Tracking Board is reporting that Star Wars: The Force Awakens breakout star Daisy Ridley is in talks to star in the spec-project American Rebel set during the American Revolution.
Daisy Ridley is already in talks, and we’re now hearing that Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, and Joe Wright are being discussed as possible directors for a package that’s being built around a spec out from Paradigm and Madhouse Entertainment.
The package is for the red hot new spec script AMERICAN REBEL, written by Christopher Cosmos, which tells the true-life story of Deborah Sampson, a young woman who disguised herself as a man to serve in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Under the name Robert Shurtleff of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, she performed military duty for 17 months and was wounded in 1782. She attended to some of her wounds herself to avoid her secret being revealed. In spring of 1783, she was promoted and in that same summer, her gender was discovered by a doctor but he didn’t let slip her secret until the war was over. While other women who were discovered were reprimanded, Sampson received an honorable discharge at West Point on October 25, 1783.
Ridley would play Deborah Sampson, an American patriot who posed as a male soldier to fight in the war for 17 months.
Directors Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Joe Wright are said to be circling the film.
SOURCE: TRACKING BOARD