Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley on the hunt for Lara Croft role in Tomb Raider reboot

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley has confirmed talks to take on the role of Lara Croft in a forthcoming Tomb Raider reboot.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter at the Empire awards in London, the British actor said there had “been conversations” about her taking on the part of the English archaeological explorer made famous by Angelina Jolie in two early noughties films.

“I’m waiting for someone to say ‘I want you, let’s do it’,” she said. It is understood no script yet exists for the project, which is in its early stages.

Ridley, 23, who is set to return as Rey in Star Wars: Episode VIII suggested she would have enough time to shoot different projects. “Absolutely, I’m trying to fill up my calendar,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.

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Jolie played Croft in two films, 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Neither fared well with critics but the first instalment was a box-office smash, taking $274.7m worldwide. Both movies were based on the long-running Eidos Interactive video game franchise which kicked off with 1996’s Tomb Raider.

Norwegian director Roar Uthaug, best known for disaster movie The Wave, is set to make his English language debut on the reboot. The new iteration, announced in November, is reportedly an origins story.

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