Christopher Eccleston (The Leftovers) has joined the Disney+ Original Film “Young Woman and the Sea.” The movie 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. The Olympic gold medalist made the 21-mile swim from England to France in 1926. Eccleston will co-star opposite Daisy Ridley, Tilda Cobham-Hervey (I Am Woman) and Stephen Graham (Peaky Blinders).
Ederle, who was the daughter of a German butcher from Manhattan, was a competitive swimmer who won gold in the 1924 Olympics and decided to join the race to become the first woman to make the hazardous crossing after only five men had been able to do it.
She started her journey by first swimming 22 miles from Battery Park in New York to Sandy Hook, NJ, setting a record that stood for 81 years. She also contracted two newspapers to follow and share her story.
Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki) is directing on a script written by Jeff Nathanson. Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman are producing.
“Young Woman and The Sea” is currently in production. A Disney+ premiere date for the film has not been announced yet.
Eccleston is a BAFTA Award nominee whose film credits include Legend, Dead in a Week Or Your Money Back, Where Hands Touch, Thor: The Dark World, Amelia, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, 28 Days Later…, The Others, Gone in 60 Seconds, eXistenZ, Elizabeth and Shallow Grave, and more. His TV credits include BBC’s Come Home, The A Word (BBC), The Leftovers (HBO), Doctor Who (BBC America), Blackout (BBC), The Shadow Line (Audience Network), Accused (BBC) and Safe House (ITV).