Warner Bros’ Tomb Raider reboot has been getting a lot of talk online lately, mainly due to the possibility of Star Wars star Daisy Ridley joining the project to portray the lead character, Lara Croft. Now it seems there might be even more good news related to this reboot, coming straight from Heroic Hollywood.
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Warner Bros. has a big slate of films that are scheduled to be released within the next few years, most of them being part of the DC Extended Universe with superhero solo films like Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Aquaman. There was, however, one scheduled release date that caught everyone’s curiosity, because the project slated for release was unknown. HH seems to suggest that WB’s October 6, 2017, release date is reserved for the Tomb Raider reboot. Many online readers and comic book fans had speculated that that release date belonged to another superhero movie, but if it does indeed belong to Lara Croft, this is just as exciting.
Umberto Gonzalez, co-host of Heroic Insider, gave some details on the rumor.
“The Wb event film slated for release on October 6, 2017 is, the rumor is, the Tomb Raider reboot. Warner’s recently registered a lot of licensing around the Tomb Raider reboot, which is seemingly getting retitled The Tomb Raider. There are rumors it may even be the October 6, 2017 event film, and screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet has delivered a final draft of her screenplay that producers like.”
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Umberto goes on to say that Warner Bros. is trying to work around Daisy Ridley’s Star Wars schedule, and would like to begin production on the film in the fall. This would mean that they would get the actress between her filming Episode 8 and Episode 9, planning to shoot for four months.
“I’m waiting for someone to say, ‘I want you, let’s do it,'” Ridley has said of the project. It is very possible that Warner Bros. has already secretly signed Ridley onto the project. Daisy Ridley has confirmed that she has indeed spoken with Warner Bros. about their Tomb Raider reboot, and she has been reported to be on the top list of actresses the studio has considered for the lead role. Even her Force Awakens co-star John Boyega thinks she is perfect for the part.
“I played Tomb Raider the game; it’s a new take and I think the movies are going to be based on that version,” Boyega told the Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
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The Tomb Raider video game that was released in early 2013 had quite a bit of anticipation prior to its release, with the project having been delayed. The game itself is very much a reboot of the series, with Lara Croft in the beginning of her action-adventurer explorer phase, as Lara is trying to save her friends while avoiding a malevolent cult. As of April 2015, the video game sold over 8.5 million copies, which makes it the best-selling entry in the Tomb Raider video game series.
Warner Bros. will more than likely turn this cinematic reboot into a franchise, and if Ridley does sign on, the young actress will be juggling two franchises. To go from filming Episode VIII, to jumping into another action-heavy franchise with Tomb Raider, then back to Episode XI is going to be a lot. These are just one of the many things Ridley will have to consider before accepting the role.
The Tomb Raider reboot, directed by Roar Uthaug, may or may not be hitting theaters on October 6, 2017. Then just one month later, Warner Bros. will release The Justice League Part One, on November 17.
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