BWW Asks: Who Should Play Lara Croft in the Upcoming TOMB RAIDER Reboot?

March 28
6:23 2013

BWW Asks: Who Should Play Lara Croft in the Upcoming TOMB RAIDER Reboot?
It's hard to keep a busty, dual-pistol wielding heroine down.

Lara Croft has proven she's back on top of every ancient secret, conspiracy, and video game bestseller list with the recent release of Square Enix's TOMB RAIDER reboot. On the heels of yesterday's announcement that MGM had scooped up the rights to a younger Ms. Croft and her archaelogical adventures, with the intent to reboot the film franchise 'immediately,' BWW poises a question: just which actress should take on the iconic role of Lara Croft?

Angelina Jolie played Lara in the first two films in 2001 and 2003. The most recent video game, which went back to the roots of Croft, found the young adventurer as a 21-year-old university grad, shipwrecked on what might be the most nutso island since that whole LOST fiasco. Naturally, Jolie might be a bit too old to raid some tombs at this point (and, you know, play a 21-year-old.) Besides, it seems even more far-fetched that she'd even be willing to return to the series. She's got babies to raise after all.

GK Films had previously acquired the Tomb Raider rights in 2011 from Square Enix, and rumors naturally arose that Jolie's look-a-like, Megan Fox, would be taking on the role. But God, please, no. I can't be the only one to think this would just be plain awful. Perhaps, had developers kept Croft as a sexualized beast-killing centerspread with a 12" waist, then Fox might have worked. But the Lara gamers got in the reboot was intelligent, human, and naturally proportioned.

The internet favorite, is of course, Camilla Luddington, the British actress who did the motion capture and voice work for the recent TOMB RAIDER video game. She's currently starring on Shonda Rhimes' medical drama GREY'S ANATOMY. Luddington would be an admirable choice - but is she a realistic one? No way. Her name doesn't have the clout to carry the TOMB RAIDER franchise, and it seems questionable for execs to go the totally unknown route with Ms. Croft.

They did cast Jolie last time, after all.

Other names being thrown around include Gemma Arterton of HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS and Emilia Clarke of GAME OF THRONES fame, currently starring on Broadway in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY's. Either seems to be a fitting choice to pick up Croft's now signature bow and arrow - proving they've got the moxy and ability to navigate the dangers of filming a big-budget blockbuster without losing the humanity behind their characters. On looks alone, both resemble the iconic Brit. Arterton has the classic Croft demeanor: the strong jaw, naturally gripping charisma. Clarke, on the other hand, may resemble the updated version of Croft more closely: young, seemingly innocent, but, as she's proven on THRONES, she can get exceedingly tough.

Of course, since Croft took a note from Katniss Everdeen in her latest adventure, bow, ponytail and all - many would suggest Jennifer Lawrence. But naturally, Lawrence isn't going to sign on to essentially star as this year's model of what's a very similar character. Or rather, this year's update of the last decade's model.

So what do you guys think? Which young actress has the emotional, physical, and naturally magnetic chops to portray the legendary Lara Croft?

Photos by: Jim Smeal/BEImages - David Fisher/Rex/Rex USA - Walter McBride

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Tyler Peterson Tyler is one of BroadwayWorld's lead News Desk Editors, covering breaking Broadway and theatre news daily. He received a pair of BAs in Public Relations and Creative Writing from Loyola University Chicago, while working part-time for BWW on evenings, weekends, and occasionally during classes. He has also been involved in the Chicago theatre industry, working in media relations and publicity with Margie Korshak, Inc.


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