Aubrey Plaza said she would be interested in playing the role of Lara Croft, now that the role will be recast whenever another Tomb Raider movie is made. The idea came up after her Scott Pilgrim vs. The World director Edger Wright mistook the poster of her film Emily the Criminal for a Tomb Raider reboot. The movie rights for Tomb Raider are now up for grabs after MGM never made a sequel to Alicia Vikander‘s 2018 film.
The main poster for Emily the Criminal features Plaza, 38. She is wearing a grey tank top, similar to the one Lara Croft is usually depicted wearing. During an interview with Newsweek, Plaza said she didn’t even realize the similarity until Wright texted her about it. “Emily is carrying a purse strap and Lara Croft has a gun holster; those are very different. It’s very weird and totally accidental, but I’ll take it,” Plaza said.
Although Plaza’s career has taken her down a different path, with darker movies than what she did on Parks and Recreation, she hasn’t starred in any big franchises yet. If the opportunity to star in Tomb Raider comes up, she might take it. “Look, I have no idea what the future holds for me, but I love it,” she told Newsweek of the idea.
“I love action movies, and I don’t discriminate against big movies or small movies,” she told the outlet. “I love all kinds of movies. I would love it if somehow that turned into a real thing, but who knows, I have no idea. That’s an iconic character. She’s the original bada—.”
Last year, Vikander was hoping to play Lara Croft in a sequel to her Tomb Raider movie. However, the COVID-19 pandemic postponed any immediate plans. In July, Vikander hinted that Amazon’s purchase of MGM put the project in limbo.
A few weeks later, there were reports that MGM had a greenlight for Tomb Raider 2 by May, but it never happened. The movie rights reverted back to Square Enix and Graham Kind’s GK Films. There is no confirmation yet if Vikander will be involved in any new Tomb Raider project.
The first actress to play Lara Croft on the screen was Angelina Jolie. She starred in the movies Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. The movies made a combined $423 million worldwide. In 2018, a new movie about Lara Croft was released, and it grossed $275 million worldwide.
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