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CAST THIS: Lara Croft

03.09.2011

Now that most superhero roles have been cast, it seems like Cast This columns are harder to come up with. But then this week, I get tons of news about various projects looking for leads, and I actually have to CHOOSE who to cover.

So, do you want to cast Wikileak's Julian Assange, Scorsese's Frank Sinatra or Tomb Raider's Lara Croft. Yeah, I thought so. The one with the boobs.

There is now movement on rebooting the TOMB RAIDER film franchise, as the games are currently undergoing a revamp as well. The key words are "dark" and "gritty" on that reboot naturally, so might we expect that from the film as well? Who will be our new archeological hardass LARA CROFT?

The original two movies may have been pretty lackluster, but I think you'll be hard pressed to find a better match than the original casting of Angelina Jolie in the role. The face, the rack, it all lined up perfectly with the character we knew and ogled over.

But rumor has it, Lara is going younger, and there's far less focus on her chest than there used to be. I'm all for the creation of a legitimate female action hero, as it's something we rarely if ever see these days, and this could be a great vehicle for a young ass-kicker to get herself out there.

You know what she looks like. Brunette with a banging bod, so which young actress do you think would be right for the part? It could be a well-known A-lister, but I'd try to pick someone who is an up-and-comer looking for a big break.

Last Time: LEX LUTHOR

Back to superhero land, last Cast This we tried to find who would play the likely-to-exist role of Lex Luthor in the upcoming SUPERMAN reboot that really, really needs a title at this point. Who'd you guys pick?

1. No Lex Luthor (11%) 2. Jon Hamm (9%) 3. Billy Zane (5%)

Well this is a first. The vote was split across a ton of actors, but the most popular comments were one requesting that Luthor not even been in the movie, as he's been in EVERY single one, and I guess you guys are sick of him. I would actually probably agree with this decision, and wouldn't mind if he didn't show up.

As for the other two? Superman contender Jon Hamm has actually played Luthor in a Funny or Die skit (seen above) and I could see him working. Billy Zane is bald so uh, that helps.

Alright, how about Lara Croft?

 

Extra Tidbit: It really is amazing what we used to drool over. I guess you take what you can get when you're ten.
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11:32AM on 03/16/2011
Gal Gadot. No contest.
Gal Gadot. No contest.
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8:53AM on 03/14/2011
Stephanie Szostak
I just watched her in Dinner For Schmucks and think she definitely has the look.
Stephanie Szostak
I just watched her in Dinner For Schmucks and think she definitely has the look.
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5:43PM on 03/13/2011
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9:26AM on 03/13/2011

Hot and Badass

Rhona Mitra could pull it off.
Rhona Mitra could pull it off.
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1:36PM on 03/13/2011
Been there done that
Been there done that
6:59PM on 03/11/2011
Ignore my bottom paragraph. My post got screwed up.
Ignore my bottom paragraph. My post got screwed up.
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6:58PM on 03/11/2011
If only Kate Beckinsale were a few years younger... she would have been perfect!

What about Natalie Portman? She's little, but maybe that would be a cool thing seeing a smaller gal kick butt with some bad-ass attitude.

She's an awesome actress who needs a big hit to jump start her career again. I know she's getting older, but she's the only actress I can think of who's a butt kicking hottie and also a great actress.
If only Kate Beckinsale were a few years younger... she would have been perfect!

What about Natalie Portman? She's little, but maybe that would be a cool thing seeing a smaller gal kick butt with some bad-ass attitude.

She's an awesome actress who needs a big hit to jump start her career again. I know she's getting older, but she's the only actress I can think of who's a butt kicking hottie and also a great actress.
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2:27AM on 03/11/2011
I think the only actress who can do lara croft justice (esp in the looks department) is jessica biel... someone give her more work!
I think the only actress who can do lara croft justice (esp in the looks department) is jessica biel... someone give her more work!
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2:26AM on 03/11/2011
I think the only actress who can do lara croft justice (esp in the looks department) is jessica biel... someone give her more work!
I think the only actress who can do lara croft justice (esp in the looks department) is jessica biel... someone give her more work!
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11:09PM on 03/10/2011
It's hard for me to think of anyone more fitting for this role than Rhona Mitra (who they should have gone with in the first place instead of Angelina).
It's hard for me to think of anyone more fitting for this role than Rhona Mitra (who they should have gone with in the first place instead of Angelina).
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10:55PM on 03/10/2011

