Iron Man writers rebooting Tomb Raider to tell us Lara's origin

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Dec 14, 2012

The last time Lara Croft was on the big screen, it was 2003 and she was played by Angelina Jolie. That was eight years ago, which in Hollywood means it's about time for a reboot—so the writers behind Iron Man and the highly underrated Children of Men are about to give Croft a much-needed makeover.

GK Films have got their hands on the Tomb Raider movie rights, and they plan on revamping the character and her origins. When you look at the video game, Croft is pretty much the female version of Indiana Jones. She searches the globe for rare artifacts, she has some cool weapons, and she usually wears a variation of the same outfit everywhere she goes.

Iron Man's Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby have been hired to write the screenplay that GK Films claims will have an "origin story for Lara Croft that solidifies her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes." Those are some big shoes to fill. What exactly do they have in mind for her?

Since they're focusing on her humble beginnings, a younger actress would be the way to go. A couple of months ago, we posted some possible candidates for the job, who included Olivia Wilde, Evan Rachel Wood, Mila Kunis and (of course) Summer Glau. But they could go even younger. What about Hailee Steinfeld or Chloe Moretz as a teenage Lara?

Unlike Indiana Jones, Croft's backstory hasn't been laid out on film before. The video games do touch on her childhood and her parents, and the first film gave us a vague idea of Croft's relationship with her dad, but nothing in detail. The possibilities are endless for this thing. Who knows? Fergus and Ostby could bring Tomb Raider back to its former glory.

No one's been cast in the reboot just yet, but the movie's still scheduled to hit theaters in 2013.