Imagining who can be the next Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, actress Aubrey Plaza expresses her eagerness on playing the role of the adventurous archeologist in the new movie.
That’s an iconic character. She’s the original badass: Aubrey Plaza
Currently, the actress was on the cover of Moviemaker magazine where she was photographed holding a bag with a leather strap over her shoulder, wearing a greyish vest.
The 38-year-old revealed that one of her mates messaged her to aware that she was a carbon copy for the iconic video game character speaking about the cover on a recent edition of The Tonight Show.
“My friend, Edgar Wright, actually saw that and texted me and said, ‘You’re the new Lara Croft? You’re the new Tomb Raider?’… And I was like, ‘No, Edgar, that’s my movie Emily the Criminal’,” Plaza told Jimmy Fallon, “He genuinely thought I was cast as the new Tomb Raider.” [H/T LADBible]
At the same time, it might appear a bit surprising to have the Parks and Recs star in the conversation to take on the role, but it may happen. Plaza said she would certainly be keen if the opportunity arose in the future when Newsweek asked about the topic.
“Look, I have no idea what the future holds for me, but I love it. It was so funny when he texted me that because I didn’t realise how strikingly similar those photos are. Emily is carrying a purse strap and Lara Croft has a gun holster, those are very different. But it’s very weird and totally accidental, but I’ll take it,” said Plaza, “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.”
Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander had played the character in the 2018 Tomb Raider and was on the cards to return as Lara in the sequel as well. Since 2019, the film has been in the works and was expected to be written and directed by Misha Green from Lovecraft Country.
Unfortunately, recent developments have revealed that MGM reportedly lost the Tomb Raider movie rights to the video game studio Square Enix, meaning the much-awaited Misha Green sequel is now in ruins as the franchise is expected to get a reboot without Vikander, making the slot open for Plaza.
In her new latest release of 2022, Emily the Criminal shows Plaza playing a down-on-her-luck student, who is burdened with debt and struggling to survive. Though, the thriller revolves when she gets linked with a gang of crooks as a ‘dummy shopper’, using stolen credit cards to buy things. Till now it has made a good response, clocking a 94 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.