Hayley Atwell Wants to Play Lara Croft in the ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot

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GK Films has been holding the rights to a cinematic Tomb Raider reboot for a couple years now and, at one point, even had Oscar-nominated screenwriters Mark Fergus and Haw Ostby – who collaborated on the scripts for Children of Men, Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens – working on an origin story that would take the form of an intriguing adventure/mystery and establish Lara Croft alongside such film heroines as Ellen Ripley (Alien) and Sarah Connor (Terminator) “in the pantheon of great female action heroes.”

The movie reboot has shown new signs of life, following Square Ennix’s relaunch of the Tomb Raider video game franchise, and is now back in active development thanks to MGM teaming with GK Films and picking up the distribution rights. So, now’s as good a time as ever for actresses to start throwing their hats into the ring for consideration, when it comes to casting the new Miss Croft.

We’ve heard that GK Films is working closely alongside game developer Crystal Dynamics on the Tomb Raider reboot, which suggests the movie could carry-over material from its game counterpart. That approach includes showing Lara Croft as a 21-year old untrained and inexperienced scholar, whose adventure for survival – after she ends up ship-wrecked on an island full of savage cultists – shapes her into a fearless and hard-boiled warrior gal. However, there’s wiggle room, in terms of matters like the age of the actress who plays the character onscreen.

Tomb Raider Reboot Hayley Atwell Wants to Play Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider Reboot

Hayley Atwell, who reprises as Peggy Carter in next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, has express her interest in playing Lara Croft by re-Tweeting the comments from supportive fans who are rooting for her to secure the role (you can see the collection over at CBM). People like Megan Fox (Ninja Turtles) and Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) have been mentioned in the Lara Croft conversation before, but Atwell seems to be the first to publicly express interest in the role – and not be rumored it, just because she looks the part.

Interestingly, Angelina Jolie was younger than any of the aforementioned actresses when she headlined the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie “way” back in 2001; then again, if 30-year old Henry Cavill can portray young Superman in Man of Steel (or 43-year old Robert Downey Jr. was acceptable as Tony Stark in Iron Man), there is no reason that 31-year old Atwell cannot work as fresh-faced and naïve Miss Croft.

Similarly, Sigourney Weaver was around that age when she appeared in Alien, and so was Rachel Weisz in 1999, when she played the scholarly, but unpracticed in the field, Evelyn Carnahan in The Mummy, and the new Lara Croft looks to follow a similar path of evolution as those two screen heroines, in the Tomb Raider reboot.

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Hayley Atwell in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

That’s to say: Atwell is a solid choice for the Lara Croft role, in part because we know she can play the battle-hardened type onscreen (after the first Captain America movie). Moreover, she doesn’t have that sculpted look of someone like Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6), which could make it difficult for her to believably pass as someone without much/any fighting experience.

This doesn’t mean Atwell is formally in the running for the role, but given that she has the support of fans – and seems to be legitimately interested – we could hear the actress’ name pop up in the Tomb Raider discussion again in the future.


Would you like Hayley Atwell to play Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot? What other actresses should be considered for the role? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Whoever it is she needs to be like the next Jennifer Lawrence. Good acting and the rest will follow.

    • Some people actually think the current Jennifer Lawrence is a good choice.

  2. I’d like to see those boobs on screen again. Bring it on.

    • Hey Ken J, why don’t you gimme a break and pick on this guy for a change?

  3. No. I want Jennifer Lawrence. But, bring in someone with TALENT. Lara Croft had that in this new reboot. She wasn’t an “Angelina” sex object. She was a real character. And I believe Jennifer, with her Hunger Games appearances, would do AMAZING as a convincing Lara Croft. All she would need to learn is how to speak British.

    • just for clarity you cannot speak british. so many accents in northern england alone, let alone when you factor in wales, scotland etc.

      lara has always been from rich english family so it will have to be a more refined and posh english accent. i did think AJ did a good job with the accent though, but most US actors do horrible accents like in the simpsons or family guy ;)

  4. I think that Jeniffer Lawrence would be perfect except for one thing.. she is already a really big star and has already gotten the image as a great actress and with a tomb raider movie you would want someone with some kind of experience but still have a fresh face.

    • Why?

  5. Jennifer Lawrence would be gold for the role but I also think she may be above it.

    A lot of the actors who play super heroes are great but generally in a position where their careers need a boost.

    Lawrence getting best actor was no fluke as some in the past have been so I fully expect her to be getting any role she wants.

    If that happened to be Wonder Woman then lucky us. Lawrence could certainly hold her own against all the guys.

  6. Call me crazy but I think Megan fox could slay this role with a little more acting lesson I think she could do it really well!!

