Olivia Wilde as Tomb Raider’s New Lara Croft?

It’s been nearly two years since we last heard anything about the “Tomb Raider” reboot, and after such a long quiet spell, it doesn’t seem likely that the reboot will ever get, well, rebooted. That may have changed, if this report is to be believed.

According to the site TheFanCarpet, Olivia Wilde has been “tapped” as the new Lara Croft. Citing “a source close to the project”, the site writes:

This would be a far darker and more serious Tomb Raider movie, the idea is to get a top director and an intelligent script and make this an empowering character for women as well as a popular one with men. Olivia is just one of the names being suggested for the lead role. She would appear to be ideal.

The site goes on to say that Wilde’s turn in “Tron: Legacy” was what made studio bosses sit up and take notice of the lovely gal. Of course, a major co-lead role in Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys and Aliens” probably didn’t hurt, either.

True? Not true? Who knows, but a new Lara Croft is definitely needed if you’re going to reboot the franchise, since Angelina Jolie has moved on a long time ago. And if you had to replace Jolie, I suppose you could do a heck of a lot worst than Olivia Wilde.