation Game.
There is currently no release date or window for Mind Fall, so stay tuned for updates as the project progresses.