Directed by: Doug Liman
Written by: Charlie Kaufman, Jamie Linden, Patrick Ness, Lindsey Beer, Gary Spinelli & John Lee Hancock
Produced by: Allison Shearmur, Doug Davison, Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke & Erwin Stoff
Other cast: Daisy Ridley, Nick Jonas, Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Kurt Sutter & David Oyelowo
Release date: March 1, 2019
Running time: n/a
Todd Hewitt lives on the distant planet of New World-a new hope for humanity until struck by “The Noise,” a virus which inflicts immersive visions of ones’ every thought. The cacophony drives many mad until Todd makes a hidden, silent discovery: there is a girl named Viola, who may be the key to unlocking New World’s many layered secrets. Together, the two unlikely companions are forced on a white-knuckle adventure into an unexplored planet – trying to escape and hide in an environment where all thoughts are heard, all movements are seen -as they both discover the truth about the lives they left behind and the spectacular world they’ve learned to call home.
Chaos Walking is an upcoming American science fiction action thriller film directed by Doug Liman, produced by Robert Zemeckis, and written by Charlie Kaufman, Jamie Linden, Patrick Ness, Lindsey Beer, Gary Spinelli and John Lee Hancock. It is based on Ness’ young adult novel The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first novel of the Chaos Walking trilogy. The film stars Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley and Mads Mikkelsen. It will be released by Lionsgate on March 1, 2019.
Tom’s Character: Todd Hewitt
The protagonist of the series. He is forced to flee from Prentisstown after discovering a ‘hole’ in the Noise. Brought up by his surrogate parents, Ben and Cillian, Todd was kept unaware of Prentisstown’s true history until the end of the first book.
Daisy Ridley as Viola Eade, a girl with the key to unlock secrets for the New World.
Mads Mikkelsen as David Prentiss, the cruel Mayor of Prentisstown and Hewitt’s mentor.
Demián Bichir as Ben Moore, Todd’s protective adoptive father.
Kurt Sutter as Cillian Boyd, Todd’s tough adoptive father.
Nick Jonas as David “Davy” Prentiss Jr., the Mayor’s son and a young soldier in his army who is fueled by jealousy over his father’s mentorship of Todd, his longtime rival.
David Oyelowo as Aaron, a violent priest in the New World.
Cynthia Erivo as Hildy, an important ally to Todd and Viola, and the leader of Farbranch, a peaceful settlement in the New World that is forced to take a stand against Mayor Prentiss and his growing army.
Óscar Jaenada as Wilf, an untrustworthy drifter who becomes instrumental in Todd and Viola’s plot against Mayor Prentiss.
In October 2011, Lionsgate Entertainment acquired worldwide distribution rights to a film adaptation of the Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking novels trilogy, to be produced by Doug Davison’s production company Quadrant Pictures. Jamie Linden was set to write the film. Deadline reports back in 2013 that Robert Zemeckis was hired as the director, but due to scheduling conflicts, he decides to produce instead along with his partners through his banner ImageMovers Productions. On June 10, 2016, Doug Liman was in talks to direct the film. On August 4, 2016, it was reported that Daisy Ridley joined the cast. She was a fan of the books, and wanted to star in the film after finishing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. On November 28, 2016, Tom Holland joined the cast after starring in Spider-Man: Homecoming. On July 20, 2017, it was announced that Mads Mikkelsen joined the cast for the film as the villainous mayor. In August 2017, Demian Bichir, Kurt Sutter, Nick Jonas and David Oyelowo joined the cast. In September 2017, Cynthia Erivo joined the cast. In the next month, Oscar Jaenada was added to the cast.
Principal photography on the film began in Montreal, Quebec on August 7, 2017. The film will also be shot in Scotland, and Iceland. Principal production is scheduled to wrap on November 8, 2017. On October 13, 2017, Tom Holland broke his nose while filming on set.
Chaos Walking is scheduled to be released by Lionsgate on March 1, 2019.