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Chaos Walking is an upcoming American dystopian science fiction action film. It is based upon The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. The film was directed by Doug Liman and the screenplay written by Ness and Christopher Ford (Jamie Linden, John Lee Hancock, Gary Spinelli and Lindsey Beer also contributed, revising the first draft written by Charlie Kaufman). It stars Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley and Mads Mikkelsen.

On the planet of New World, a devastating war between human colonists and the native aliens resulted in all the women and half the men being wiped out, while the surviving men are afflicted with Noise, a condition that means everyone can see and hear their thoughts. Todd Hewitt (Holland) is one such survivor, living in Prentisstown under the leadership of the power-hungry David Prentiss (Mikkelsen), but everything changes when he meets Viola Eade (Ridley), a girl who crashlands on New World and is unaffected by Noise. Together, Todd and Viola uncover a dark secret that will change both their worlds.

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After several years in Development Hell, the film is set for release on 5th March 2021.

The official trailer can be viewed here.


This film contains examples of:

  • All Planets Are Earth-Like: New World looks no different from Earth in the trailer and its atmosphere is breathable for humans. The weird part is that everyone's thoughts can be heard and seen.
  • The Film of the Book: It is based upon the 2008 novel The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first installment in the Chaos Walking trilogy from which the film takes its title.
  • Gendercide: All the women in Prentisstown were killed years ago during a war; in the trailer Todd is shocked to encounter Viola because she's the first girl he's ever seen. Evidently, women aren't extinct elsewhere: Viola obviously exists, other women are seen at some points in the trailer, and Viola makes a point of asking what happened to all the women.
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