Disney is developing a brand new film for Disney+ called “Young Woman and the Sea”, which will star Daisy Ridley and is based on the book by Glenn Stout and tells the journey of Gertrude “Trudy” Ederle, the first woman to ever swim across the English Channel from England to France in 1926.
Gertrude Ederle won a gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle relay and bronze medals in the 100-meter and 400-meter freestyle races in the 1924 Paris Olympics. The next year she conceived of the idea of swimming the English Channel and made her first try. However, the sea was rough, and she didn’t succeed in her 1925 attempt. The following year she became the first woman to swim the English Channel. Her time of 14 hours, 31 minutes for the 35-mile (56K) distance broke the previous record held by a man, bettering it by almost two hours, and it stood for 35 years as the woman’s record.
According to the Film Music Reporter, Amelia Warner is currently recording her score for the film. She has previously worked on “Mary Shelley”, “Mr. Malcolm’s List”, “Wild Mountain Thyme”, and “Mum’s List”.
The film will also star Tilda Cobham-Hervey (I Am Woman), Stephen Graham (Peaky Blinders) and Christopher Eccleston (The Leftovers). It’s been directed by Joachim Rønning, who has previously directed “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”, and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”. The script has been written by Jeff Nathanson. Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman are producing “Young Woman and the Sea”.
“Young Woman And The Sea” wrapped filming last June and is due to be released on Disney+ later this year.