The producer of the Tomb Raider reboot reveals why an Angelina Jolie cameo was never considered. Lara Croft became an instant gaming icon after the release of Tomb Raider in 1996, and a series of sequels quickly followed. The character became such a success it was only a matter of time before a movie version arrived, with Angelina Jolie being picked for the role over candidates like Sandra Bullock and Denise Richards.
Jolie received great reviews for her spirited turn, though many felt Lara Croft: Tomb Raider itself was a dud. Jolie returned for the 2003 sequel The Cradle Of Life, which again received weak reviews and suffered a dip in box-office from the original. Rumors of a third movie came to nothing, with Jolie reportedly being keen to move on from the series. After nearly a 15-year gap Lara Croft finally returns to the big screen with this weekend's Tomb Raider, with Alicia Vikander inheriting the role.
The new Tomb Raider is based on the 2013 video game reboot, which introduced a more grounded take on Lara. While the movie is drawing mixed reviews, Vikander is being praised for her performance. While many probably expected Jolie wouldn't be making any kind of appearance, producer Graham King explained to Cinema Blend that while the studio inquired about one, it would have been too distracting:
It was never a story that had that moment where you could, you know what I mean? Pass the baton over. There wasn't that kind of tone and that would've changed tones to have that... the studios of course, said 'Is there a way to get Angie? Should we try and have her kind of baton over this kind of thing?' And I understand it for marketing and studios or whatever, but that never felt organic to our film. Something like that can tip the balance.
The filmmakers definitely made the right call, since any kind of Jolie cameo would have jarred with the tone of the new movie, and at best would have been seen as fan pandering. The actress herself probably would have turned the role down anyway, since she's currently focused on directing over acting.
A Tomb Raider sequel will likely depend on how the movie performs this weekend, though the film certainly leaves itself open for more adventures. This week also saw the announcement of Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, the third entry in the rebooted game series. The new title is pitching itself as the end of Lara's origin story. The writer of the 2013 reboot game, Rhianna Pratchett, also revealed recently that she would love to see a future game feature an older take on Lara, and explore the storytelling potential of an aging adventurer.
Source: Cinema Blend
- Tomb Raider (2018) release date: Mar 16, 2018