It’s been official for a while now that the folks behind the “Tomb Raider” movie franchise are planning to reboot it with a younger heroine. (The first two movies, of course, starred Angelina Jolie as the British tomb raiding archeologist who seemed to spend more time fighting bad guys than actually, you know, all that archeologist stuff.)
But in case you still didn’t believe it, there’s an article in Variety about rebooting the character in the videogames, where she originally hailed. That game is simply titled “Tomb Raider” (it’s currently available now), which reboots the character as a 21-year old shipwrecked lass who must battle hazardous conditions and killer men on a mysterious island.
When it comes to the movies, Darrell Gallagher, head chief of Crystal Dynamics, the folks behind the Tomb Raider games, said as much about GK Films, the folks that will be rebooting the movies:
They are working from this new take that we’ve given them. It’s a good partnership. We’re seeing the challenges through the same lens… It was important for both of us to have a cohesive version of the franchise. We didn’t want to see a film version that was a continuation of the old ‘Tomb Raider’ films.
So there you have it. Even if the rebooted Tomb Raider movie doesn’t follow the storyline of the rebooted Tomb Raider game, you can bet that they’ll be going much younger with the role, so that means no more Angelina Jolie.
Of course, in Hollywood, “younger” can mean anything from a 30-year old playing a 21-year old, or an honest-to-goodness 21-year old playing a 21-year old. At the end of the day, it’s all about the casting — if you can get the right actress for the role, I don’t suppose it matters how old she actually is off-screen, right?