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Top 6 Actresses to Play Lara Croft

She has been the apple of many gamers’ eyes since the 90’s. Lara Croft’s short-shorts and ample assets have been the object of affection for gaming fans for years. After much deliberation and waiting, we recently learned that there had been some progress on the development of a reboot of the Tomb Raider films, but who will play the lead role?

In the 2001 and 2003 adaptations of the computer game, Angelina Jolie donned the gun belt to take on the role of Lara Croft. For the upcoming film, set for release in 2017, a number of young female actresses have been rumoured. Olivia Wilde was one of them, however, she quickly denied the claims. There were also rumours that Angelina Jolie wanted to reprise the role, however, these rumours were revealed as false.

Here are some of our top picks to take on the gun-toting, ponytail-whipping role:


6. Anne Hathaway

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Although her English accent in ”One Day” was a little hit and miss, there is no denying Anne Hathaway‘s charm and allure. Her portrayal of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises was exceptional, with many skills that are transferrable to the role of Lara, and she demonstrates an understanding of how to portray a feisty, sassy femme fatale. We have no doubt that she could pull off the upper class tone that comes with Lara, but can she effectively undertake the hardy, independent fighter that lies beneath the accent?

5. Saoirse Ronan

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Saoirse Ronan made her name in the period drama Atonement, however, since then her portrayal in films such as Hanna have shown she may be a viable candidate for the role of Lara Croft. Ronan has shown that she can get dirty and fight her own fight. The downside is that her characters always have an innocence, a vulnerability that may not be feasible for the strong character of Lara. In Hanna she could fight with the best of them, but there is always an underlying fear and anxiety. Is she strong enough to portray Lara? We are unsure.

4. Summer Glau

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Summer Glau is a firm favourite of many comic book and science-fiction fans, having played River in Firefly and Serenity, as well as taking on the lead role in The Sarah Connor Chronicles. There is no doubt that Glau can hold her own in terms of action, and she will definitely draw the crowds in terms of geek fan base. She can fight, she can portray attitude, but can she portray the aristocratic background of Lara? Can she effectively portray a British accent?

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