Disney is contemplating a theatrical release for Disney’s upcoming film “Young Woman and the Sea” starring Daisy Ridley. The movie was originally planned to be released on Disney+ but now Disney may planning a May 31st theatrical release after the picture scored quite well.
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.
According to Deadline, a May 31 theatrical release date is being eyed with a big global campaign, further boosted by a Summer Olympics 2024 campaign tied to the movie’s Disney+ release over the summer. These dates aren’t ironclad, and could still be flexible. Presumably, talent needs to be looped in on their deals as this film goes from streaming to theatrical.
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.