Not big on the Lara Croft movie

But let me just toss in Eva Green and wait for the thumbs down...
But let me just toss in Eva Green and wait for the thumbs down...
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2:42PM on 03/10/2011
Olivia Wilde.
Olivia Wilde.
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9:06AM on 03/10/2011
Kate Mara. Cause she's beautiful and a fine actress, and her little sister's gettin all the good shit recently!
Kate Mara. Cause she's beautiful and a fine actress, and her little sister's gettin all the good shit recently!
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8:23AM on 03/10/2011

Best Choice:

Helena Bonham Carter, Melissa Leo or Helen Mirren.

Helena Bonham Carter, Melissa Leo or Helen Mirren.

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3:38PM on 03/10/2011
I'd be first in line to see it if they cast Helen Mirren.
I'd be first in line to see it if they cast Helen Mirren.
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8:22AM on 03/10/2011
I honestly think they should go with a no name, and seeing how (in rumor) this is going to be an origin story it would be good to get someone new. I don't know if any of you ever watched Kyle XY when it was on but there was a girl on a couple of episodes named Merritt Patterson I think she would be a good fit (look wise) for the role
I honestly think they should go with a no name, and seeing how (in rumor) this is going to be an origin story it would be good to get someone new. I don't know if any of you ever watched Kyle XY when it was on but there was a girl on a couple of episodes named Merritt Patterson I think she would be a good fit (look wise) for the role
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4:57AM on 03/10/2011

3 choices

Erica Durance, Megan Fox or Kristen Kreuk
Erica Durance, Megan Fox or Kristen Kreuk
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4:44AM on 03/10/2011
Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde
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2:27AM on 03/10/2011

Angelina Jolie was not Lara Croft

I don't agree with the author about Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft. (Especially looks-wise, as Jolie never really grabbed me as an in-your-face attractive actress).

I think someone like Kate Beckinsale, or Rhona Mitra would have been good picks for the original films. These women are fit, highly attractive (and still are), have played tough women, and can act. Too, as a Tomb Raider fan, Croft is supposed to be a physically perfect, exotic, white female as we see in the above picture.
I don't agree with the author about Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft. (Especially looks-wise, as Jolie never really grabbed me as an in-your-face attractive actress).

I think someone like Kate Beckinsale, or Rhona Mitra would have been good picks for the original films. These women are fit, highly attractive (and still are), have played tough women, and can act. Too, as a Tomb Raider fan, Croft is supposed to be a physically perfect, exotic, white female as we see in the above picture. Beckinsale and Mitra would have fit the bill.

On the other hand, I think Olivia Wilde will do a good job if she has a well-written script. She is also very, very beautiful, as we saw in Tron Legacy. (The only thing she lacks, in regards to Croft, are the huge boobs; however, that is where movie magic comes in).

Count this film, as another on my list to look forward to.
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12:23PM on 03/13/2011
I think Angelina was great and she can act rings around the rest of the girls you've mentioned plus she exudes sex appeal, altough am also a huge fan of beckinsale who is pretty perfect looking and also does action well :)
I think Angelina was great and she can act rings around the rest of the girls you've mentioned plus she exudes sex appeal, altough am also a huge fan of beckinsale who is pretty perfect looking and also does action well :)
2:25AM on 03/14/2011
i think i will agree with Dezert here in that i think Angelina Jolie embody the look for Lara Croft for that time..as for now....what about um 'female' starbuck? i forget her name but i think she would do nicely Katee Schakoff(sp?)
i think i will agree with Dezert here in that i think Angelina Jolie embody the look for Lara Croft for that time..as for now....what about um 'female' starbuck? i forget her name but i think she would do nicely Katee Schakoff(sp?)
8:07PM on 03/14/2011
@barryallen_thef and Dezbert-

Thank you for your replies.

I guess everyone has their likes and dislikes.

