Star Wars' Daisy Ridley joins untitled superhero comedy alongside Josh Gad

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Mar 26, 2021, 9:00 AM EDT (Updated)

Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley has joined an as-yet-untitled comedy project that is being described as an original spin on the superhero genre. Hey, superhero-ing isn't a far leap from Jedi, right?

Deadline reports that the movie pitch is based on an idea by actor Josh Gad, and studio execs are already getting very excited about it.

Gad appears to be gamely assembling the project himself, bringing on Moana screenwriters Aaron & Jordan Kandell, as well as actor Luke Evans (who Gad worked with in Beauty and the Beast) and Ridley (who he’ll be seen with in the upcoming Murder on the Orient Express and The Last Jedi).

There’s not much more detail than that at this stage, except to say that it’s character-driven comedy and will involve superheroes. While that obviously has us interested, there’s also a slight tremor of anxiety whenever we hear superhero and comedy mentioned together. We’re hoping this project doesn’t follow the tone of say, Superhero Movie (2008) or My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), and goes for something completely fresh. Here's hoping that, at least judging by the sound of all the buzz surrounding it, we could be on to a winner.

The screenwriters, identical twin brothers Aaron and Jordan Kandell, are on somewhat of a roll after their huge hit with Disney’s Moana. They currently have another movie in production, Adrift, which stars Shailene Woodley as a young woman who sails into the eye of a hurricane to save the man she loves.

Ridley has also been keeping herself incredibly busy outside of her Star Wars schedule, with no less than six other projects currently on her slate, including playing the lead in a re-imagining of Hamlet, told from Ophelia's perspective. She also recently shared an on-set picture from director Doug Liman’s (Edge of Tomorrow) post-apocalyptic movie Chaos Walking.

What do you think of this new movie project? Let us know your thoughts on the pitch idea in the comments below.