6:52 pm - 06/13/2013

Who Should Play Lara Croft?

Around three months ago MGM acquired the rights to the Tomb Raider franchise and partnered with GK Films to launch a new film series based on the character of Lara Croft.  The two Angelina Jolie movies were modest hits at the time that featured great casting in the main role but were ultimately lame, cheesy and completely forgettable action movies that never elevated the material.  We don’t know anything about the direction they’re headed in for this new movie but if they’re smart and are basing it off of recent character reboots then they will go with a much more serious tone in their origin story.  The recent Lara Croft: Tomb Raider game did just that and gave us the coming of age tale of the character that focused on her growth as an ambitious but unproven woman to the hero we all remember.  They also drastically changed the character design from an at times comically busty beauty to a leaner, more athletic look that makes sense for what she’s physically accomplishing in the game.


She’s vulnerable, she’s scared and she doesn’t always make the right decision but it ultimately helps shape her into the rock solid hero we know by the end of the game.  If this movie truly wants to exceed on multiple levels then it should follow this game as a blueprint and try to capture the tone and characterization of the character in their big screen origin story.  Here are some actresses that I think could potentially nail down the role of Lara Croft in an ambitious reboot:

Jaimie Alexander
Jaimie is my dream choice and someone I thought about as Lara Croft from the moment she turned up on screen as Sif in 2011′s Thor.  She’s struggled through various TV shows up until her big break from Marvel and I think she’s ready to step into the spotlight as the star of her own movie.  She has the brains, the toughness, the look and the acting chops to play a character of this magnitude and I’d love to see her on the screen kicking ass again.

Evangeline Lilly
The moment I saw the issue of Game Informer with the new look Lara Croft on the cover my mind immediately went to Evangeline Lilly.  She was the runaway muscle on LOST and is a fierce actress with more then her fair share of fight scenes from that series.  She had a small role in The Hurt Locker but looks to break out later this year as the elf warrior Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  I think she’d be a really solid choice for a Tomb Raider reboot and could knock that performance out of the park.

Felicity Jones
There’s just something about Felicity Jones that makes me think of the recent Lara Croft character whenever I see or hear her speak in interviews.  She’s another up and comer that burst onto the mainstream at the same time as Alexander and the combination of her talent and looks is another recipe for a potential Tomb Raider portrayal.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

A beauty from Oxford, Gugu has appeared in numerous UK TV series including a brief run on Doctor Who and more recently the NBC series Undercovers for American audiences.  If the studio wants to go with a complete unknown then I think she could potentially bring the right tone and balance to the character of Lara Croft with a combination of skill and beauty.

The Voice of Lara Croft: Camilla Luddington
Well hey if they’re gonna use the game as a blue-print for the movie and reboot it exactly as we saw on gaming platforms then why not go for the actress who voiced Lara Croft?  Camilla became Lara Croft through that story and her voice acting was excellent enough that I bought every emotion she was selling.   She’s not just a voice either as she’s done acting work on major TV shows like True Blood, Grey’s Anatomy and Californication so she has enough experience in front of the camera to get it done.
So those are my choices for the new Lara Croft and I’ve seen names like Emily Blunt, Gemma Arterton, Kaya Scodelario and Mary Elizabeth-Winstead that could all possibly work as a Lara Croft for the new age as well. Regardless of who they choose I’m only on board with this reboot if they stick close to the gritty, realistic tone of the 2012 hit game and give us a worthy heroine for a new generation of movie fans.

and 3 More at the Source

I'd love to see my Queen Gemma get the role, provided it's actually a good script.
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goodssky 14th-Jun-2013 10:45 am (UTC)
shangman 13th-Jun-2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
Still think that Jessica Brown Findlay has the look + poshness down, although not sure how good of an actress she is, she's usually very fragile

_pinkpornstar_ 13th-Jun-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
have you seen Albatross?
shangman 13th-Jun-2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
nope I've only seen her in Downton Abbey, Misfits and Black Mirror.
pink_maid 13th-Jun-2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
oo she's hot
hera_bearrra 13th-Jun-2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
She sort of looks like Camilla Luddington
irl83 13th-Jun-2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
The new game was amazing. I absolutely loved it!  I also enjoyed both Angelina movies. 
fauxjoy 14th-Jun-2013 12:15 am (UTC)
Me too! Though the constant and often forced quick-time events bored me. Every big moment required nothing from me but the ability to mash a few buttons in the correct order.
irl83 14th-Jun-2013 12:54 am (UTC)
That is true.  However, the last few games haven't been great and this one had me hooked. I couldn't put it down. They were probably worried that if they made it too difficult, people would completely leave the franchise. They came back in a big way and I pray they keep up this momentum for the follow up. 
ferniinberlin 13th-Jun-2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
Tatiana Maslany can play EVERYTHING.
dothecrunge 13th-Jun-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
shangman 13th-Jun-2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
her english accent is really shady

