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Chaos Walking: Nick Jonas Joins Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley

Spider-Man and Rey will join star opposite each other in Doug Liman’s adaptation of Patrick Ness’ YA novel.


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Nick Harley
Joseph Baxter

Aug 10, 2017

Chaos Walking, at first glance, may seem like just another YA novel adaptation in a field increasingly filled with failed, forgotten attempts. However, two of Hollywood’s hottest new names (riding under the Disney IP umbrella,) in current Spider-Man star Tom Holland and Star Wars sequel star Daisy Ridley are auspiciously joining forces to headline the Lionsgate film project based on Patrick Ness’s 2008-2010 novel series.

The premise of Chaos Walking centers on a dystopian future (admittedly, a worn YA standard), this time taking place on a planetary colony in which the survivors live in fear of a virus known as “The Noise,” which carries the primary symptom manifest as a stream of visions that images, words and sounds shared by everyone else. In essence, it could be seen as an allegorical social media malady.

Chaos Walking Cast

Nick Jonas will join the cast of Chaos Walking to play Davy Prentiss Jr., reports THR. The character is described as a young soldier in the army of Mayor Prentiss (Mads Mikkelsen), who is also apparently his son. Davy is, at least in this chapter, defined by jealousy as his dad seems to be taking his longtime rival Todd Hewitt (Holland), seemingly ignoring his own flesh and blood. – Sounds a bit like the Peter Parker/Harry Osborn dynamic that Holland’s Spider-Man: Homecoming was missing.

Jonas, of course, was introduced to the world as part of a trio of sibling Disney performers the Jonas Brothers, notably seen in musical projects such as the Camp Rock series. However, his transition into real acting has been steady, notably on the mixed-martial-arts-centric Audience/DirecTV original series Kingdom, which just concluded its three-season run on August 2. He’s also been seen on Fox’s Scream Queens and notably fielded a recurring role as a creepy villain on CBS’s Hawaii Five-0, playing Ian Wright, a homicidal hacker who gives the task force a handful of problems.

Chaoes Walking Cast

Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) plays protagonist Todd Hewitt.

Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) co-stars as Viola Eade.

Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) plays the villain, Mayor Prentiss.

Demián Bichir (Alien: Covenant) plays Ben.

Kurt Sutter (Son of Anarchy creator) plays Cillian.

Chaos Walking Details

The young actors currently leading the Spider-Man and Star Wars franchises, respectively, will be in front of the camera before Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow). No one knows exactly when the film will go into production or what the potential release date may be, considering the hectic schedules of the talent involved, but anticipation is high. Holland’s work in the MCU, Ridley’s completion of the Star Wars trilogy, and Liman’s appointment as the director of Dark Universe, a.k.a. Justice League Dark surely are first priority.

Eclectic screenwriter Charlie Kaufman once took a pass at the script when Robert Zemeckis was attached to the project back in 2012, but Jamie Linden (Money Monster) developed the latest draft with Gary Spinelli (American Made) and Lindsey Beer (Barbie). Chaos Walking is part one in author Patrick Ness’ sci-fi trilogy, which you can read the synopsis for below:

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.

We’ll have more details about the project as they become available.

Chaos Walking Release Date

Chaos Walking will disrupt the order of movie theaters when it arrives on March 1, 2019.

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