With how fast news travels, it is already old news that Warner Brothers has acquired the film rights to the Lara Croft Tomb Raider video game franchise. The WB has confirmed that their plans will ignore the past two Angelina Jolie Croft films and they will relaunch and completely overhaul the franchise’s film series. Personally I think this is awesome news. Even though Jolie was perfect for the artifact-collecting beauty, the films were sub-par at best. A fresh approach and series is just what they need. And that is going to start with a new actress.
E! Online is reporting that Megan Fox (Transformers) is a front runner for the role, while Ain’t It Cool News is pushing for Rhona Mitra (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) to take over for Jolie. Megan Fox is a fan favorite and the role could push her into superstar status (not that she isn’t seen that way already by teenage boys world wide). Mitra would be an interesting choice for the role. AICN reports that she was the original inspiration for the video game version of Lara, which means she fits the part physically and with Doomsday and an Underworld sequel under her belt, she has shown that she can handle the action.
Personally, neither Fox or Mitra would be my number one choice for the role. I’d much rather see Mila Kunis as Lara Croft. Kunis has the right amount of attitude and hotness for Croft, and she has also proven her place in the video game action genre (Max Payne).
What do you think? Who would you like to see take over as Lara Croft?