although otherwise she is flawless
famenig 14th-Jun-2013 12:29 pm (UTC)
Agree with you
_pinkpornstar_ 13th-Jun-2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
Other choices from the site:
Hayley Atwell,
Allison Williams
Jessica Brown-Findlay
lostinshalott 13th-Jun-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
yesss Hayley Atwell could totally do it!
tankmachine 13th-Jun-2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
Allison Williams for the movie version of Wonder Break mebbe
blue_birds 13th-Jun-2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
I could see Hayley doing it.
ttuppence 13th-Jun-2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
agatharuncible 13th-Jun-2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
I can see Hayley being great at it! and maybe Jessica, idk.
hera_bearrra 13th-Jun-2013 11:52 pm (UTC)
LOL @ Allison Williams
amandathings 14th-Jun-2013 12:31 am (UTC)
don't forget me*

lmao I would kill to play recent Lara. That would be my dream, I think.
Anonymous 13th-Jun-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
Megan Fox obviously
smnp 13th-Jun-2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
greenfairy_87 13th-Jun-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
Hell yes to Jamie. Olivia Wilde could also get it.
dothecrunge 13th-Jun-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
neverhft 13th-Jun-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
no one if they include her almost rape in the movie...
_pinkpornstar_ 13th-Jun-2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
ew what?!
neverhft 13th-Jun-2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
I just thought it was stupid and unnecessary, like they had other female captives that they were just holding prisoner, but as soon as lara gets caught too, the guy just has to rape her, it just seemed like a cheap ploy to make her story more intense and was inconsistent with what was already going on

Edited at 2013-06-13 11:12 pm (UTC)
jacomus 13th-Jun-2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
That didn't happen though. It was implied that the guy trying to capture her harasses and intimidates her, yes, but there is no rape scene in that game. I think that idiot developer said some dumb shit on the topic before the game was released and it misled a lot of people.

And I'm not excusing the game entirely. The excessive 'torture porn' was nagl.
amandathings 14th-Jun-2013 12:33 am (UTC)
There was no almost rape. The guy was a sadist who got a rise out of her fear before his intention to kill her.

Huge overreaction and bad publicity is what that was.
lostinshalott 13th-Jun-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
I've just ordered this!
beatofmy_drum 14th-Jun-2013 04:55 am (UTC)
I love this game! It's so intense!
larsvontrier 13th-Jun-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
No one. Fuck off with the remakes.
_pinkpornstar_ 13th-Jun-2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
Is it really a remake though if they're both based on the game? Wouldn't they just be different adaptations?
masterofmystery 14th-Jun-2013 12:07 am (UTC)
you are correct
nicolesaid_uck 13th-Jun-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
Jennifer Lawrence tbh
alethaweapon 13th-Jun-2013 11:08 pm (UTC)
I could see this.
_pinkpornstar_ 13th-Jun-2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
themysterion 13th-Jun-2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
Fuck no
studcake 14th-Jun-2013 12:38 am (UTC)
ugh no
tankmachine 13th-Jun-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
Alyssa Edwards imo

nicolesaid_uck 13th-Jun-2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
blueboatdreams 13th-Jun-2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
amandathings 14th-Jun-2013 12:38 am (UTC)
Is this a real person or a 3D model from dA?
turbochikens 14th-Jun-2013 06:18 am (UTC)
Yes! I would watch this 1000 times
spartacus 13th-Jun-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
"Evangeline Lilly"


_pinkpornstar_ 13th-Jun-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
I know she's not the best actress but I'd love to see Katie McGrath give it a go
lostinshalott 13th-Jun-2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
I loveeee her
lanavis 13th-Jun-2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
Slaying all your faves.
m_pendulum 13th-Jun-2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
You know what, she could pull it off. I think she could be action girl enough.
bellwetherr 14th-Jun-2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
Definitely better as action girl than period pierce girl.
ttuppence 13th-Jun-2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
Yup. Love Katie.
agatharuncible 13th-Jun-2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
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