Daisy Ridley Confirms Talks About Playing Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider' Reboot. Speaking at the Empire Awards, where ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ scooped five honors, John Boyega said that he played the latest 'Tomb Raider' video game and thought Ridley needed 'to get on that!'
- Daisy Ridley has confirmed that she has been in talks to star in the Tomb Raider reboot.
Speaking to "The Hollywood Reporter" at the Empire Awards, held in London on Sunday, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress — who won the best female newcomer award — said there “have been conversations” about her picking up the Lara Croft reins left by Angelina Jolie, but she has not been offered the role. “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. Although currently filming the eighth episode of Star Wars, Ridley said she would have time to take on the additional role given the opportunity. “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 to play the iconic archaeologist-adventurer. “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 told THR. “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." Alongside Boyega and Ridley’s awards, The Force Awakens picked up three other honors Sunday evening, including best director for J.J. Abrams. The Hollywood Reporter sponsored the best British film award, which was won by Spectre and collected by Sam Mendes, while Alan Rickman posthumously won the Empire Legend award. Stanley Tucci was named Empire Hero, and Matt Damon was also on hand to pick up the best actor award for The Martian.