Back in 2013, ten years after the last Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider movie, we saw the first stirrings of activity in getting a movie reboot of Lara Croft and Tomb Raider off the ground. MGM and GK Films joined forces to shepherd the movie forward and former Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel writer Marti Noxon was brought on board to get the script into shape and it seemed like we had a good recipe for success in bringing back one of the modern female heroes to movie theaters. The announcement coincided with a reboot of the video game as well - with that series taking the character back to her origins and how she became the kind of badass that Angelina Jolie embodied. Then a couple years went by and very little was heard about the movie reboot project.
But not too long ago we finally got an update on the Tomb Raider movie reboot. Unfortunately it wasn't a casting or directing update - no confirmation or denial on rumors about Haley Atwell or Olivia Wilde getting the role of Lara Croft - but rather it was another writer getting hired to try and crack the script. This time Evan Daugherty was brought on board - writer of Snow White and the Huntsman, Divergent and one of many credited for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. And this time, the update did come with the additional note that the movie reboot of Tomb Raider would follow the games lead and also be an origin story for Lara Croft.
This means that the new Tomb Raider movie will likely be looking at young actresses to take over the Lara Croft role in the hopes of launching a long-lasting new series. Below are 5 of the best choices for the future of Tomb Raider and Lara Croft.
With the new Tomb Raider writer coming off the success of Divergent - the most obvious choice would be to take the star of that movie, Shailene Woodley, who has proven she's more than capable of running and jumping skills required to pull off a convincing Lara Croft and her fantastic performance in The Spectacular Now proves she has more than enough in the dramatic range department to play the globe trotting archaeologist.
Alexandra Daddario may be the best choice in capturing the iconic Lara Croft. The Texas Chainsaw and San Andreas actress has the hair, the piercing eyes and the, uh, figure of Lara Croft down to a T. If there's a successor to following in Angelina Jolie's footsteps, which is not an enviable position to be in, Alexandra Daddario could make the job look easy. Plus, she can handle her own against the force of nature that is Woody Harrelson in True Detective, so the odd wild animal attack should prove no problem.
After playing Maggie on the record breaking The Walking Dead for six seasons, it just feels right that Lauren Cohan should get the Hollywood promotion to Lara Croft - hey, look, she even has the same initials as the character. Think of all the money you would save on monograms! And after fighting back so many hordes of zombies, playing an archaeologist should be a walk in the park for her.
We all know that Lara Croft is a British archaeologist. Just because none of the previous choices are a Brit, doesn't mean I've forgotten this fact. Enter born and raised English lass Gemma Arterton. Let's not hold Prince of Persia and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters against her - in fact, let's admit that she was the best thing about those movies. And the latter certainly proved that she has the capabilities to be a convincing action star.
The star of Orphan Black, Tatiana Maslany has proven that she can do just about anything - including a convincing British accent. It's no wonder that she was in consideration for the Star Wars: Rogue One role that ended up going to Felicity Jones. But if Jones is right for the Star Wars gig - Tatiana Maslany has the tough as nails good for the role of Lara Croft Tomb Raider.
What do you think? Who did we leave out? Who would be your ideal casting choice to carry the Lara Croft torch after Angelina Jolie? Let your fan casting fanatic flag fly in the comments section below!