Chaos Walking is an upcoming American-Canadian sci-fi action adventure-thriller film directed by Doug Liman from a screenplay by Patrick Ness and Christopher Ford.
It is based on the sci-fi trilogy Chaos Walking, adapting its first book, 2008’s The Knife of Never Letting Go by Ness. The film stars Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, and David Oyelowo.
Chaos Walking Film Plot
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.
Chaos Walking Cast And Characters
- Daisy Ridley as Viola Eade, a woman without Noise who is the key to unlocking secrets for the New World.
- Tom Holland as Todd Hewitt, a boy living on the distant planet of New World.
- Mads Mikkelsen as David Prentiss, the cruel Mayor of Prentisstown.
- Demián Bichir as Ben Moore, one of Todd’s adoptive fathers.
- 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.
- Nick Jonas as David “Davy” Prentiss Jr., the Mayor’s son and a soldier.
- David Oyelowo as Aaron, a violent priest in the New World who seeks after Todd and Viola.
- Kurt Sutter as Cillian Boyd, one of Todd’s adoptive fathers.
- Óscar Jaenada as Wilf, an ignored and excluded drifter who becomes instrumental in Todd and Viola’s plot against Mayor Prentiss.
- Marc Primeau as Whaler.
Chaos Walking Film Based On
This film is based on the sci-fi trilogy Chaos Walking, adapting its first book, 2008’s The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.
It is a young adult science fiction series. It is set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called “Noise”. The series is named after a line in the first book:
“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”
The series consists of a trilogy of novels and three short stories. The three novels feature two adolescents, Todd Hewitt and Viola Eade, who encounter various moral issues and high stakes as the planet around them erupts into war. The Knife of Never Letting Go (2008) begins with Todd being forced to flee his town after discovering a patch of silence, free of Noise. In the second book, The Ask and the Answer (2009), tensions rise as a civil war between two opposing factions forms, and in the final book, Monsters of Men (2010) the indigenous species of New World rebels against the humans just as a ship full of new settlers is set to arrive on the planet. The series has won almost every major children’s fiction award in the UK, including the 2008 Guardian award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Monsters of Men won the Carnegie Medal in 2011. The series has been praised for its handling of themes such as gender politics, redemption, the meaning of war, and the unclear distinction between good and evil, all threaded through its complex, fast-paced narrative.
The first novel is narrated entirely by Todd, the second is told through the viewpoints of both Todd and Viola and the third book is narrated by Todd, Viola and The Return.
Chaos Walking Film Trailer Breakdown
In Prentisstown, Todd has been brought up to believe that the Spackle released a germ that killed all the women and unleashed Noise on the remaining men.
After discovering a patch of silence out in the swamp, his surrogate parents immediately tell him that he has to run, leaving him with only a map of New World, a message, and many unanswered questions. He soon discovers the source of the silence: a girl, named Viola.
Viola here, does not have the “Noise” and is kind of under attack, and Todd makes sure that she is protected by the people who are after her. Also there’s this huge army coming from space they’ve also shown a dark figured creature in the trailer , also if you have already read the novel you would know what is happening here, but if you haven’t, like speaking about Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley’s fans, If they haven’t read the novels then I guess this is going to be a bit complicated to understand.
Anyway, it looks interesting because ofcourse there’s Holland. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on January 22, 2021. It was previously scheduled to be released on March 1, 2019, but it was delayed to accommodate the film’s reshoots.
Chaos Walking What To Expect
This is not just based on the first book but all 3 of them. Yes! You watch the trailer and you’ll know that there are three parts :
First when Todd discovers the patch of silence that is Viola.
Second when Todd has to leave the town as the tensiona rise as a civil war is being held between two opposing factions forms.
And third when the indigenous species of New World rebels against the humans just as a ship full of new settlers is set to arrive on the planet.
The film didn’t release before because they said that at the time, initial cuts of Chaos Walking were deemed “unreleasable” because they were allegedly so poor in quality that at least three weeks of reshoots were needed to get the movie back on its feet. As such, the release date was pushed to 2020.
As you know now, that this film is based on a trilogy, all of it in one film? According to us the trailer kinda looks complicated, has too many things going on , maybe not at once but like viewers need time to relax and process you know, just focus on one thing? Anyway,
The cast is great, Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley? We like that! Let’s see how it goes now.
The Movie Culture Synopsis
Lionsgate acquired worldwide distribution rights to a film adaptation of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy in October 2011.
The film to be produced by Doug Davison’s production company Quadrant Pictures.
The first draft of the screenplay was written by Charlie Kaufman and then left subsequently, as confirmed by a 2016 interview.
That draft would later be revised by Jamie Linden, Lindsey Beer, Gary Spinelli, John Lee Hancock, Christopher Ford and Ness himself. Deadline reported in 2013 that Robert Zemeckis was being considered as the director, but apparently nothing came to fruition. On June 10, 2016, Doug Liman was in talks to direct the film.
As Daisy Ridley was a fan of the books it was reported on August 4 of 2016 that she had joined the cast and was the announced to play the role of Viola and then, on November 28, 2016, Tom Holland joined the cast to play Todd.
In April 2018, it was reported that the film was scheduled to have several weeks of reshoots in late 2018 or early 2019, following poor test screenings.
Due to Ridley’s commitment to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Holland’s to Spider-Man: Far From Home, the reshoots were not able to commence until April 2019, with Fede Álvarez directing them. These reshoots, which took place in Atlanta and lasted through May, added an additional $15 million to the film’s budget. In September 2020, Ness and Ford were given final credit on the screenplay.