Idris Elba, Michael K. Williams, and Dominic West have all given it a go. Then there’s Kathy Bates, who tried it out for her role as the bearded lady in American Horror Story: Freak Show. And who can forget John Travolta in the 2007 update of Hairspray?
We’re talking, of course, about an authentic Baltimore accent. According to Variety, the latest recruit to join their distinguished ranks will be the very English actress, Daisy Ridley.
The Force Awakens star is set to play Virginia Hall, a real-life Baltimore-born heiress who went on to be named “most dangerous of all Allied spies” by the Nazi Gestapo.
She’ll star in A Woman of No Importance, an upcoming adaptation of a biography by Sonia Purnell that shows Hall was every bit as kickass as Daisy’s Star Wars character, Rey. Having been denied a role at the American Foreign Service due to her gender and disability (she had her left leg amputated below the knee while working for the American embassy in Turkey), Hall worked for British intelligence during the war and was eventually allowed to join the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA.
The film is just the latest project to bridge the gap in Ridley’s schedule between wrapping filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII (as of this week known as The Last Jedi) and starting all over again for Episode IX in 2018. If reports are correct, then in that time she’s managed to cram in another five movies: Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded Murder On The Orient Express, a Peter Rabbit movie with James Corden, WWII drama The Lost Wife, Hamlet spinoff Ophelia, and a new film called Kolma from her Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams.
Phew. She’s certainly got a lot to squeeze in before she and her fellow Star Wars co-stars head out on the promotional trail in the run-up to The Last Jedi, opening in theaters this December.
The question is, will the native Londoner use any of that time to take accent lessons?
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