Ah, Lara Croft. Back in 1996 she was every Playstation owning eight year old's dream woman. I remember when some kid at school claimed to have the cheat code which made her clothes fall off. There was almost riots in the corridors. Since then she's changed a lot, her graphics have improved, her proportions have become a bit more believable, and of course she made the jump to the big screen.
Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics' have just released the latest Tomb Raider video game. They've decided to follow the now classic reboot tactic of giving the newest game in the series the same name as the very first one, so Lara's latest adventure's is also called Tomb Raider. But although the name is the same, not much else is. Tomb Raider will tell the origin story of Lara, showcasing her as a younger, more vulnerable heroine. This new development could also go on to have major consequences for the rumored upcoming film, also called Tomb Raider (confused yet?). Darrell Gallagher, head of studio at Crystal Dynamics told Variety:
They [GK Films] are working from this new take that we've given them. It's a good partnership. We're seeing the challenges through the same lens. It was important for both of us to have a cohesive version of the franchise. We didn't want to see a film version that was a continuation of the old 'Tomb Raider' films.
So it sounds like any new Tomb Raider film will also be featuring a younger Lara. Producer Graham King had previously told ComingSoon.net the new film will concern:
...the story before she became Lara Croft, so it is a character piece. It does have a lot of really great characters, but it's a lot of action and a lot of fun, and for me, it's something very different. I've not really done a movie like that before, but I really gravitated to rebooting this franchise and we're going to give it a shot.
So, that fact, combined with the claim the new movie will be a 'reboot' probably means , who played Lara in all the previous Tomb Raider movies, might be out of the role. Who could possibly fill her boots?
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