Daisy Ridley Eyed For Lead Role in ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot

By March 10, 2016

In the long line of failed video game adaptations, the Tomb Raider films rank near the top of possibly the most disappointing. With an action-adventure premise that summer blockbusters dream of, and a seemingly pitch-perfect casting of Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft, the films really didn’t have any excuse for being as bad as they were.

Nonetheless, a film reboot of the franchise has been in development for quite some time now, and after landing its director a few months ago, it looks like the Tomb Raider reboot may have set its eyes on one of last year’s biggest breakout stars for its title role.

According to a new report from Deadline, Warner Bros. and MGM are apparently compiling a list of the actresses that they’d most want to play the newest iteration of Lara Croft onscreen, and included in that list? The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley. It should be noted right away though that no conversations have been had between the studio and the actress, and Ridley is one of many actresses being eyed for the role.

However, it doesn’t come as much of a shock that the studio may want to grab Ridley for another franchise as quickly as possible after making waves as the lead heroine, Rey, in The Force Awakens last year. Ridley is currently in the midst of production on director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII though, so it might be a bit hard for the actress to fit in yet another franchise into her busy schedule, even if she was interested in the role.

After rebooting the video game franchise successfully a few years ago as well, Lara Croft was finally brought back into the current video game culture. Considering the success of the last two games too, trying for anther film adaptation right now would likely be the smartest move Warner Bros. could make. If they manage to get Ridley in the lead role as well, then this Tomb Raider reboot might not be something to roll your eyes at after all.

The Tomb Raider reboot is currently in development.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • Oneijack

    I’m sorry and this might sound crass but she doesn’t have the “assets” to pull off a Lara Croft. Yes, I know they can use fake ones and so on but come on where is the eye candy in that. lol

  • David Johnson

    So their trying to make the series over again just on star power, hope they put a little thought into the Script!!!!

    • BobbyBobertson


      Something tells me these Hollywood writers don’t want or need your literary advice.

  • Revenant Traveler

    I’m NOT a fan of live action adaptations of popular video games, as they generally suck (“Hitman: Agent 47” has been the rare exception) so I hope this is nothing more than a nauseating rumor. I’d rather see this talented ingenue in something worthwhile…