Since the mid ’90s, Lara Croft, the buxom, pistol-wielding adventuress at the center of the Tomb Raider franchise, has been a staple of gaming. The character has also been rather polarizing among critics. Some see her as a manifestation of the male gaze and an objectification of women in what remains to be a heavily male dominated industry. Others saw her as a a strong woman who wasn’t just getting by on her looks, who instead relied on her skills and ingenuity while seeking treasure around the world. Whichever side of this battle one may find themselves, you can’t deny that the character has maintained popularity for nearly twenty years. That popularity led to a pair of movies starring Angelina Jolie, released in the early 2000s. The films were mildly popular and grossed over $400 million combined.
Two years ago, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics rebooted the game franchise of Tomb Raider to bring a newer and more realistic twist to the franchise. Their new Lara was less like Jessica Rabbit and more grounded in the proportions of a real person, as well as given a more traumatizing origin to her courageous personality. While many bemoaned the dark and gritty reboot tag on the game, many were thankful to see the iconic character finally treated as a person instead of an object. It seems this sentiment has made its way to the big screen as well.
MGM has announced they will be launching a rebooted film franchise of Tomb Raider, and screenwriter Evan Daugherty (Divergent) has been attached to write the film. No other details have been released just yet, but MGM and Square Enix seems to be determined to get the film to production quickly. The only plot details known involve a younger Lara on her first adventure. This fits the bill of the most recent game as well, and so far we can only speculate how much of a similarity the film and the game will share. Could MGM seek to sign actress Camilla Luddington (pictured below), who voiced and modeled for the newest version of Lara, for the project?
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