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The next big female action role in Hollywood? It has to be the upcoming “Tomb Raider” reboot. Not only will the actress who lands that role get a prominent, featured gig, but they’d also be following in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie, and let’s face it, there are worse footsteps to be following than Ms. Jolie’s. Possible candidates include Olivia Wilde, who has already stated that she would be keen to do the movie if asked. Now “Thor’s” Jaimie Alexander is throwing her hat into the ring.
Speaking to Movieline, the actress, who plays the warrior “Sif” in Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor”, talks about her career up to this point, but eventually the conversation turned to “Tomb Raider”:
I would love to pursue Lara Croft. And the thing is, you know, I’m not going to try and be Angelina Jolie. She’s her own woman, and she did a fantastic job as Lara Croft. If that opportunity arises for me, then I would put my own spin on Lara Croft. There’s no way I would try and copy what she did. I think that’s a huge mistake with actors and actresses who are taking on a role that was previously done by someone else.
So how would her Lara Croft be different from Jolie’s?
She has her own sex appeal. She’s built very differently than I am. She’s her own woman. And I think that if you try to mimic that — if I was trying to pull off the exact way she said certain things and how she carried herself — then that’s not being me. That’s just copying another actor. Whereas you can look to other actors for inspiration, you should still maintain your own identity through a character. And that’s something I would love to tackle.
If Wilde is a bit too thin (as some believes), then Alexander would be about just right. At least from a physical, “tough” point of view. She certainly proved her toughness in “Thor”, even if I wasn’t exactly blown away by her performance. Not her fault, though; I thought the Warriors Three were mostly wasted in the movie, especially in the film’s second half.
So, Jaimie Alexander as Lara Croft? They could do worst.