“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breakout star Daisy Ridley is confirming that she is in talks to play Lara Croft in the reboot of the famous “Tomb Raider” series.
She told The Hollywood Reporter at Sunday’s Empire Awards (where she won Best Female Newcomer) there “have been conversations” about her tackling the iconic role last played by Angelina Jolie.
Although there is not yet a script for the project, she said, “I’m waiting for someone to say ‘I want you, let’s do it.’” She told the outlet that she is currently trying to fill up her calendar, and making the film work with her “Star Wars” shooting schedule shouldn’t be a problem.
Apparently Ridley already has one big fan of her in the role: her “Star Wars” co-star John Boyega, who received the Best Male Newcomer award. At the event, Boyega said, “I played Tomb Raider the game, it’s a new take and I think the movies are going to be based on that version. But I texted Daisy [and] was like, ‘this is you!’ and ‘you need to get on that because you could be Lara Croft.’ She should be.”
The Lara Croft character (based off of the character from the “Tomb Raider” video game franchise) was first seen on the big screen in 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.” The film starred Jolie, her father Jon Voight and then little-known star Daniel Craig. Jolie reprised her role in the 2003 sequel, “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” along with Gerard Butler and Djimon Hounsou. Another sequel was planned, but never officially materialized due to Jolie’s disinterest in the project.
Per IMDB, the new film is being directed by Roar Uthaug (“Cold Prey,” “The Wave”), with Evan Daugherty (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Divergent”) on board to pen the screenplay. The film is being projected for a 2017 release.