Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley may already be preparing for her next big franchise. The young actress, who was virtually unknown before taking on the role of Rey in this past December's blockbuster sequel, is being eyed to star as Lara Croft in Warner Bros.' Tomb Raider reboot. Though, she is said to be only one of many actresses that the studio is currently testing.
The 23-year-old British actress sounds like the perfect fit for this new version of Tomb Raider, which is based on the hugely popular video game. The original movie, which stands as one of the only successful video game adaptations thus produced by Hollywood, starred Angelina Jolie. It debuted in 2001, and was followed by the sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life in 2003. This new version is said to be based on the most recent reboot of the video game. And director Roar Uthaug is said to be looking for a much more down-to-earth, realistic hero this time.
Warner Bros. and MGM are teaming up for the Tomb Raider reboot. GK Films' Graham King is producing. It is said that conversations between Daisy Ridley and the studio have taken place. But this reboot is still in the early stages of development. No formal offer has gone out yet, and negotiations have not been made. It sounds like Warner Bros. and MGM are keeping their options wide open for the time being. As this is said to be one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood for young actresses at the moment.
Tomb Raider follows English archaeologist Lara Croft as she sets off on a series of adventures. The video game and movie adaptations have pulled heavily from the Indiana Jones franchise and the Alan Quartermaine stories. The latest incarnation of Lara Croft will work from a template established by Square Enix's 2013 video game reboot. This game showed Croft's first adventures as an archaeology student.
If Daisy Ridley does become the next Lara Croft, it's unclear when we might see Tomb Raider hit theaters. The actress is currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII. And she had no downtime between that sequel and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, reprising Rey as soon as she got done with her promotional duties on the last Star Wars adventure. The same pattern will likely follow with Star Wars: Episode IX, which arrives in 2019. If the young actress does become a part of this new Warner Bros. franchise, we might not see the first Tomb Raider until 2020. It's possible that Warner Bros., MGM and director Roar Uthaug will want to go with someone who's a little bit more available to get the movie in theaters sooner. What do you think? Is Daisy Ridley perfect for Lara Croft?