In 2001, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was released and was one of the most successful video game movies ever. The film was based on the the classic video game franchise and had Angelina Jolie as the lead. Starting from there the movie franchise would soar to new heights because of the first film, but unfortunately the sequel wasn't a success financially. Given that video game movies are heading to the big screen, and the recent success of the Tomb Raider reboot in 2013, MGM and Warner Bros. are bringing back Lara with a fresh new take with Roar Uthug (The Wave) attached to direct.
As of right now, no one has been cast to play the new Lara Croft, so finding the right leading lady is the biggest plan. Not a lot of people are familiar with the video games and the Lara Croft character. Lara is an English archaeologist, who loves to explore and is drawn to adventure, explores dangerous ruins, encounters the most dangerous people, and solves ancient-puzzles that are perfectly functional.
Deadline says producers have a name well known to audiences in consideration for the role of Lara Croft: Daisy Ridley who most moviegoers recognize from last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as the young protagonist Rey. Ridley is reportedly “one of a number of actresses being considered,” and Deadline says that the producers are still keeping their options wide open.This recent report doesn't mean that Ridley is officially in or that she has even been approached about the role. It is reported only that, “Conversations have taken place, this is still very early and there have been no official negotiations or offer yet.”
Tomb Raider's director has spoken about his love for the video game franchise stating that he's been a fan of the franchise since the first game came out in 1996, but is looking toward the recent rebooted version for much inspiration. Both the first released reboot and its sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider toned down Lara's sexuality and took a broader approach to her upbringings and her desire to explore more. That will really help this new rebooted film in a variety of ways. It will certainly fit Ridley and boost her status as a Hollywood leading lady.
There is no date set for Tomb Raider at the moment.