Megan Fox has reportedly once again turned down the chance to play Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot, which we actually haven’t heard about since this time last year.

The funny thing is that this isn’t really news  – by my count Megan Fox has been denying Lara Croft rumors since they began early last year.

However, since those “official” movie trades have trouble keeping up with news like our wonderful blogosphere ;-), we shall discuss a bit (and look at some really pretty pictures).

We learned last summer that this Tomb Raider reboot is going to be a “realistic” origin story about how Lara Croft became the badass adventurer we all know and love (to look at). At that time we also saw Fox’s name once again resurface in the rumor mill (maybe she would change her mind?) but that was the last we heard of it.

Today Showbiz Spy is reporting the word of “a movie insider” who says:

“The offer has been on the table for Megan for a while but she’s reluctantly turned it down…She’s the logical choice to play Lara and she loves the character but the comparison with Angelina is too much. It looks like the movie will now star an unknown.”

So, it’s not that Megan Fox wants to be a serious dramatic actress instead of the typecast eye candy bombshell – it’s that she doesn’t want to be caught up in Angelina Jolie’s shadow? Has somebody explained to this girl that there are far worse things than being equated with a world-famous and award-winning actress who has her pick of both prestigious AND action star roles while also raising a massive U.N.-style family and occasionally saving the world?

But hey, I digress.

Hilariously enough, there is somebody vying for Megan Fox’s Lara Croft leftovers…none other than Clayface Heidi Montag. I wish this was an April Fool’s joke, but it’s not. Please bear with and check out what Heidi posted on her twitter page:

“I want to be blonde tomb raider, i’m better with guns then both Angelina and Megan fox put together!”

You know what, let’s stop there – this is making Screen Rant sound like a freaking gossip rag. On one level, I understand that this is all real, yet my brain just can’t accept it as anything but an April Fool’s prank that somehow leaked into reality.

The point is – Megan Fox: No on Lara Croft, no on Tomb Raider, no on being the next Angelina Jolie. She’s totally cool with Transformers 3, though. [Update: She’s not cool with Transformers 3 either…]

As for the fate of the Tomb Raider reboot? We’ll see if the studio really does approach an unknown, or if they get lazy and simply tap the next “hot girl” who can’t really act to come along.

By some miracle, maybe there’s another gorgeous actress with real acting chops they can get for the role of Lara Croft. Any suggestions?

Sources: US Magazine, Showbiz Spy