Tomb Raider Re-boot Could Launch a Career

Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider by Crystal Dynamics

Following the success of Tomb Raider (2013) and sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015) video games, it’s time to make a new movie. The main character, Lara Croft, pursues a series of adventures heavily inspired by Indiana Jones.

The video game play involves a variety of locations, such as caves, mountain peaks, and glaciers from Syria to Siberia to England… and of course, tombs. Playing a Tomb Raider franchise video game would typically mean an adventurous journey full of collectibles that range from relics to ancient jewelry to tools, and documents that range from scrolls to murals to journal entries.

Lara Croft made her debut to the gaming world in 1996. The English archaeologist aristocrat moved to make her first movie in 2001 starring Angelina Jolie in what is still the most successful video game to movie cross-entertainment porting.

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In the current video game, Lara is brought to life by British actress Camilla Luddington, who provided the voice and motion-capture performance to deliver a more grounded and realistic take on the character.

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Daisy Ridley is one of a number of actresses being considered for the newest installment of the Tomb Raider franchise movies. Daisy Ridley has already been a newcomer to Hollywood. Daisy Ridley is already starring in a breakout action role.

Lara Croft is the selling point here so couldn’t someone new be introduced to play her? Camilla Luddington seems to be in position to take this franchise forward into movie making. Go find a new newcomer. Put some diversity in your diversity. Lara Croft is the selling point here so get someone new to play her.

Sigourney Weaver launched her career with Alien.

Shailene Woodley launched her career with Divergent.

Warner Bros. and MGM should not cast anyone that appears on the following list… do the right thing, big pieces of mega media corporations, and launch a new career…

Here is a lengthening list of female main character action heroes listed by actor and “breakout” movie, in no particular order… Any suggestions or feedback?

  • Milla Jovovich -- Resident Evil (2002)
  • Angelina Jolie -- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
  • Radha Mitchell -- Pitch Black (2000)
  • Sigourney Weaver -- Alien (1979)
  • Linda Hamilton -- The Terminator (1984)
  • Pam Grier -- Jackie Brown (1997)
  • Anne Parillaud -- La Femme Nikita (1990)
  • Bridget Fonda -- Point of No Return (1993)
  • Shailene Woodley -- Divergent (2014)
  • Jodie Foster -- Panic Room (2002)
  • Jennifer Connelly -- Labyrinth (1986)
  • Kristen Stewart -- Catch That Kid (2004)
  • Halle Berry -- Die Another Day (2002)
  • Kristanna Loken -- BloodRayne (2005)
  • Daisy Ridley -- Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Zoë Saldana -- Avatar (2009)
  • Raquel Welch -- Kansas City Bomber (1972)
  • Demi Moore -- G.I. Jane (1997)
  • Sandra Bullock -- Speed (1994)
  • Geena Davis -- The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
  • Laura Dern -- Jurassic Park (1993)
  • Kristy Swanson -- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
  • Lena Headey -- 300 (2006)
  • Summer Glau -- Serenity (2005)
  • Lori Petty -- Tank Girl (1995)
  • Helen Mirren -- RED (2010)
  • Hilary Swank -- The Next Karate Kid (1994)
  • JeeJa Yanin -- Chocolate (2008)
  • Juliette Lewis -- Natural Born Killers (1994)
  • Uma Thurman -- Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
  • Kate Beckinsale -- Underworld (2003)
  • Grace Jones -- Conan the Destroyer (1984)
  • Emily Browning -- Sucker Punch (2011)
  • Emily Blunt -- Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
  • Noomi Rapace -- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
  • Jessica Alba -- Paranoid (2000)
  • Rooney Mara -- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
  • Scarlett Johansson -- The Avengers (2012)
  • Keira Knightley -- King Arthur (2004)
  • Saoirse Ronan -- Hanna (2011)
  • Carrie Fisher -- Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
  • Carrie Anne Moss -- The Matrix (1999)
  • Alex Kingston -- Warrior Queen (2003)
  • Chloë Grace Moretz -- Kick-Ass (2010)
  • Charlize Theron -- Æon Flux (2005)
  • Natalie Portman -- Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Aya Ueto -- Azumi (2003)
  • Barbara Stanwyck -- Annie Oakley (1935)
  • Katharine Hepburn -- The African Queen (1951)
  • Jennifer Lawrence -- The Hunger Games (2012)
  • Jennifer Garner -- Elektra (2005)
  • Megan Fox -- Transformers (2007)
  • Lucy Liu -- Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
  • Zoë Bell -- Angel of Death (2009)
  • Michelle Yeoh -- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
  • Zhang Ziyi -- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
  • Gina Carano -- Haywire (2011)
  • Meiko Kaji -- Lady Snowblood (1973)
  • Jennifer Tilly -- Bound (1996)
  • Brigitte Nielsen -- Red Sonja (1985)

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