Jolie didn't embody Lara Croft for me, but--at the time--Rhona Mitra did.

The only time Jolie had any sex appeal for me was in Sky Captain...
@barryallen_thef and Dezbert-

Thank you for your replies.

I guess everyone has their likes and dislikes.

Jolie didn't embody Lara Croft for me, but--at the time--Rhona Mitra did.

The only time Jolie had any sex appeal for me was in Sky Captain...
1:45AM on 03/10/2011
Alexandra Daddario is hot, brunette, with a nice body and decent acting from what I've seen.

Olivia Wilde is overrated. She's not likeable and doesn't exactly have the body for it either.
Alexandra Daddario is hot, brunette, with a nice body and decent acting from what I've seen.

Olivia Wilde is overrated. She's not likeable and doesn't exactly have the body for it either.
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12:57AM on 03/10/2011
Kelly Brook!
Kelly Brook!
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12:22AM on 03/10/2011
Emily Browning
Emily Browning
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12:14AM on 03/10/2011
my vote goes to kelly brook, definately looks the part
my vote goes to kelly brook, definately looks the part
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11:37PM on 03/09/2011
MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ!
MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ!
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11:35PM on 03/09/2011
Go or an unknown with Lara

Skip Luthor, he's been done to death in features.

Unless Smallville can continue on to the big screen...
Go or an unknown with Lara

Skip Luthor, he's been done to death in features.

Unless Smallville can continue on to the big screen...
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11:27PM on 03/09/2011
Put me down for Erica Durance, shes a tough ass chick
Put me down for Erica Durance, shes a tough ass chick
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10:17PM on 03/09/2011
Eliza Dushku
Eliza Dushku
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10:13PM on 03/09/2011
Eliza Dushku
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9:24PM on 03/09/2011

Rhona Mitra

She already was a live action Lara for comicons early in her career, let her do it on the big screen!!

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She already was a live action Lara for comicons early in her career, let her do it on the big screen!!

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8:58PM on 03/09/2011

hey, Billy Zane is bald!

yea b/c that's who the studio wants playing a major role in their blockbuster in 2012, Billy Zane. People are awful at this.

also, who the hell even wants another Tomb Raider movie? find me 20 people in America who are itching for this, please.
yea b/c that's who the studio wants playing a major role in their blockbuster in 2012, Billy Zane. People are awful at this.

also, who the hell even wants another Tomb Raider movie? find me 20 people in America who are itching for this, please.
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8:31PM on 03/09/2011
After seeing the pictures of Olivia Wilde in the sweet ass get-up, I would pick her. Besides, I am sure she could pull it off.
After seeing the pictures of Olivia Wilde in the sweet ass get-up, I would pick her. Besides, I am sure she could pull it off.
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8:16PM on 03/09/2011

Wilde?

Really don't think she would be a good fit. I agree with Erica Durance tho, she has the look
Really don't think she would be a good fit. I agree with Erica Durance tho, she has the look
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7:51PM on 03/09/2011
Erica Durance from Smallville. Has the right body type and would be the right age if they're looking for a younger Lara. With smallville ending she'll have some free time as well.
Erica Durance from Smallville. Has the right body type and would be the right age if they're looking for a younger Lara. With smallville ending she'll have some free time as well.
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7:20PM on 03/09/2011
I'm gonna go with everyone else and Say Olivia Wilde. She has the look and the spunk. As far as the new Laura that everyone seems to be going for, I like the direction. A new, younger, more vulnerable Laura will make for a more interesting character. I am very curious about the game reboot. It'll be nice to see Laura as a more dynamic and fragile character.
I'm gonna go with everyone else and Say Olivia Wilde. She has the look and the spunk. As far as the new Laura that everyone seems to be going for, I like the direction. A new, younger, more vulnerable Laura will make for a more interesting character. I am very curious about the game reboot. It'll be nice to see Laura as a more dynamic and fragile character.
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7:06PM on 03/09/2011
Olivia Wilde or Kelly Brook. I'm down for whoever really but those are my picks.
Olivia Wilde or Kelly Brook. I'm down for whoever really but those are my picks.
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6:50PM on 03/09/2011
Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde
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5:59PM on 03/09/2011
Rhona Mitra all the way.
Rhona Mitra all the way.
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5:04PM on 03/09/2011

