When your debut movie makes over $US2 billion, your career is sure to get a bit of a boost. That’s certainly the case for Daisy Ridley, who is not only currently shooting Star Wars Episode 8 but also being considered to play Lara Croft in a new version of Tomb Raider.
Deadline reports that Ridley is one of several young actresses being eyed for the rebooted film, which has been in development for several years. Of course, Angelina Jolie played the badarse female archaeologist in two movies, in 2001 and 2003, but a new version of the film series began to percolate around 2009. Things escalated when the game franchise got its own super successful reboot in 2013 and just last year, they hired Norwegian director Roar Uthaug to direct and Geneva Robertson-Dworet to write the script. (Oddly, neither is mentioned in the Deadline report.)
The main name here is Ridley who, after Star Wars Episode VIII, only has one movie on her schedule: Star Wars Episode IX. She’d have time to play the role, the ability and the audience recognition. Overall, she’d be an amazing choice. But you have to wonder, depending on where the Star Wars series takes Rey, will she be too close to Croft for Ridley to be interested?
The new Tomb Raider film is currently without a release date.