Here’s a general rule of thumb that I apply to the film industry that often leads me in the right direction: when there’s a multiple-year gap between when a movie is filmed and when it’s released, it’s probably got issues. That said, given the talent involved with Chaos Walking, I’m certainly intrigued, perhaps more than I should be.
Directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) and originally filmed in 2017, Chaos Walking — which stars Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley — was deemed to be “unreleasable” by the studio who then greenlit reshoots. However, due to the professional commitments of its stars (Holland in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Ridley in the Star Wars franchise), said reshoots didn’t take place until 2019. Obviously, once the reshoots were completed, the film was further delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s the official synopsis for the film, via Lionsgate:
In the not too distant future, Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) discovers Viola (Daisy Ridley), a mysterious girl who crash lands on his planet, where all the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “the Noise” – a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened – and as Todd vows to protect her, he will have to discover his own inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets.
In addition to Holland and Ridley, Chaos Walking — which is set to be released sometime in 2021 — also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, Kurt Sutter, and David Oyelowo.
While I’d usually be all-the-way-out on something like this, the fact is that we’re living through a particularly difficult time for movies (see: Wonder Woman 1984 releasing on HBO Max), so I’ll take any sort of movie-star-filled sci-fi thriller I can get at this point.
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