Things are already moving for the talented miss Ridley it seems. Fresh off the success her breakthrough role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Daisy Ridley has landed herself a part in the animated feature from the esteemed Studio Ghibli: Only Yesterday.
However, this isn’t a new feature; in fact it’s old news in Japan as it’s been out for nearly 25 years. Only Yesterday was released in 1991 to huge commercial and critical success, being one of the few films to hold a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and now it is getting its American treatment. It is for this North American release that Daisy Ridley has been recruited.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Ridley expanded upon her involvement with the project and it transpires that she is voicing the lead character, Taeko, alongside Dev Patel, star of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Slumdog Millionaire. Set in the 1980s, Only Yesterday follows the story of Taeko, a single 27 year-old travelling to visit her parents. On her journey, her life unfolds in a series of flashbacks and she begins to question whether she has been true to her childhood dreams.
In her interview, Ridley stated that part of the appeal of this film lies in its universality: “I think the reason probably this is such a loved film and will continue to be so is because it doesn’t feel foreign. It feels exactly right, like, how do you make your dreams come true?” Only Yesterday comes from the visionary mind of Isao Takahata, the man behind The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and will be released January 1, 2016 at the IFC Center in New York and in other cities in February.
To learn more of Ridley’s latest project check out the original Japanese-language trailer below.