Monday, March 18, 2013

Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev as Lara Croft?

Tomb Raider
With the release of the newest Lara Croft video game, Tomb Raider, rumors of the possibility of a film adaption have swirled. While video game adaptions have been, too be blunt, awful, there seems to be a renewed interest in basing films on video games. Uncharted (to be directed by David O. Russell, which is kind o the best), Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, and even an Angry Birds movie are in the works, and now it looks like the Tomb Raider film franchise will be rebooted like its video game counterpart.

Producer, Graham King, the man that backed The Departed, Aviator, Hugo, The Town, and Rango has teamed up with Tom Headington and both have acquired the reboot rights from Tomb Raider franchise company, Square Enix. King has expressed interest in making it a true reboot of the film franchise, as he wants to focus on a younger Lara Croft. It should be noted that her origin story is also the basis of the newest video game.

While I remain skeptical of video game adaptions, King's magic touch could very well vault  successful VG-to-film adaptions to the forefront of Hollywood. We saw it done when Sam Raimi started the comic book craze with his version of Spider-Man, and we may see a video game film kick soon as well.

Even though Angelina Jolie played the Tomb Raider heroine of the 2001 and 2003 movies, it is doubtful she will be back on board. Seeing as how King wants a younger Croft, the possibility remains very minimal that Jolie would reprise her role; although, there could be two versions of Lara Croft (aka a younger version in flashbacks as an older version tells of her adventures).

Camilla Luddington
The latest version of Lara and her voice actress, Camilla Luddington
In the recent Tomb Raider video game, Camilla Luddington voiced the role of Lara Croft, and she remains tied to the film adaption. It should be noted that Croft a British archaeologist, and Luddington is indeed British. Her voice work in the video game is exceptional, and she would be an excellent choice (and an obvious one at that) to play Croft. Even though she is 29, Luddington could easily pass as a younger version of Croft.

However, another young Hollywood actress has been knocking on the door to play the role.

Nina Dobrev Action Hero
The Vampire Diaries starlet, Nina Dobrev has expressed serious interest in the role. In an interview with Ocean Drive magazine, Dobrev states that: "...if they did another Lara Croft, or even a prequel to Lara Croft, I’d want to do that..."

While teen vampire romps may not be your thing, Dobrev should have the acting chops to pull off the role of Lara Croft, in my very humble, unnecessary opinion. I also may or may not have a giant crush on her, but alas, she is hooked up with her Diaries co-star, the uber-swoon worthy Ian Somerhalder.

Dobrev is also beginning to slowly emerge onto the big screen, and she can be seen beside fellow young Hollywood hotshot, Emma Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  

She makes another case for the role of an action heroine in her latest appearance on Conan. Take a look and see if she's "action hero" material.

Anyway, do you think Dobrev would make a good Lara Croft? Or should another actress be considered (Jennifer Lawrence or Olivia Wilde perhaps)?

If you haven't seen or heard of the latest Tomb Raider game check out this footage below. It's awesome and you should definitely pick it up if you have a PC, XBox 360, or PS3. Definitely worth the money and time.

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