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Is Hayley Atwell campaigning to play Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot?

Apr. 17, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Hayley Atwell was mostly a TV actress before bursting onto the scene with 2011's CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, where she played Peggy Carter, the bad ass British agent who captured Steve Rogers' heart. After that, however, she detoured back to her TV roots and we haven't seen much (ahem, enough) of her on the big screen. The actress is set to reprise her role as Agent Carter in the currently filming CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and in the meantime has taken to Twitter to lobby for another iconic role: Lara Croft.

Recently, it was announced that Crystal Dynamics and GK Films were prepping a reboot of the movie franchise (which originally starred Angelina Jolie) and were looking for a "younger" actress for the part, as demonstrated in the recently released video game. Atwell recently turned 31, which is a stark contrast to Jolie, who was 25 when she starred in LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER in 2001. However, that certainly doesn't make her an old maid. Quite the contrary.

Atwell has retweeted a number of messages that lobby for her to fill Lara Croft's boots, showing a definite interest in playing the buxom badass Brit explorer (aka the female Indiana Jones...only with more guns). She may not fit the exact profile of the model they're using for the video game, but they could easily make room for Hayley's considerable, uh, assets.

What do you guys think? Atwell for Croft?

Extra Tidbit: If not Atwell, then who would be your choice?
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11:45PM on 04/18/2013
Hayley Atwell is a good actress and obviously very sexy & this is not a knock against her but weren't they looking for someone young to play Lara Croft?
Hayley Atwell is a good actress and obviously very sexy & this is not a knock against her but weren't they looking for someone young to play Lara Croft?
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6:37PM on 04/18/2013
I really want this to happen

if not her i'd would of wanted Jennifer Lawrence to do it.
I really want this to happen

if not her i'd would of wanted Jennifer Lawrence to do it.
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7:36PM on 04/18/2013
Man I'd pay to see that!
Man I'd pay to see that!
3:39PM on 04/18/2013

Absolutely awesome

If not her, I vote Gemma Arterton, but I'd really like to see Atwell get this.
If not her, I vote Gemma Arterton, but I'd really like to see Atwell get this.
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3:32PM on 04/18/2013
Yeah. This could work.
Yeah. This could work.
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12:04PM on 04/18/2013

Not my first choice, but makes sense.

If she gets this I'd be OK with it as it is more of a Hollywood choice to begin with (asses to seats). But if it were my world (and it's obviously not) I would go back to the original in Rhona Mitra. Alas, 36 years of age is way over the hill for an actress by Hollywood standards and though I still think she could pull it off (she looks to still be handling her bad ass self just fine on Strike Back) we all know they are going to go a younger more poppy route. One can dream, I guess...
If she gets this I'd be OK with it as it is more of a Hollywood choice to begin with (asses to seats). But if it were my world (and it's obviously not) I would go back to the original in Rhona Mitra. Alas, 36 years of age is way over the hill for an actress by Hollywood standards and though I still think she could pull it off (she looks to still be handling her bad ass self just fine on Strike Back) we all know they are going to go a younger more poppy route. One can dream, I guess...
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8:52AM on 04/18/2013

I love Hayley Atwell,

but I'm not a TOMB RAIDER fan. I think she can do better.
but I'm not a TOMB RAIDER fan. I think she can do better.
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2:54AM on 04/18/2013

Definitely.

Playing the new game ATM. It's freakin awesome.
Playing the new game ATM. It's freakin awesome.
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12:21AM on 04/18/2013

Perfect casting!

She would own this role, great actress and amazingly pretty with the figure of this character.
She would own this role, great actress and amazingly pretty with the figure of this character.
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10:59PM on 04/17/2013
Re extra tidbit: Emilia Clarke or Lara's current voice actress, Camilla Luddington. But Atwell is mighty fine.
Re extra tidbit: Emilia Clarke or Lara's current voice actress, Camilla Luddington. But Atwell is mighty fine.
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4:25PM on 04/17/2013

Please....

cast her. Even before she was casted in Captain America, I thought she'd be a great Peggy Carter and I was right.
Now producers, hire this fine lady as Lara Croft.
cast her. Even before she was casted in Captain America, I thought she'd be a great Peggy Carter and I was right.
Now producers, hire this fine lady as Lara Croft.
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3:38PM on 04/17/2013