Olivia Wilde

so hot, so talented, kinda looks the part
so hot, so talented, kinda looks the part
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4:26PM on 03/09/2011
Erin Cummings
Erin Cummings
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4:16PM on 03/09/2011

Mila Kinus

Mila Kunis, though I doubt she'd do it.
Mila Kunis, though I doubt she'd do it.
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4:07PM on 03/09/2011
I'm going to cast a vote for Michelle Ryan. I liked her in Bionic Woman, and I'd like to see a relative unknown in the role.
I'm going to cast a vote for Michelle Ryan. I liked her in Bionic Woman, and I'd like to see a relative unknown in the role.
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4:17PM on 03/09/2011
Just googled her! You might be on to something!
Just googled her! You might be on to something!
5:05PM on 03/09/2011
She's my shout too. See below....
She's my shout too. See below....
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3:44PM on 03/09/2011

jon hamm!

but he wont get it so who cares.
it willl go to a twilighter-
ashley greene.
or kstew.
but he wont get it so who cares.
it willl go to a twilighter-
ashley greene.
or kstew.
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2:51PM on 03/09/2011
Got to be Michelle Ryan.
A. She's English so the voice is a givin
B. She's hot!
C. She's hot!
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Got to be Michelle Ryan.
A. She's English so the voice is a givin
B. She's hot!
C. She's hot!
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12:59PM on 03/09/2011
I don't have a pick in mind yet. I think as beautiful as they are, very few of the youner generation of actresses have the toughness in their looks that fits Laura's character.
I don't have a pick in mind yet. I think as beautiful as they are, very few of the youner generation of actresses have the toughness in their looks that fits Laura's character.
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1:03PM on 03/09/2011
Lara, I mean.
Lara, I mean.
12:47PM on 03/09/2011
Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale
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12:36PM on 03/09/2011
I want to go with Kelly Brook because I feel she has the body but I don't know about acting chops.
I want to go with Kelly Brook because I feel she has the body but I don't know about acting chops.
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12:09PM on 03/09/2011
Olivia wilde or Kate Beckinsale
Olivia wilde or Kate Beckinsale
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12:09PM on 03/09/2011
Olivia wilde or Kate Beckinsale
Olivia wilde or Kate Beckinsale
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12:00PM on 03/09/2011
Carmella Bing!
Carmella Bing!
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11:51AM on 03/09/2011
Anne Hathaway?
Anne Hathaway?
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11:49AM on 03/09/2011
Kate Beckinsale.. But shes probably too old so Id say Summer Glau or Olivia Wilde. My guess is itll be ScarJo though.
Kate Beckinsale.. But shes probably too old so Id say Summer Glau or Olivia Wilde. My guess is itll be ScarJo though.
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7:02PM on 03/11/2011
I was seriously looking for someone to say Summer Glau, just because for every female cast-this her name comes up.
I was seriously looking for someone to say Summer Glau, just because for every female cast-this her name comes up.
11:42AM on 03/09/2011
1)Gemma Arterton
2)Olivia Wilde
3)Ashley Green
1)Gemma Arterton
2)Olivia Wilde
3)Ashley Green
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11:05AM on 03/09/2011
Mary Elizabeth Winsead
Amber Heard (with dark hair of course)
Bridget Rgan
Rhona Mitra
Kate Beckinsale
Gemma Arterton
Erin Cummings
Mary Elizabeth Winsead
Amber Heard (with dark hair of course)
Bridget Rgan
Rhona Mitra
Kate Beckinsale
Gemma Arterton
Erin Cummings
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11:01AM on 03/09/2011
amber heard
amber heard
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10:23AM on 03/09/2011
For a live-action version--gotta go with RHONA MITRA. But I'd really like to see a quality animated Lara Craft film (just look at the quality of the DCU-Online cinematic shorts). Mitra could be the voice.
For a live-action version--gotta go with RHONA MITRA. But I'd really like to see a quality animated Lara Craft film (just look at the quality of the DCU-Online cinematic shorts). Mitra could be the voice.
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10:35AM on 03/09/2011
My first thought was Rhona Mitra too.
My first thought was Rhona Mitra too.
10:09AM on 03/09/2011
I'd prefer they cast a beautiful 'unknown'. A great actress with a Kelly Brook-ish figure.
I'd prefer they cast a beautiful 'unknown'. A great actress with a Kelly Brook-ish figure.
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10:03AM on 03/09/2011

