Tomb Raider is rebooting and Daisy Ridley might be your new Lara Croft

The fast-rising Star Wars actress is being lined up for the video game blockbuster.

Daisy Ridley as Tomb Raider icon Lara Croft
Uncanny Daisy Ridley to swap Rey's staff for double-action pistols in Tomb Raider? Image Picture Square Enix/Disney/Lucasfilm

Daisy Ridley has already cemented herself as one to watch after her turn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens – now she’s potentially jumping into another A-list franchise.

Tomb Raider is getting rebooted and the 23-year-old British actress is reportedly near the top of the producers’ wish list for the part of Lara Croft.

According to Deadline, Ridley is in the running to take over the role that shot Angelina Jolie to fame in the 00s.

If Star Wars proved anything, it’s that Ridley’s got the action skills, acting chops and perfect accent to play the iconic heroine.

Daisy Ridley Star Wars
Action Queen Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and BB-8 in action in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Image Picture Disney/Lucasfilm

Lara Croft, an all-action archaeologist in the mould of Indiana Jones, first appeared in the 1996 PlayStation video game Tomb Raider. The character swiftly became a sex symbol and appeared in numerous sequels.

The new movie, to be directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug, will be based on the 2013 reboot game Rise Of The Tomb Raider.

Uthaug told IGN that he wants to bring a dose of reality to the series.

“I think making Lara Croft feel like a real human being, that’s definitely something we want to bring to the big screen as well,” he said. “I think we’ll want to make people relate to Lara as a character. I’m hoping to bring some of my Norwegian sensibilities to the franchise.

“I’ve always been a fan of strong female characters, and I think I’ve had strong female characters in all my previous movies, so that’s something I thought was interesting.”

In the video game series Lara has previously been voiced by Keeley Hawes, Camilla Luddington and Abigail Stahlschmid.

Maybe it’s not too late for one of them to throw their dual-action pistols into the ring?

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