Daisy Ridley May Star in Upcoming Tomb Raider Reboot

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Daisy Ridley May Star in Upcoming Tomb Raider Reboot

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The rebooted Tomb Raider games are of course leading to a rebooted Tomb Raider movie - which could star Daisy Ridley.

Daisy Ridley, best known for her role as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has told The Hollywood Reporter that she is currently "in talks" to play Lara Croft in an upcoming reboot of Tomb Raider.

Ridley said that while there there "have been conversations" about her picking up where Angelina Jolie left off with Lara Croft, she hasn't yet been officially 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.

Star Wars co-star John Boyega also told THR that Ridley would be perfect for the role. Boyega, who is an avid gamer himself, said "I played Tomb Raider the game, it's a new take and I think the movies are going to be based on that version. 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."

The planned Tomb Raider movie reboot is set for release in 2017, and will be directed by newcomer Roar Ulthaug. That's all we really know about it for now, but it does seem quite likely it will follow the "new" games, rather than pick up where Cradle of Life left off in 2003.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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I think she could pull it off, but I doubt the movie will be very good. Video game movies just don't work in general.

I can see this happening.

If a new movie is made, they could do a lot worse than her, not sure if they could do much better.

Having said that, can't say I'd miss it if the movie never saw the light of day.

Steven Bogos:
and will be directed by newcomer Roar Ulthaug.

I... what? Really? Wow, that name. You sure they aren't going to have him do Tomb Raider Underworld with a name like that?

I wonder what kind of season pass they will be offering for this movie, or if it will be cut in to half a dozen mini movies that we will have to pay full price for.

Oh just give it to her. She put up with JJ. Just put her in booty shorts, make Idris Elba her bad guy. Call it done.

As part of the target demographic for the original version of Lara Croft, I'd prefer they cast somebody a little more 'mature' for the role.

Nobody would dream of casting Jesse Eisenberg as Thor. Why are we trying to make tiny waifs into action heroines?

I'd go with Emily Blunt instead, but I don't make movies.

i can see her playing the role. she did really well in star wars in my view so i would say they should give her the roll.

Eh, makes sense. She raided wrecked starships on Jakku for a living, I figure raiding tombs is just one galaxy away.

Yoshilord:
I think she could pull it off, but I doubt the movie will be very good. Video game movies just don't work in general.

2013's Tomb Raider was pretty much a movie already, just with shooty and platformy bits that got in the way. I'm pretty sure they could make Tomb Raider work as a movie if they tried.

The problem is, gaming movies generally don't try. The attitude seems to be "lol who cares? Gamers will buy any piece of crap we slap a video game's name on!"

But gaming movies are only as untenable as superhero movies. What gaming movies needs is a Fox or Sony to make them popular (and later destroy them) or a Marvel Studios to handle the properties with some sort of concern for the source material. Will we ever see that? Hell if I know, though signs don't look particularly good.

teamcharlie:

Nobody would dream of casting Jesse Eisenberg as Thor.

Nah. He should be Hulk instead. Not Bruce Banner. Hulk.

Hawki:
Eh, makes sense. She raided wrecked starships on Jakku for a living, I figure raiding tombs is just one galaxy away.

And a long time.

So will the script be mostly grunts, panting and screams? Will I have to mash F? Or just admit it and make an exploitation film.

teamcharlie:
As part of the target demographic for the original version of Lara Croft, I'd prefer they cast somebody a little more 'mature' for the role.

Well since they're probably basing the film off the new Lara Croft, Ridley is arguably a good fit. She'd be a poor fit for Old!Lara, not so much for New!Lara.

teamcharlie:
Nobody would dream of casting Jesse Eisenberg as Thor. Why are we trying to make tiny waifs into action heroines?

Funny you should say that; apparently Tom Hiddleston originally auditioned for Thor. Roll that image around in your head for a minute.

Eh, there's only so many marketable young female action stars for this sort of thing. I daresay Jennifer Lawrence's name will came up sooner or later.

Huh. For a moment I thought they were rebooting the game again. Was like, "What, already? Much sooner than usual this time."

teamcharlie:
As part of the target demographic for the original version of Lara Croft, I'd prefer they cast somebody a little more 'mature' for the role.

Nobody would dream of casting Jesse Eisenberg as Thor. Why are we trying to make tiny waifs into action heroines?

Doesn't that make you exactly the kind of person they don't really care about marketing to? Current-Lara is current, ergo it'd be a bit silly for them to cast someone more 'mature'. At the moment '96's Lara is a - ahem... - dinosaur, a relic. Nu-Lara's where it's at.

