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

Published 2 years ago by

Hayley Atwell Captain America 2 Hayley Atwell Wants to Play Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider Reboot

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.

hayley atwell as peggy carter Hayley Atwell Wants to Play Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider Reboot

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!

Source: Hayley Atwell [via CBM]

Follow Sandy Schaefer on Twitter @feynmanguy
Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. How about Wonder Woman?

    • Yes Wonder Woman I could see but she has the wrong look for Lara Croft.

      • I agree, but probably for different reasons. I know I will get flak from this since people probably thinks she’s perfect because she has big breasts or whatever, but I was hoping for someone with a more athletic build to play Lara Croft. Don’t think Atwell looks the part, and skanky Angelina Jolie fits in a more campy adaptation of the older games, but I think a modern, serious take on the series the lead should look athletic enough to do the things Lara Croft does… Now don’t ask me who I have in mind, I actually can’t think of anyone off the top of my head that would be good for the role… Well, there was this one female boxer that I remember looked very feminine and cute still but had a crazy fit body, she would look awesome, but she probably cannot act anyway…

    • Why not Cammy Luddington? (VA and MOCAP for the most recent version of Lara Croft) She’s already played Kate Middleton.

  2. I still say lyndsy fonseca for Lara croft. I can’t help but see lyndsy Everytime I play the game. Think she’s perfect for it.

    • Lyndsy Fonseca would actually be a good idea she kicks alot of ass in nikita and shes pretty dam hot

      Not only she’s hot, she’s young, so can do a few TR movies and mould her just right. Only downfall is she not British (unsure if she can pull off the elegant accent like Camilla)
      That said…Camilla Luddington is also a great choice, being super hot and more importantly BRITISH (feel they shud go with a Brit like James Bond as it is an iconic British character) but not to sure if she would be able to convert her motion capture and ante up her acting for the big screen.

      • Yes I agree I’ve been saying her for a long time! She’s got the acting talent she’s got te body and look for it and she is a complete badass on Nikita. She could defenotly pull it off with flying colors. She can also play the innocent Lara perfect. Only downfall is she’s not British but honestly is probably be okay if se wasn’t British in the film but was being played by her.

        • Hopefully she gets speech lessons n learns the English accent then it’s aces!! I don’t mind the actress being Lara not being British. BUT the have to nail that accent (not like the poncy version angelina jolie did)
          But couldn’t agree anymore mate, the looks, the body, the acting. And she’s smoking hot which Lara should be ;)
          Hopefully she would be on the final shortlist.

          • Honestly she could probably pull off a good accent. She nails a Russian accent on nikia and also the French accents that she’s done in the past so she seems well rounded and versatile. Hopefully she’s in the running.

            Also I heard there’s a Facebook petition for her and that role if anyone is intrested. I’m not sure how those things work. Haven’t checked it out yet.

      • Have you seen Captain America? She can pull off an english accent perfectly.

        • Yes of course I love cap but Haley at well is wrong for tomb raider. IMO. Sticking with lyndsy fonseca as a dream cast. Hopefully she ends up in the running.

    • Hell yeah dude! She would be a great choice!

  3. How about Camilla Luddington for the role, since she did both the voice and performance capture for the game.

  4. God no. She was the worst part of Captain America, I could never see her as Lara.

    • And very much agree. I thought she wasn’t that great in Marvels C.A.T.F.A
      Very mediocre actress that can easily be replaced in my opinion.

    • The worst part of Captain America was the whole movie.

  5. Well, a Hayley Atwell as Lara Croft casting certainly stacks-up well, being a
    well-rounded choice certain to deliver jaw-dropping double-barreled images.

  6. An ok choice but my top three choices are still Olivia Wilde, Alexa Davalos, and Gemma Arterton for this role. Just keep Meagan Fox away from this project.

  7. She’d be perfect for Lara, her rack is HUGE and she has an accent.

    • Yeah, because a huge rack and the right accent is all it takes to be the “perfect” fit for a role [facepalm]

      • Yes

      • Better than a chick with no rack and no accent.

        • …true ;)


  9. I think Jenna Louis Coleman of the current “Doctor Who” would be a great choice for Lara.

  10. OK, let’s be “blunt.” Actually I’ll get to THAT later….

    Hayley Atwell, it goes w/out saying, is beautiful as she is talented but unfortunately is too old (she’s 31) for the role of Laura Croft . I can say that because I’m older than she is. But more to the point, we are talking about HOLLYWOOD, here.

    The Tomb Raider reboot and Paramount have the task of kicking off the series anew with the daunting challenge of raising the bar beyond an “Angelina Jolie.”

