Do We Need a New Tomb Raider Movie?
Ever since the young British actress Daisy Ridley played the role of Rey in the latest Star Wars movie, her rating on the fame-o-meter is through the roof. She is, after all, technically the first woman in a leading role to have her movie earn over 2 billion dollars, outpacing the previous record of Jennifer Lawrence in her role of Katniss in Hunger Games.
Well, now that a Tomb Raider reboot appears finally ready to go ahead, Ridley has caught their attention as a possible Lara Croft. A source said: “Tomb Raider is becoming a reality. Bosses see Daisy as a potential Lara due to her athletic skills and Brit accent.” According to reports, the movie is going to be an adaptation of the 2013 Tomb Raider game, which is itself a reboot of the video game series. (Insert comment about life imitating art.)
The plot of the game is as follows: Lara Croft, an aspiring explorer is on the island of Yamatai, where she is being hunted down by a malevolent cult while attempting to save her friends. The cult, the Solari Brotherhood, aim to revive their goddess Himiko, by putting her soul into the body of Sam, Lara’s friend. Since her spirit is still trapped, she is angry and creating storms around the island, keeping anyone from getting off it. Many of Lara’s friends and companions die during the mission to rescue Sam. However, Lara manages to get it done in the end, by destroying the remains of Himiko’s previous vessel. As this is a reboot, it also serves as an origin story and follows a young Lara who is not yet the badass explorer and adventurer of the previous games and movies. Over the course of the game, she grows into the role, even gaining her signature weapons, the two pistols she uses in every game.
Will Ridley be chosen as the new Lara Croft? Will she be able to surpass the previous Lara played by Angelina Jolie? We’ll just have to wait and see.