Crystal Dynamics’ revamped Tomb Raider has hit the streets and the reviews have been flying high with praise. The fifth installment in the series has the player in control of a younger Lara Croft, showing us the journey of how she became the heroine seen in the previous games/films. Naturally, with such high praise from everyone, a film reboot looks to be on the horizon. Variety reports Darrell Gallagher, head of Crystal Dynamics, is working with GK Films to create a new Tomb Raider film. There might just be some hope that this reboot won’t suck since the game makers are working closely with the film makers:
They 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.
More often video game companies will sell the rights of their game to be made into a movie and then be done with it, but Crystal Dynamics is going to stick around to try to produce a movie worthy of the character. But who will play this new, younger Lara Croft, originally portrayed by Angelina Jolie? An unknown would work well, bringing a completely new face in to represent Lara Croft; but, if they were to go with a known actress, my top picks are as follows:
Jennifer Lawrence is a great actor, recently winning an Academy Award for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. We already know she can pull off the dark hair and the physical part of being a heroine as seen in The Hunger Games. Plus, she just seems like a cool person, so all in all I think she’d pull off Lara Croft without a hitch.
Summer Glau might technically be older than the young and innocent Lara Croft in the new video game, but her youthful look and bad ass attitude make her an excellent choice for the iconic character. She’s no stranger to kicking ass, having played a terminator in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and a highly trained killing machine in Serenity. But, can she do a British accent?
Speaking of accents, we’ve got a natural born-Brit, Emma Watson, with acting chops to spare and more than a little experience with portraying cross-media characters. She’s the right age, she’s beautiful, and she’s a hell of an actress, so all that would be needed is to dye her hair and let her loose.
Who else would be a good choice for this new, younger Lara Croft?
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