Rumors have been floating that Daisy Ridley, breakout star and semi-secret actual protagonist of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is in talks to play Lara Croft in the next film adaptation of the Tomb Raider video game series. Seems those rumors are a little more concrete today, according to Ridley herself.
The Hollywood Reporter checked in with Ridley this weekend at the Empire Awards in London about the possibility of her playing a new, younger version of Lara Croft, adapting the character from the most recent, rebooted games in the series—Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Ridley confirmed she’d been in talks about the role.
“I’m waiting for someone to say ‘I want you, let’s do it’,” Ridley told THR.
Still, it might be a while before we actually get a new film Tomb Raider. Ridley said the movie doesn’t have a script yet, so the entire idea is pretty preliminary.
Ridley would definitley be a cool star to bring into a series that was known for starring Angelina Jolie, though, and thematically the casting would fit the new vision developer Crystal Dynamics has created for the rebooted series. The new Tomb Raider games go back to Lara Croft’s origins and reimagine her less as a sex symbol, going instead for a more semi-realistic version of the globe-trotting archaeologist ass-kicker. She’s voiced by Camilla Luddington, who also lends her face and body to the role, and who would actually make a pretty good choice for the film version as well.
True, Lara still survives things in the games that would kill a lesser human, like, every five minutes, but we all know that reality is boring, and archaeologists are better when they punch people. Or in Lara’s case, when they sneak up on people and brutally stab them in the neck with an arrow.