Tomb Raider gets new writer, director, spark of life

Lara Croft is preparing to return to the big screen, with director Roar Uthaug now attached to direct a new Tomb Raider. It will be Uthaug’s first English-language project, he’s best-known for his work on Norwegian disaster drama The Wave.

Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft

Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft

The new film – which has been in the planning stages for more than five years now – is a joint project between MGM and Warner Bros, and The Hollywood Reporter says the plan is to relaunch the franchise into cinemas, more than a decade after her first appearance.

Lara Croft first appeared on screen played by Angelina Jolie in 2001, a remarkably well-received video game tie-in film that spawned its own sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life in 2003.

This time around, the film is set to tell the story of Lara’s first adventure (we’re not yet sure if that’s the same adventure shown in the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot). Geneva Robertson-Dworet (co-writer on Transformers 5) is penning the screenplay, picking up the mantle from Evan Daugherty, Marti Noxon and Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby who have all tried their hand at the script.

No names have yet been attached to the key role of Ms Croft, but plenty have been thrown around wishlists. We like the sound of Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas) or Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia), but Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany and Divergent star Shailene Woodley wouldn’t be bad choices either.

While both Uthaug and Robertson-Dworet bring some pretty nifty (and slightly unusual) weight to the project, we’re still not 100% sure it’ll actually happen. Don’t hold your breath for the film – even if it does get made, it’ll still be a couple of years off.

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