March 21, 2016


Daisy Ridley Is Into the Idea of Playing Lara Croft in New 'Tomb Raider'

Getty Images, Square Enix
Getty Images, Square Enix

A couple weeks ago, we heard that Star Wars: The Force Awakens breakout Daisy Ridley was being eyed to star in a Tomb Raider reboot. The 23-year-old Brit would play Lara Croft, the role originated by a pixelated badass in the 1996 video game and played by Angelina Jolie in a pair of movies in 2001 and '03. 

Now Ridley's spoken out, and the forecast seems good. "I’m waiting for someone to say ‘I want you, let’s do it,'" she told The Hollywood Reporter, confirming that there "have been conversations" but that there's no script yet. The video game series was rebooted in 2013, with its most recent game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, released in November 2015.

Ridley's Star Wars co-star and fellow newcomer John Boyega is down with the idea, telling THR:

“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."

Filming Star Wars: Episode VIII and presumably Episode IX apparently won't be an obstacle for Ridley, either. She told THR,  “Absolutely, I’m trying to fill up my calendar."