As for Ridley? I think she'd be decent, but for the sake of her career I hope she holds off to see an actual script first. Also to google whoever the hell's directing it... Roar-something? Huh, apparently his most recent film, The Wave, could be pretty decent, and it sounds like he's already got some experience with 'people surviving horrible situations', so he should be fine for the A Survivor Is Born part of nu-Lara's arc.

I find it hard to believe a Tomb Raider film can ever have a good script, though. Hell, have any of the games ever had particularly good narratives and dialogue? I've been a fan since the original, and I actually loved the reboot, but Lara and the gameplay are pretty much the only draws; no other characters have ever really been stand-outs (Natla? Amanda? er, that kid on a skateboard with uzis?!), so that makes any adaptation to the bigscreen a tricky thing. And then when you can't approximate TR's gameplay in a film, well, then you're struggling to find recognisable elements of an IP to adapt, which means you're on very shaky ground to start with.

I hope it works out, as I really like the current version of Lara. But I've still not seen a good film based on a game (Mortal Kombat's fun as a b-movie, but that's all), and I'm not convinced it's at all possible.

Part of me is saddened by this news, just because I think Ms. Ridley is a fine actor who probably deserves better than to live off of franchises like Vin Diesel; but then I think of how short a shelf life female actors tend to have, and maybe it's not my business to give her career advice. Maybe her best bet is to make a ton of profitable movies here and now to live off her investments when she gets "too old" for big blockbuster roles.

JimB:
Part of me is saddened by this news, just because I think Ms. Ridley is a fine actor who probably deserves better than to live off of franchises like Vin Diesel; but then I think of how short a shelf life female actors tend to have, and maybe it's not my business to give her career advice. Maybe her best bet is to make a ton of profitable movies here and now to live off her investments when she gets "too old" for big blockbuster roles.

Or she could end up the next Dame Helen Mirren, none of us know the future. That said, I also think it would be wise for her to just bank as many big paydays as possible while everyone's throwing them at her feet. As long as she remembers Sir Christopher Lee's maxim, she'll be okay.

Wait, they want to release it in 2017 but don't have a script yet?

Even if them mean at the very end of 2017, isn't that a very short production time?

Zhukov:
Wait, they want to release it in 2017 but don't have a script yet?

Even if them mean at the very end of 2017, isn't that a very short production time?

Unheard of for a major studio movie, pretty much.

teamcharlie:
As part of the target demographic for the original version of Lara Croft, I'd prefer they cast somebody a little more 'mature' for the role.

I think, I was a "target demographic" too but ... and I can't believe I think I have to be "that guy", because I normally don't care that much about these "features" ... but I think I have to go with the "sexist" comment, that I would like a more "full figured" actress ... Angelina Jolie was already a "small frame", but Ridley is missing even more to the original video game character!
On the other hand, I don't care in the world about this movie, so do what you want...

I wonder what kind of season pass they will be offering for this movie, or if it will be cut in to half a dozen mini movies that we will have to pay full price for.

Well given it's Square Enix the movie will be produced in one go and then it will no doubt be released in 6 parts over the course of a year. Don't worry though you can pre pay to see all 6 parts for the same cost as a regular movie ticket or you can pay as you see each part for the total sum that works out at twice the cost of a regular movie ticket.

If enough people pre pay to see it they will no doubt release the first part early and if you go for their season extended pass you'll get a free Tomb Raider themed popcorn tub (popcorn sold separately)

At least this will show if she's at least a decent actress.

I mean her performance in Star Wars was heavily coloured by perspective.

I'm curious if she can bring the "edgy world wise snark" angle of Lara's attitude. Daisy just seems a little too sweet and innocent to pull off the typical representation of Lara Croft. Of course, if they go the route of the Tomb Raider reboot game, where we see her get the shit kicked out of her for 2 hours, and then she rises as this grizzled badass, then ok sure, she might be able to pull it off.

I don't know, we'll see I guess, if she can act well enough to pull off a grizzled badass.

Was the Tomb Raider movie so great that a reboot is needed?

Gatlank:
Was the Tomb Raider movie so great that a reboot is needed?

Were the games so great they needed a reboot? Probably not.

Is it a marketable franchise, with a large buyin from a fan base? Yep.

She'd be a good choice for the character. I just have no faith in their ability to write a good movie for Lara.

Happyninja42:

Gatlank:
Was the Tomb Raider movie so great that a reboot is needed?

Were the games so great they needed a reboot? Probably not.

Is it a marketable franchise, with a large buyin from a fan base? Yep.

Sure is marketable but what i remember are the games not the movie.
I could still grab my Saturn and play the first game almost blindfolded while from the movie the only thing i remember is that it stars Angelina Jolie. I dont even remember if it did so well at the box office to warrant a reboot while Hollywood as other movies it could milking.

Gatlank:

Happyninja42:

Gatlank:
Was the Tomb Raider movie so great that a reboot is needed?