    • She has the body, at least…

  7. I think the voice actor for the new video game would be awesome. (Camilla Luddington) also a better choice.

    • wow, she is quite fit actually. i think you might be on to something. the voice acting in the new game is superb and really adds to the atmosphere of the game.

  8. Dame Judy Dench for Tomb Raider….Well possibly not..

  9. Danica Patrick for Lara Croft

  10. why not have camilla luddington play as her in the movie

  11. Me!! Brit, 21, brunette, archaeologist, amateur actress…maybe a few more hours in the gym!
    On a serious note, I think Jennifer Lawrence would be awesome for the role
    if she hadnt already made such a big name for herself. Thoughts on felicity jones?

  12. Either her or Megan Fox, I want someone beautiful and hot to play Lara Croft… I know that sounds really pathetic but come on. Really? Who wouldn’t?

  13. No no NO NO NO!!!

    Hayley’s british heritage, female gender, and hair color are really the ONLY things she has in common with Lara Croft.

    Everyone’s suggesting actresses over 30 to play the part of a character who is around 21. This might work in other films, but not Tomb Raider. No one will buy that Hayley Atwell, Gemma Arterton, Megan Fox, Kate Beckinsale, or Olivia Wilde are fresh-out-of-college, inexperienced, 21-year-old budding adventurers. Jennifer Lawrence is already Katniss Everdeen, and Emma Watson doesn’t resemble Lara Croft in the slightest (actually, almost none of the aforementioned actresses really do).

    My first choice would be Jemima West. She is a young British/French actress on the rise, and certainly looks the part. My other top two choices would be the voice actress herself, Camilla Luddington (she looks young even though she’s over 30) and Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones (though she is really short).

  14. Camilla Luddington should be the only person on the list of possible candidates to play Lara.

    • Why? She doesn’t even remotely look the part.


    • Actually, that’s a pretty good choice. Though she has some big cheek dimples and a rather rounded face (though, so does Camilla), the good thing is she is the right age and she is British.

      Another good one I just stumbled across is Adelaide Kane, she is in the upcoming movie The Purge. Even though she is Australian (so she could probably still pull off the accent with a little work), she definitely looks like Lara and is the right age.

    • Too skinny. And gosh, she’s got a big head!

  16. It’s kind of funny how so many people are saying it’s important for the actress to be British. Yet when we were discussing who could play Captain America, anyone saying the actor needs to be American were made fun of… Odd…

    • Maybe because it’s possibly harder to impersonate a Brit than an American?

  17. Not sure if anyone has said Tracy Spiridakos from Revolution? I could see her as Lara Croft. Her character in Revolution is similar to Lara in the new game in that she has to toughen up rather quickly so she’s got that lol.
    Obviously there’s the accent thing but this is just my opinion so…yeah :)

    Although I read yesterday that they chose Vanessa Hudgens (whatever her name is)..not sure how I feel about that. Is it true?

  18. I’d rather have Gal Gadot for the role as Lara Croft.

  19. I’d rather have Gal Gadot to play the role as Lara Croft.

  20. Personally I’d like to see Camilla Luddington get the role she erally immersed herself in the role of playing Lara for the game and did a great job not just in voicing Lara but also literally playing her as she was also used as the Lara modelas she did all the motion capture for it too. Based on the interviews she’s done about it she actually enjoyed the experience I think and would relish taking on the movie version. Being a professional actress makes her valid for the role I think plus the fact she knows the character she is playing having alerady played it for the game I’m one who believes that if they’re qualified to doit for real what they did for the game why not give them that chance to shine and recerate it on screen

  21. Sophia bush!!!

  22. Sophia bush!!! che looks the part i think

  23. Adrianne Palicki would make a good choice for Lara Croft.

  24. Betty White. I would go see it. No but all seriousness. Atwell looks like she could pull off Lara Croft.

  25. Can’t believe you guys want Megan fox!!! She can’t act when speaking with her normal voice!! But you want her to play Laura with a British accent !!!Yeah no disaster there lol.

  26. Kate Beckinsale

    • …or even Milla Jovovich

  27. All these requests for Jennifer Lawrence shows that nobody is willing to look for something different. Piss on Lawrence and Hunger Games. I hate it when 11 year old kids get on these boards and suggest actors. Lynn Collins or Olivia Wilde FTW. Beckinsale would be good too. Actually just about anyone would fit the bill better than Lawrence or Fox. They’re nothing more than flavor of the month.

  28. Kaya Scodelario would make a great younger Lara croft. Shes English a really good actress and absolutely gorgeous and has the lara look i think

  29. This girl.