Daisy Ridley in talks to star as Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider' reboot

By Wade Sheridan  |  March 11, 2016 at 7:04 AM
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LOS ANGELES, March 11 (UPI) -- Daisy Ridley is in talks to star as iconic video game archeologist Lara Croft in an upcoming Tomb Raider film reboot according to reports.

Deadline is reporting that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens star is on a short list of actresses being considered for the lead role in the film which producing partners Warner Bros. and MGM hope to put into production soon.

Lara Croft was famously portrayed by Angelina Jolie in 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and again in 2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

The character has appeared in a number of video games starting in 1996 on the original Playstation. Warner Bros. and MGM have reportedly been inspired by Square Enix's latest entry in the series which featured a younger, more realistic Lara Croft as she continues to explore the world in search for treasure much in the same vein as Indiana Jones.

Ridley is currently filming Star Wars: Episode VIII, with plans to executive produce an upcoming documentary, The Eagle Huntress.

On Wednesday, the actress took to social media to respond to body shamers who were claiming she was setting "unrealistic expectations" for young girls with her slim frame in The Force Awakens. "I will not apologize for how I look, what I say and how I live my life cause what's happening inside is much more important anyway and I am striving to be the best version of myself, even if I stumble along the way," she wrote on Instagram.

"For anyone who has a problem with anyone in life, be them someone you know or someone you don't, remember that expression, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all," she continued.

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