Fresh off the gig of her life, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" starlet Daisy Ridley may be gearing up to play another badass female, with word that she's among a number of actresses vying for the coveted role of Lara Croft in a "Tomb Raider" reboot.
Deadline reports that Ridley, a previously-unknown 23-year-old who played franchise newcomer Rey in "The Force Awakens" to much fanfare, is right in the thick of the casting process for "Tomb Raider," a reboot of the 2001 flick that starred another on-the-rise talent: Angelina Jolie. While the trade notes that "conversations have taken place" between Ridley and filmmakers, "this is still very early and there have been no official negotiations or offer yet, with the producers keeping their options wide open at this stage." The Croft part is considered "one of THE plum gigs out there for a young actress," according to Deadline.
Interest in the long-dormant "Tomb Raider" film franchise has risen in recent years thanks to a successful reboot of the video game series that spawned the original film and its 2003 sequel, "Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life." That 2013 game reboot focuses on a younger Lara Croft, on her first quest as an archaeology student, making fresh-faced Ridley a natural fit for the part. The new "Tomb Raider" flick has been in development for several years, though we'd imagine with Ridley on board it would come together quickly.
Ridley is currently shooting "Star Wars: Episode VIII," though her post-"Star Wars" slate is surprisingly empty for now, save a gig as an executive producer of the documentary "The Eagle Huntress." Could another high-profile action role be in order? Only time will tell.
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