As soon as it was announced that Tomb Raider would be getting the reboot/remake treatment, we started compiling a list of people we thought would be perfect.
We have narrowed it down to 13 actresses of all ages that could be Lara Croft in the next Tomb Raider -- depending on what direction filmmakers decide to go, young or more experienced.
Those are some serious shoes to fill with Angelina Jolie originating the part on the big screen in 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. But, we have the supreme confidence that one of these 13 talents would knock it out of the park.
Click through and discover our choices for the 13 actresses who could be Lara Croft.
For fans of The Walking Dead, you are all too familiar with how the former farm girl turned zombie killer can kick ass. For those of you who might not know Lauren Cohan, the British actress has appeared in smaller roles in smaller films before getting her big break on the AMC smash hit. With the show only shooting a dozen or so episodes at a shot, she would have the time and lord knows she can nail the British accent of Lara Croft. She would make a most fascinating choice for the Tomb Raider reboot.
Emma Watson might be an odd choice. With her petite frame, maybe it might not be the name that pops right to mind when thinking of Lara Croft. But, if you look at the rebooted video game, she kind of has a likeness to that character. But after doing a ton of movies in one franchise, Harry Potter, we’re not sure she’d be ready to do another. Plus, she just agreed to be Belle in Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast.
For fans of Captain America: The First Avenger and now Agent Carter on TV, there can be no better choice to play Lara Croft than Hayley Atwell. She can do action with the best of them, and she’s British, so there’s that.
We think a fantastic choice would be Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters star Gemma Arterton. The woman can act circles around most of her contemporaries, but rarely gets the chance. What she showed in the Hansel & Gretel movie has us believing that they could do quite well with casting the also British Arterton.
Mila Kunis would be an out-of-the-box choice. Sure, she shares a hair color with Lara Croft, but that is probably it. She might be too short for the role, but who cares about that? She can do action, but the big question is, can she do an accent? Angelina Jolie killed it with her British accent in the first two Tomb Raider movies -- we’re just not so sure that Kunis can.
After retiring the franchise The Hunger Games, maybe Jennifer Lawrence would be willing to pick up that bow and arrow again to play Lara Croft. She does have that other franchise, X-Men, going forward and she might want to keep stretching her wings as an actress (like in roles that got her an Oscar -- Silver Linings Playbook -- and a subsequent Oscar nomination for American Hustle) which might keep her from saying yes. But, after seeing her in action, we know she would literally kill in the role.
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