Star Wars Star Daisy Ridley Confirms Talks for New Tomb Raider Movie

The Force Awakens actress is keen to play Lara Croft.

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It was reported last week that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley was being considered for the lead role in a reboot of the Tomb Raider movie franchise. Now Ridley has confirmed that she has had talks with producers about taking on the role of Lara Croft.

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Ridley spoke to The Hollywood Reporter at the Empire Awards last night (March 20), and revealed that there "have been conversations" about the part, which was previously played by Angelina Jolie. "I'm waiting for someone to say 'I want you, let's do it'," she said, but also stated that there wasn't a script for the film yet.

In addition, Ridley's Star Wars co-star John Boyega also told THR that he thought Ridley would be ideal casting for Lara Croft. "I played Tomb Raider the game, it's a new take and I think the movies are going to be based on that version," he said. "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 previous two Tomb Raider films--2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003's Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life--starred Jolie as the iconic British archaeologist. The first movie remains the highest grossing video game adaptation ever in the US, but the disappointing box office for The Cradle of Life, combined with Jolie's reluctance to revisit the character, meant that a third film never materialized.

A release date, or even a projection of a release date, has not been announced for the new Tomb Raider movie--and it doesn't yet have a title, either. The film, like the 2013 Crystal Dynamics game, tells an origin story, which director Roar Uthaug (The Wave) recently discussed.

"I think making Lara Croft feel like a real human being, that's definitely something we want to bring to the big screen as well," he said in an interview. "I think we'll want to make people relate to Lara as a character. I'm hoping to bring some of my Norwegian sensibilities to the franchise."

Ridley is currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII. She is also working on the documentary The Eagle Huntress as an executive producer.

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