    Jolie was only 21 or 22 at the time of her tenure as Laura.

    But not only that: Laura Croft is a young girl in the game to begin with.

    My nominees would be Chloe Moretz or Vanessa Hudgens.

    We need a Wonder Woman movie MORE than a Tomb Raider flick! Could Hayley fit the role? Probably not.

    The casting of WW is a tough one. Gena Carano and Christina Hendricks have both indicated they would love to play WW. But I don’t think they will even have the chance.

    The only actresses I can think of are Emily Blunt or Gemma Arteton.

    • LARA, not Laura, thank you. Raising the bar beyond the Jolie-era is no challenge at all since the previous movies sucked ass full force. And as much as I like Chloe Moretz, she simply doesn’t fit the part: haven’t you noticed she lacks the mandatory boobies?

      • Uh…You forgot this is the reboot. Young Lara does NOT have “big boobs” heck she isn’t a sex object. She is an actual person with emotions who becomes intense as the island tries to swallow her up.

        If we could stop worrying about looks and go for acting then we would do amazingly well. I say get Camilla Luddington to play Lara. After all she used her body and voice for the game and she has already done acting before. I don’t see why she wouldn’t be up for this challenge.

        • + 100

        • Actual person? Dude, she’s a digital construct.

        • @David

          I don’t think there’s a single post here by bfg where the issue on the size of her chest isn’t brought up… I guess he’s at that time of his life where his hormones are kicking in… ;-)

          • At 39, I think it’s safe to say I’m way past that point, thank you. I’m not the one who’s taking virtual characters for actual persons. The thing is, we’re talking about Lara Croft here and like it or not, her cupsize is a trademark feature of the character, like Mario’s mustache or a Jedi’s lightsaber. Take it away and it’s not quite the same character anymore. Of course, they can always cheat with prosthetics but these just don’t bounce the same, hence are very noticeable on an action heroine. On the contrary, generous boobs are easily concealable if people insist on having a small-chested young Lara in the first movie, even though girls begin looking womanly younger and younger these days.

            Oh by the way, maybe you should read more carefully because I do talk about other issues than boobs. And honestly, is it my fault if people keep on inconsistently pick flat or small-chested actresses to impersonate a voluptuous character?

            • *inconsistently keep on picking

            • @bfg

              Yes, her “cup size” is what makes her who she is. Not that she’s an adventurer who can perform stunts to get past deadly puzzles in order to reap the treasures in elaborate tombs and a master of weapons to fight wild animals, hostile people, and monsters. It’s simply her cup size. Anyone will do, whether they can act or not, whether they are fit or not, as long as they have big knockers, that’s all that makes her character…


              I’m really glad you were not involved in the Tomb Raider reboot game, let me just say that much. That game seemed to focus a lot more on her as a character and less about satisfying drooling teenage boys, or full grown men who still haven’t matured… So that means it was actually worth playing, thank goodness…

              • Jeez, are you really that dense or are you trolling on purpose?! Where the hell did I say it was her only defining feature?

                • @bfg

                  Considering there’s probably like 1 or 2 posts made by you in the comments that don’t involve Lara’s breasts, I’d say it’s a pretty safe assumption. But I’ll answer your question with another question, I know people hate that, lol. But how many times have you completely rejected someone’s suggestion for an actress simply because of that one feature? No discussion about acting ability or anything…

                  • There’s no point in discussing the acting abilities of good actresses. Oh, and you make waaaaay too many assumptions. Stick to the facts, pal.

      • @ bfg666

        I will submit to you that the second film, “LARA Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life” was absolutely dreadful. However, the first one wasn’t that bad at all.

        Much of the credit of the success of that first film is not only due to the script and director Simon West, but Ms Jolie herself. (And HER boobies!)

        Thank you….

        • Maybe the first one isn’t that bad but it disappointed me anyway. I guess I just didn’t get on screen exactly the Lara Croft I loved in the games. Also, I never thought Lara looked even remotely like Fishface Jolie.

  11. Oh and if any of you have not tried the new Tomb Raider game, definitely try it out. It’s an excellent game, one of the best this year so far. Best played on the PC because they didn’t skimp on the graphics this time…

    • Ken j

      Definelty agree. I picked it up on the ps3 but it’s a damn great game. Played through it twice. Plan of playing it again haha the story is fantastic! And the character developments are greatly executed! Playing through reminded of how I felt playing trough among thieves and that is pure happiness. Haha

      • @the mighty avenger

        Yep, unfortunately the multiplayer kind of sucks, but oh well. The single player campaign was well worth it…

  12. I bet we see this movie made before Uncharted.

  13. I’m going to throw a few names out there. Jessica Biel and Hillary Swank. Not sure about Summer Glau, she’s flexible, but might be a little small?? I don’t know…

    • I think you can scratch Hillary Swank and Summer Glau. Lara is supposed to be a bombshell. Swank is just not that pretty and Glau is too weird-looking and clearly not busty enough.