Do this now

Want to touch the heine!
Want to touch the heine!
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3:32PM on 04/17/2013
She is sexy, talented, and smart. She has also proved she can kick ass too, yea I'd be down for that.
She is sexy, talented, and smart. She has also proved she can kick ass too, yea I'd be down for that.
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2:04PM on 04/17/2013
I like the actress but if they want to follow the reboot, she's too old for the part. If they don't care about the reboot, I'd be okay with her.
I like the actress but if they want to follow the reboot, she's too old for the part. If they don't care about the reboot, I'd be okay with her.
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3:39PM on 04/17/2013
Too old? How is 31 too old?
Too old? How is 31 too old?
4:42PM on 04/17/2013
I'm gonna assume you didn't play the last game. She's obviously a young adult in it, not a lot older than 21, and her youth is a big part of the story.

31 is obviously not too old to start an action franchise and is probably the right age for most. The next Wonder Woman should be around 31, IMO.
I'm gonna assume you didn't play the last game. She's obviously a young adult in it, not a lot older than 21, and her youth is a big part of the story.

31 is obviously not too old to start an action franchise and is probably the right age for most. The next Wonder Woman should be around 31, IMO.
8:48AM on 04/18/2013
Was thinking the same as JimmyArrow, she's a perfect fit for traditional Croft but if they're basing it on the new game they need someone a little younger.
Was thinking the same as JimmyArrow, she's a perfect fit for traditional Croft but if they're basing it on the new game they need someone a little younger.
8:56AM on 04/18/2013
Doesn't need to be based off the last game.
Doesn't need to be based off the last game.
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1:32PM on 04/17/2013

Nah.

It's nothing against Atwell, she'd do great I'm sure. She's a fantastic actress and undeniably an absolute knock-out, but there's two things that irk me about it.

1) If they're looking to follow the game then they're going to need someone who's genuinely young, early twenties, in order to build the franchise around.

2) This would be a complete waste of a good actress as 99% of video game movies utterly suck in almost every sense and I don't see another Tomb Raider movie being any
It's nothing against Atwell, she'd do great I'm sure. She's a fantastic actress and undeniably an absolute knock-out, but there's two things that irk me about it.

1) If they're looking to follow the game then they're going to need someone who's genuinely young, early twenties, in order to build the franchise around.

2) This would be a complete waste of a good actress as 99% of video game movies utterly suck in almost every sense and I don't see another Tomb Raider movie being any different.
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1:30PM on 04/17/2013
The first two were unwatchable, so almost anything would be better. But she's actually a good actress and it doesn't hurt that she's insanely hot.
The first two were unwatchable, so almost anything would be better. But she's actually a good actress and it doesn't hurt that she's insanely hot.
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1:28PM on 04/17/2013
please. let me die happy. dear god.
please. let me die happy. dear god.
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1:27PM on 04/17/2013
She or Emily Blunt would be my top two choices. They'd be perfect casting.
She or Emily Blunt would be my top two choices. They'd be perfect casting.
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1:25PM on 04/17/2013
please. let me die happy. dear god.
please. let me die happy. dear god.
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1:12PM on 04/17/2013
A hot actress kicking ass on screen, do it
A hot actress kicking ass on screen, do it
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1:01PM on 04/17/2013
She's British, beautiful, and busty, but she isn't athletic. She's a little too soft and curvy to pull off Lara Croft.
She's British, beautiful, and busty, but she isn't athletic. She's a little too soft and curvy to pull off Lara Croft.
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2:02PM on 04/17/2013
Anyone who's willing to work for it can have an athletic body. Go watch The Machinist and tell me if the lead actor looks only a few months away of making a really convincing Batman.
Anyone who's willing to work for it can have an athletic body. Go watch The Machinist and tell me if the lead actor looks only a few months away of making a really convincing Batman.
12:56PM on 04/17/2013
She certainly looks the part.
She certainly looks the part.
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12:54PM on 04/17/2013

nooooooooooooooo wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy...I didnt like her in Cap America either

nooooo wayyyy not happening ....and if they did i will boycott tombraider franchises of the [link] raider should cast someone with innocent ,fresh look
nooooo wayyyy not happening ....and if they did i will boycott tombraider franchises of the [link] raider should cast someone with innocent ,fresh look
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12:50PM on 04/17/2013
I think that would be fantastic. I don't see her enough. Get her a big role in a big film and then she will explode even more onto the scene. She is extremely beautiful and elegant that she could do anything.
I think that would be fantastic. I don't see her enough. Get her a big role in a big film and then she will explode even more onto the scene. She is extremely beautiful and elegant that she could do anything.
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12:35PM on 04/17/2013