Were the games so great they needed a reboot? Probably not.

Is it a marketable franchise, with a large buyin from a fan base? Yep.

Sure is marketable but what i remember are the games not the movie.
I could still grab my Saturn and play the first game almost blindfolded while from the movie the only thing i remember is that it stars Angelina Jolie.

You're assuming they are rebooting the movie, and not the simple franchise. Considering that recently, a new Tomb Raider game is what came out, it's more likely they are trying to rebrand, not reboot the TR movie, and will likely do it along the lines of the new game. Less blatant sexuality and giant tits, more "gritty realism and showcasing a tough woman overcoming odds". Which frankly has nothing to do with the previous movies.

Darth Rosenberg:

teamcharlie:
As part of the target demographic for the original version of Lara Croft, I'd prefer they cast somebody a little more 'mature' for the role.

Nobody would dream of casting Jesse Eisenberg as Thor. Why are we trying to make tiny waifs into action heroines?

Doesn't that make you exactly the kind of person they don't really care about marketing to? Current-Lara is current, ergo it'd be a bit silly for them to cast someone more 'mature'. At the moment '96's Lara is a - ahem... - dinosaur, a relic. Nu-Lara's where it's at.
(snip)

I suppose my real question-behind-the-question is this: could you imagine Daisy Ridley punching a conscious, non-restrained, aware grown man to death? If not, she's probably not going to make a good Lara Croft, because that's regularly something Lara Croft has to do.

And I suppose that's my problem with a lot of recent action movie heroines: very few of them look like they could even beat up a regular guy who goes to a Krav class every week at the local gym, let alone a trained killer. (yes, except the actual MMA ladies who are fully qualified for those roles. See: Angel from Deadpool for a great example of somebody who could absolutely rock out the Lara Croft role).

I like Daisy Ridley. She was competent enough in The Force Awakens, but I think Emily Blunt would do a much better Lara Croft. But I'd be afraid of it hurting her career.

teamcharlie:
I suppose my real question-behind-the-question is this: could you imagine Daisy Ridley punching a conscious, non-restrained, aware grown man to death? If not, she's probably not going to make a good Lara Croft, because that's regularly something Lara Croft has to do.

Whilst I only played a couple of hours of Rise (I was disappointed by the start, at least. I'll restart it after a couple of other games), I don't actually remember a single moment of Lara punching a man to death in any of the TR's... I mean, I skipped the naff ones (dropped out at TR3, got back to TR with Legend), but still.

She's traditionally known for using athletic abilities plus firearms to deal with the vast majority of threats. And in the reboot she either uses firearms, tools to choke people with, rocks, and climbing axes - none of which someone of nu-Lara or Daisy's frame would be precluded from doing.

And I suppose that's my problem with a lot of recent action movie heroines: very few of them look like they could even beat up a regular guy who goes to a Krav class every week at the local gym, let alone a trained killer. (yes, except the actual MMA ladies who are fully qualified for those roles. See: Angel from Deadpool for a great example of somebody who could absolutely rock out the Lara Croft role).

I agree for the most part, and that goes for male actors too. But the demands for training up decent actors to also pull off very physical roles are usually just too great versus production schedules and wotnot. And yeah, whilst I've not seen Deadpool yet, Gina Carrano rocks - physically. As an actress? In Haywire she was okay, but her lifelong craft clearly isn't acting, just as most actors lifelong pursuits aren't martial arts or combat training.

I'll end with a question to you: would you seriously cast someone like Gina in the role of current, origins-Lara?

Politrukk:
At least this will show if she's at least a decent actress.

I mean her performance in Star Wars was heavily coloured by perspective.

Eh, while her character was probably(unless they're doing some really tricky shit with her later character arcs which given the whole lightsaber flashback bit very well might be the case) just a Mary-Sue, her acting given the material certainly wasn't bad. Certainly superior to anything Christiansen put out. So she's anything from decent to good. Unfortunately, a Tomb Raider movie is unlikely to get her a better director or a better script.

Darth Rosenberg:
I'll end with a question to you: would you seriously cast someone like Gina [Carano] in the role of current, origins-Lara?

Jean-Claude Van Damme made some fantastic action movies and he's hardly the world's most talented actor. So, yes. I would absolutely cast Gina Carano in pretty much any role that calls for a woman who can believably punch out a grown man, especially because I am beyond tired of seeing a panoply of iterations of the same 19-year-old white waif with good skin play literally every female role in Hollywood.

See: Shailene Woodley, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Gal Godot, etc. There are other body types. There are tens of thousands of talented actresses in Hollywood of almost every body type practically dying to play a role in a movie. Let them!

So... It's going to be both a prequel AND a reboot, then?

Other than that, I'll probably see it in theaters the same way I didn't see Prince of Persia in theaters...

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