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“Young Woman and the Sea” in selected cinemas from May 31

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Daisy Ridley in “Young Woman and the Sea”

Daisy Ridley tells an inspiring story based on true events Young woman and the sea.

Based on the 2022 book The Young Woman and the Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World directed by Glenn Stout, the new film stars Ridley as Gertrude “Trudy” Ederle, the first woman to successfully swim across the English Channel.

PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the film, featuring Ridley in the role and behind-the-scenes photos.

“The most surprising thing about this story is how few people know what Trudy did,” Ridley, 31, said in a statement. “What she achieved was not only a personal achievement, but a breakthrough for women in sports.”

“I’m excited for people to see this film in all its glory and experience this journey with all its hardships, hope and ultimately joy,” he said. star Wars adds the actress.

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“Young Woman and the Sea”

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“Young Woman and the Sea”

According to the summary, Ederle “was born in New York City in 1905, the son of immigrants.”

“With the unwavering support of her older sister and supportive coaches, she overcame the odds and the hostility of a patriarchal society to rise through the ranks of the Olympic swimming team and accomplish a stunning feat: swimming the 21-mile route from France to England.”

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“Young Woman and the Sea”

The cast also includes Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Stephen Graham, Kim Bodnia, Christopher Eccleston and Glenn Fleshler.

Director Joachim Rønning (2019) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil) says he “fell in love” with Ederle’s story “the moment I read Jeff Nathanson’s amazing script.”

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“Young Woman and the Sea”

“As a father of two teenage daughters, I really wanted to make a film that would speak to them, about a girl who changed the world,” says Rønning.

Rønning says that to enhance the film’s realism, he “didn’t want blue screens and computer-generated images.”

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“I wanted to be in the elements, like in old-school films. It’s a difficult way to film, but I believe the audience will be able to feel the dedication from the cast and crew,” the filmmaker adds.

Of her leading lady, Rønning enthuses Ridley: “In addition to being an incredible actress, she proved her skills and dedication on a daily basis by swimming in 60-degree water until her lips turned blue.”

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“Very few actors could do what she does — regardless of gender,” she adds.

Young woman and the sea in selected cinemas from May 31.

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