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Daisy Ridley confirms she’s in talks for Tomb Raider role

March 21st, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments


Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley has confirmed that she has been in talks to star as Lara Croft in the planned Tomb Raider reboot.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter (via Squareeyed) at the Empire Awards, where The Force Awakens picked up five awards, Ridley – who claimed the best female newcomer award – confirmed there “have been conversations” regarding her playing the character popularised by Angelina Jolie. Ridley however, stressed that she hasn’t been offered the role yet.

“I’m waiting for someone to say ‘I want you, let’s do it’,” she said, adding that there wasn’t a script for the film yet.

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Although she is filming Star Wars: Episode VIII, Ridley confirmed that she is looking for additional opportunities.

“Absolutely, I’m trying to fill up my calendar,” she said.

Ridley’s co-star John Boyega – winner of Empire’s best male newcomer award – admitted that he himself had eyed Ridley for 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,” he said. “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.”

We couldn’t agree more, John, we couldn’t agree more…

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.