A few weeks ago, we learned that MGM had lost the rights to the Tomb Raider franchise after failing to get cameras rolling on a sequel. Now, Alicia Vikander is no longer set to continue playing Lara Croft as a bidding war ensues among studios for the right to reboot the video game property. With that comes a new lead star, but who should take over?
Well, Parcs and Recreation and Legion star Aubrey Plaza recently appeared on The Tonight Show and revealed that filmmaker Edgar Wright mistakenly believed she had been cast as the new Tomb Raider after seeing a shot of her in Emily the Criminal.
The actor has since spoken to Newsweek (via ActioNewz.com) and made it clear that she's 100% open to the idea of being the next Lara Croft. "Look, I have no idea what the future holds for me, but I love it," Plaza says. "It was so funny when [Wright] texted me that because I didn't realize how strikingly similar those photos are.
"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."
"I love action movies, and I don't discriminate against big movies or small movies," the actor continued. "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 badass."
While Plaza would be an unexpected choice, we have to believe she would be an awesome one as well. It's too soon to say who will be cast as the iconic adventurer, of course, but if this actor isn't on the radar of at least a few of those studios vying for the Tomb Raider right, then it would be a major mistake on their parts!
Who do you guys think should star in the Tomb Raider reboot?