The film is set in a future in which all women have died and the remaining men can hear each others’ thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called “the Noise.” Holland plays Todd Hewitt, who makes it his mission to protect a mysterious girl, Viola Eade (Ridley), who crash lands on his planet. The impressive cast also includes Mads Mikkelsen as the villain, Demián Bichir, David Oyelowo and Nick Jonas.
This one’s had a bumpy road to screens. Directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity), Chaos Walking was shot back in 2017, although negative test screenings resulted in substantial reshoots being lined up – reportedly upping the budget by another $US15 million. Holland’s Spider-Man and Ridley’s Star Wars schedules caused further delay, pushing reshoots to 2019, when it was reported that Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez was brought in to help out.
Well, looks like we’re finally going to be able to see what’s taken so long. Chaos Walking is set to hit Aussie and New Zealand cinemas on January 21st, 2021. In the US, the film is scheduled for a January 22nd drop, although whether that will include a simultaneous streaming/digital release remain to be seen with the pandemic still majorly ravaging the country and theatrical business.
Official synopsis for Chaos Walking:
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.
From the director of The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow and based on the best-selling novel The Knife of Never Letting Go, Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley star with Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, Kurt Sutter, and David Oyelowo in Chaos Walking.