Ridley Confirms “Tomb Raider” Possibility

A few weeks ago came a report that Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM had narrowed down a list of potential candidates to play Lara Croft in their upcoming reboot of the “Tomb Raider” film franchise. At the top of that list, or at least high on it, was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley.

The report also indicated no talks had been held at that point, and Ridley was one of several being considered for the role. Speaking with THR this weekend though, the 23-year-old actress revealed that there has in fact “been conversations” thoiugh she hasn’t officially been offered the role: “I’m waiting for someone to say ‘I want you, let’s do it'” and says she’s keen for the project: “Absolutely, I’m trying to fill up my calendar.”

Indeed there isn’t a completed script at this time. Turns out though Ridley’s “Star Wars” co-star John Boyega suggested she go after the role: “I played ‘Tomb Raider’ the game, it’s a new take and I think the movies are going to be based on that version. 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.”

Ridley is currently in the midst of production for “Star Wars: Episode VIII”. Roar Uthaug (“The Wave”) is set to direct the new “Tomb Raider” from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (“Transformers 5”).