Megan Fox, the starlet who adds femme power to the Transformers franchise, is a popular name bandied about to take over Angeline Jolie's role of adventurer Lara Croft in a proposed Tomb Raider reboot.
And there's no doubt Croft's spandex shorts, pistols and boots would suit Fox.
Alas, the comely brunette actress denied that she is officially connected to the role, speaking after a press conference for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen last week in Beverly Hills, Calif. Fox told a cluster of reporters that it's a complete rumor. No one has offered her the role of Lara Croft or even spoken to her about it.
When Jolie was first cast as the video-game explorer, she so inhabited the role of the English-aristocrat-turned-kick-ass-archaeologist that it helped drive the first Lara Croft: Tomb Raider to a $47.8 million opening and a domestic gross of more than $131 million, spawning a franchise. Then Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life grossed only $65.7 million domestically and disappeared. Was it sequelitis or that unflattering winter garb?
Jolie recovered nicely from Lara Croft, going on to kick butt in Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Wanted. But the impression she made on Tomb Raider is so great that Fox is too daunted even to consider an offer. But really, there's no offer. It's just a rumor.
"I think that's a role that Angelina Jolie mastered, and I would never attempt to take that over from her," Fox said.