The Tomb Raider video game franchise is a favorite among all gaming fans. Lara Croft has become one of the greatest female heroins of all time and is an icon in the gaming community. A few years back, we got 2 pretty decent Tomb Raider films starring Angelina Jolie. Jolie's performance was actually pretty good in my opinion and I think she was great as Lara Croft. Fast forward to today and there are plans for a brand new Tomb Raider film set to release in 2017 and we are still without an actress for the lead role. Which actresses could pull of Lara Croft with success?
I know exactly what you are thinking, "This guy has no idea what he is talking about! Really? Margot Robbie?" but hear me out. Does Margot Robbie posses what embodies Lara Croft appearance wise? No, but she brings such a strong presence on screen and her attitude would be perfect to play Lara Croft. Lara Croft is a strong and independent woman and Margot Robbie has played that role time in and time out. Robbie's acting range has really grown these past few years. After a stellar performance in Wolf of Wall Street, a role that garnered acclaim from the masses, Robbie went on to star in Focus opposite Will Smith. She may be a crazy pick, but I think she could do something awesome with the Tomb Raider franchise!
I don't think there is a more perfect actress to play Lara Croft than Camilla Luddington. Having actually voiced the character in the Tomb Raider video games, I think Luddington is absolutely made for the role. Her roles in Grey's Anatomy and Californication are where she really shined as an actress. Her roles have been slightly limited but inexperience doesn't always mean ineptitude. Luddington is basically a carbon copy of Lara Croft in recent Tomb Raider games and that alone should make her worthy of consideration. She obviously has the vocal talent to pull it off but I hope they actually give here a crack at the role.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunter star Gemma Arterton would bring maturity to the role of Lara Croft that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. Gemma Arterton is a bonafide bad-ass and could have an intensity about her that could really work well with the new Tomb Raider direction. I can definitely picture Arterton deep in the catacombs, dual wielding pistols and searching for treasure. I just seem to get this Lara Croft vibe from her but a really bad-ass Lara Croft vibe. If they plan on making this new Tomb Raider film loaded with action and intensity then I think that Gemma Arterton is the perfect actress to fill that role.