When you're the star of the biggest movie in Hollywood history, you're probably going to become a screen icon pretty quickly. Star Wars: The Force Awakens only hit US theaters a few short months ago, but in that time, Daisy Ridley has already become one of the most popular actresses in the world. While Ridley and her co-stars will be locked up with the Star Wars franchise for the next few years, they're all going to receive countless offers for other major films and franchises. Unlike the original Star Wars trilogy (with the exception of Ford), I have a feeling that actors like John Boyega and Adam Driver will be around to stay, slowly becoming generational icons beyond the franchise. But in particular, I have faith that Ridley will become a megastar. She demonstrated her acting chops in TFA and I have a feeling that we'll be seeing her in a wide and diverse range of films for a very long time. No offers are on the table yet, but last week, there was an incredibly intriguing proposition at Deadline that could give Ridley her second major franchise.
According to the entertainment trade site, Ridley is one of the actresses under consideration for the role of Lara Croft in Warner Bros. and MGM's reboot of Tomb Raider. The role of Croft was originally played by Angelina Jolie in 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and its 2003 sequel. In the report, Deadline's Ali Jaafar states that Ridley is part of a large group of actresses who are all under consideration for this film and that no offer is on the table yet. But this only makes perfect sense. In fact, if Ridley takes the role of Lara Croft, there will be some extremely eerie parallels between Ridley's journey and the path that Harrison Ford took after his newfound Star Wars fame. Some seem to think that Ridley should avoid Tomb Raider because it's just too similar to her role as Rey, but I have to say that I disagree. She's a phenomenal actress and with this franchise providing the potential for another strong female character, this is nearly perfect casting. Why can't Ridley have her own Han Solo/Indiana Jones combo? Ridley's casting is still in the early stages of development, but I'm hoping that we hear much more about this soon.