Lyndsy Fonseca 1000%

She's smoking hot and needs to be in more movies looking hot.
She's smoking hot and needs to be in more movies looking hot.
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9:59AM on 03/09/2011
how about Freida Pinto
how about Freida Pinto
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9:51AM on 03/09/2011

Lyndsy Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca definitely!! She's young, incredibly hot and got the body for it too. Who knows if she can do an English accent, but who cares?!
Lyndsy Fonseca definitely!! She's young, incredibly hot and got the body for it too. Who knows if she can do an English accent, but who cares?!
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9:11AM on 03/09/2011
I would rather they just not make a movie. I can't stand it when my favorite video games get made into shitty movies. I'm personally just excited as hell for the game coming out this holiday. I've been adventuring with Lara since '96 when I was 11 years old-the game is all that matters to me.
I would rather they just not make a movie. I can't stand it when my favorite video games get made into shitty movies. I'm personally just excited as hell for the game coming out this holiday. I've been adventuring with Lara since '96 when I was 11 years old-the game is all that matters to me.
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8:51AM on 03/09/2011

Kate Beckinsale!

Kate Beckinsale hands down! She's English, she's ultra hot, she's starred in action movies AND she actually looks like her! I can't see a better choice! I'm trully surprised no one's mentioned her so far...
Kate Beckinsale hands down! She's English, she's ultra hot, she's starred in action movies AND she actually looks like her! I can't see a better choice! I'm trully surprised no one's mentioned her so far...
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8:40AM on 03/09/2011

Choices

I can't stand Emily Blunt's voice. As hot as she is, her voice is like nails on a chalkboard to me. Ugh... cringeworthy.

Olivia Wilde is a good choice and she has experience in action-packed movies.

Natalie Portman- Nice rack, nice butt, hot, good actress, name has been attached to just about everything. Oscar winner.

Megan Fox- Not blessed with acting abilities, but she is gorgeous beyond belief.

I can't stand Emily Blunt's voice. As hot as she is, her voice is like nails on a chalkboard to me. Ugh... cringeworthy.

Olivia Wilde is a good choice and she has experience in action-packed movies.

Natalie Portman- Nice rack, nice butt, hot, good actress, name has been attached to just about everything. Oscar winner.

Megan Fox- Not blessed with acting abilities, but she is gorgeous beyond belief.

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8:35AM on 03/09/2011
Evangeline Lilly for her experience on LOST.
Evangeline Lilly for her experience on LOST.
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8:32AM on 03/09/2011
I think Amanda Seyfried would be an inspired and exciting choice. She can act and looks great.
I think Amanda Seyfried would be an inspired and exciting choice. She can act and looks great.
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8:31AM on 03/09/2011

My Choices

Adrianne Palicki has the perfect build for the role. She's hot, tall, has a decent rack and can act.
Another actress who has the look but not the height is Sophia Bush. I'd be happy with either actress in the role. I just wonder if they can do the English accent.
Adrianne Palicki has the perfect build for the role. She's hot, tall, has a decent rack and can act.
Another actress who has the look but not the height is Sophia Bush. I'd be happy with either actress in the role. I just wonder if they can do the English accent.
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8:16AM on 03/09/2011

Emily Blunt....

Emily has the amazing body, jaw-dropping face and serious acting chops making her my #1 choice.
Emily has the amazing body, jaw-dropping face and serious acting chops making her my #1 choice.
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8:16AM on 03/09/2011
Olivia Wilde.
Olivia Wilde.
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8:17AM on 03/09/2011
Love Olivia but too small in my opinion.
Love Olivia but too small in my opinion.
8:43AM on 03/09/2011
Haha, point taken. But Wilde is hot though :]
Haha, point taken. But Wilde is hot though :]
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