      • @bfg666

        Not busty enough, yah, that sounds like a great reason. I’d rather her look top heavy than actually look like she can jump and catch a ledge without bouncing off because she has torpedos in front of her… /sarcasm

        You’re kind of right about Swank though, I don’t want to be mean and say she’s not “pretty” since beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I’m sure there are plenty of people that find her attractive, but I guess she doesn’t have the look they would be going for…

  14. I believe that Jennifer Lawrence should play as Lara in the re-booted Tomb Raider movie.

    • Agreed. Was about to post this. She pretty much wore the same outfit in that horror movie she just did and that’s the first thing I said when I saw her. She looks like the rebooted tomb raider in the game.

    • Too obvious. And she might want to avoid being locked in the role of THE tough action girl if she knows what’s good for her career’s sake.

  15. I don’t think she’ll make a good Lara action wise!!

  16. Great actress but as I’ve said since news of a possible movie reboot to match the game was announced, I’ve always said Camilla Luddington should do it.

  17. Emilia Clarke assuming she’s not too busy with Game of Thrones

    • It looks like someone punched her in the mouth and never stopped.

      • It looks like someone banged your head on the nursery’s wall and never stopped.

    • Great choice. I love Clarke. She’s beatiful and a great actress also. And if you have seen GOT you know she can play tough perfectly. Plus, she has the accent down pact.

  18. Put her in the gym for a while to get more athletic and she’ll be perfect! Unlike Jolie she doesn’t need padding for ‘DEM JUGGS!

  19. She definetly has the chest for it, ill say that much

  20. I’d gladly sit through two hours of Hayley Atwell in booty shorts and a soaked tank top.

  21. ugh. NEXT!

  22. God no.
    I don’t think that she has a very attractive face.
    Furthermore, they should cast someone, whith a gymnast-background that looks believable while doing all kinds of crazy athletic stuff.

  23. I approve of her interest. She’s so beautiful/hot, she could pull the role off no question.

  24. I like her but I wouldn’t cast her as a 21 year old woman in any film, let alone the all important reboot for one of my favourite female characters ever. Camilla Luddington should do it, the movie reboot is only happening because of the new game which she starred in, it would be harsh to pick someone else just because they’re a bigger name or more experienced.

    • That’s Hollywood, baby! Back when the first movie was still in pre-production, every fan of the games expected Rhona Mitra to continue impersonating Lara on screen, as she had been by far the most liked official Lara Croft model and had since become an actress. The thing with Camilla Luddington is that she doesn’t have Lara’s looks and figure.

  25. I think Alison Brie would be an awesome pick. She plays a funny, cute, quite role in Community, so it would be awesome to see her in a more hardened role of survival and adventure.

    • I wouldn’t want anyone with the name of a cheese to play Lara…

      • @bfg

        Oh, so big knockers and name not of cheese. Two great criteria for picking an actress for a movie. You really need to work as a casting director. All movies will be awesome if that happens… ;-)

        LOL, just messing with you man… :-D

        • I wasn’t expecting anyone to take this comment seriously.

          • @bfg

            I don’t really take much of anything too seriously, on the internet. Especially when someone’s boobs, knockers, door openers, are someone’s main focus for everything, lol. :-D

            • Though I do enjoy seeing beautiful women just like most men do, boobs are not my main focus for everything. A look at my comments on other posts should clarify that for you. You should keep in mind we’re talking about Lara Croft here. Would you like to see, say, a hairy Agent 47, or Nick Fury without the eyepatch? I know I wouldn’t, and the same goes for Lara. The fact is that her chest is one of her defining physical attributes. If she was an ugly bearded woman in the game, I would expect her to look the same in the movie. Is that clear now or do you need more explanations?

              • BTW, judging by your replies to my comments, I could easily say that it’s you who focus on boobs: you put aside everything I say that doesn’t involve mammaries.

  26. Atwell would make a great Lara however the film studio will want to cast a younger actress.
    The casting team should consider Marina Ann Hantzis for this role.

    • Haha, seriously??
      She should stick to what she can do best…. sucking cocks!

      • She stopped doing that some years ago.

    • Who is Marina…? OHHH!

  27. Dianna Agron is perfect for this role. She may not be an A-List, but she could knock this out.

  28. That sucks man, How long have you had this problem?

  29. LHow long have you had this problem?