Angelina Jolie Will Not Play Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider' Reboot
Angelina Jolie, 35, may have blown audiences away a decade ago with her portrayal of the video game action star / archaeologist Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider series, but you won't see her in the franchise's next film.
GK films, led by producer Graham King (of The Departed and The Town), has recently obtained the film rights to the video game series, which were once held by Paramount. "We are very excited to be rebooting what is already a hugely successful film franchise and continuing the Tomb Raider phenomenon," King said in a statement, reports Deadline.com. The release also specifies that it will cast a "young and dynamic Lara Croft," which may age Jolie out of the role.
Jolie isn't crying about being overlooked. When Ugo.com asked her in 2004 if she would play Croft again, she said: "I don't think so. I just don't feel like I need to, because I felt very happy with the last one, which was kind of the one we wanted to do. The first one kind of frustrated us, because we were trying something new. The second one, I felt like that's kind of how I wanted to do it, and I don't really feel the need to do another one."
No word yet on who will play Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider, which is slated for release in 2013. —KIMBERLY STEELE