Hell No

nothing against hayley or anyother actress who wants to play lara croft, my problem is the stupid producers and directors who can;t but help themselves by giving her the stupid posh british accent by way the american's see it. either that or change lara's nationality to american so i don't have to torture myself with that stupid accent. that being said if they gave her the proper accent i wouldn't mind.

still they should make the uncharted movie first rather then try tomb raider again. or
nothing against hayley or anyother actress who wants to play lara croft, my problem is the stupid producers and directors who can;t but help themselves by giving her the stupid posh british accent by way the american's see it. either that or change lara's nationality to american so i don't have to torture myself with that stupid accent. that being said if they gave her the proper accent i wouldn't mind.

still they should make the uncharted movie first rather then try tomb raider again. or better yet something no one has seen before.
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1:37PM on 04/17/2013
I for one think posh British accents are pretty hot...
I for one think posh British accents are pretty hot...
12:24PM on 04/17/2013
I totally agree with this campaign! I'd kill to see her as Lara Croft.
I totally agree with this campaign! I'd kill to see her as Lara Croft.
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12:23PM on 04/17/2013
no thanks, people are too focused on her boobs. She has done nothing so far that has impressed me. They will probably cast an American actress anyway.
no thanks, people are too focused on her boobs. She has done nothing so far that has impressed me. They will probably cast an American actress anyway.
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12:27PM on 04/17/2013
She happens to be a terrific actress as well, it's not just the hot factor.
She happens to be a terrific actress as well, it's not just the hot factor.
12:45PM on 04/17/2013
Boobs are all anyone's ever cared about w Lara Croft.
Boobs are all anyone's ever cared about w Lara Croft.
1:28PM on 04/17/2013
Seriously watch her in Black Mirror and try to say that again. That's not supposed to come off as a threat its just an actual challenge! The woman is a brilliant actress AND really attractive.
Seriously watch her in Black Mirror and try to say that again. That's not supposed to come off as a threat its just an actual challenge! The woman is a brilliant actress AND really attractive.
12:20PM on 04/17/2013
Hell yeah she's a good choice.

I'd give the hot princess from John Carter some consideration too...
Hell yeah she's a good choice.

I'd give the hot princess from John Carter some consideration too...
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12:20PM on 04/17/2013
Haley is a fantastic choice, one I support whole-heartedly.

I've also been pushing for Camilla Luddington, who actually voiced and modeled Lara Croft in the new game. I mean, she's already played her, done an awesome job, and she even looks like her: [link]
Haley is a fantastic choice, one I support whole-heartedly.

I've also been pushing for Camilla Luddington, who actually voiced and modeled Lara Croft in the new game. I mean, she's already played her, done an awesome job, and she even looks like her: [link]
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12:18PM on 04/17/2013
I HEAVILY support this campaign and will march for it.
I HEAVILY support this campaign and will march for it.
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12:08PM on 04/17/2013

That is perfect casting if I must say!

That is perfect casting if I must say!
That is perfect casting if I must say!
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12:06PM on 04/17/2013
I never thought of her playing Lara Croft. That would be sweet! I really hope Rhona Mitra or hayley Atwell can get the part.
I never thought of her playing Lara Croft. That would be sweet! I really hope Rhona Mitra or hayley Atwell can get the part.
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12:06PM on 04/17/2013

How old was RDJ when he became Tony Stark? Older than what Marvel was looking for.

It could work, she's a babe and more importantly - she can act.
It could work, she's a babe and more importantly - she can act.
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11:57AM on 04/17/2013
She's british, and has the acting ability (and the bust size) to do really well in the role. I'm all for it!
She's british, and has the acting ability (and the bust size) to do really well in the role. I'm all for it!
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