'Star Wars' Breakout Daisy Ridley Could Be the New Lara Croft

'Star Wars' Breakout Daisy Ridley Could Be the New Lara Croft

Mar 10, 2016

We already know she's good at digging for buried valuables. Well, she's good at playing a character who's good at such tasks, as the scavenger turned interplanetary hero Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now newcomer Daisy Ridley could take on another iconic franchise and play another kickass action movie lead. Deadline is reporting that the British actress is in the running to star as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot.

Ridley is not necessarily a frontrunner for the role of the adventuring archeologist, but obviously she's the most noteworthy in contention given that before being cast in the recent Star Wars sequel she was a complete unknown. And as the movie's main protagonist she won millions of fans over and has broken out big time. Therefore, what she does next and alongside her continued portrayal of Rey in the Star Wars franchise is of great interest.

So far, Ridley has only voiced a character in a new English-language dub of an old Japanese animated film (Only Yesterday) and lent her name as executive producer to the hit Sundance documentary The Eagle Huntress. She's currently filming Star Wars Episode VIII, due late next year, meaning it will be a while before we see her on screen as anyone but Rey. Presumably that gig could end for her with 2019's Star Wars Episode IX, after which she could use another franchise showcase.

Deadline acknowledges that Ridley is just one of many young actresses being eyed for the Croft role, which was formerly embodied in movies by Angelina Jolie yet is now skewing younger for early years stories. But no other names are being shared at this time. According to IMDb, the Tomb Raider reboot has been planned for a 2017 release with Norwegian director Roar Uthaug, who helmed the just-released disaster film The Wave, working with a script by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman). It's more likely to arrive later, though, especially if they wait on Ridley.





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