With a hugely successful 2013 videogame reboot proving there's still more than a little life left in everyone's favourite non-Indy Raider of Tombs, Lara Croft, the subsequent big screen revamp was all but an inevitability.
And with the game going all Lara Begins on us, by returning her to her younger, non-boob-focused adventure roots, it's be a good bet that the movie will follow suit.
Which got us thinking about who the producers will cast in the raw and gritty role needed to wipe away the cheesetastic memory of Angelina Jolie's two previous outings. Place your bets....
Lara Qualities: She's definitely not afraid to mix it up with the scurvier side of society, and she’s nailed the refined English accent in, well, pretty much everything she’s been in.
Potential Plot: Setting out to look for the legendary pirate ship The Black Pearl, Lara discovers the wreckage holds a terrifying curse which misguided villain Mr. D'Arcy believes will find him true love.
Lara Qualities: Young and English (+2 EXP), and she's shown recently that she's willing to get a little blood and dirt on her hands (see: the last couple o' Potters, This is the End and T he Bling Ring ).
Potential Plot: While on a dig beneath the London Underground, Lara discovers an ancient artifact that is said to possess great evil. Before she can destroy it, war criminal Tom Riddle steals it and holes up in a booby trapped, run-down old boarding school.
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Lara Qualities: She’s played the daughter of a Lord before in Downton Abbey and Lara’s father was Lord Croft. If the slightly obvious shoe fits....
Potential Plot: Lara travels back in time to her family estate only to discover life with wimples isn't quite as exciting as she'd hoped. Refusing to conform to what is expected of a Lady, Lara joins the War effort under the pseudonym Mr Downton, and heads off to stop the Nazis getting their hands on The Ark Of The Covenant.
Lara Qualities: Wonderfully, terrifically English - plus Atwell has strong allies across the pond in the shape of some spandex-adoring guy called Captain America . In other more rumour-y news, she’s also actively expressed an interest in playing the role .
Potential Plot: While on an expedition to the Antarctic, Lara discovers a downed World War II bomber buried beneath the ice. But hidden inside is a power source so terrifying that only Lara and her Sweeney team can prevent it falling into the evil clutches of ‘The Duchess’.
Lara Qualities: Handy with bow-like weapons ( Hansel & Gretel ), able to get out of tight spots ( The Disappearance Of Alice Creed ), and thoroughly adept at trekking through deserts ( Prince Of Persia ).
Potential Plot: While on a top-secret mission with a British superspy, Lara is coated in oil and left for dead. But little does MI5 know that Lara is in possession of a time reversing-dagger. Cue explosion-y mishaps.
Lara Qualities: Bearing a striking resemblance to a young Angelina Jolie and rocking a quintessentially English presence, The Inbetweeners ' star is a natural fit.
Potential Plot: On an excursion to get away from it all, Lara heads off on a sun-kissed holiday – only to be set upon by a ruthless albeit mentally challenged group of sexually crazed feral teenagers.
Lara Qualities: If Miss Blunt managed to survive Gulliver’s Travels , we’re pretty sure she can survive anything.
Potential Plot: Lara finds herself working for a ruthless magazine editor but soon meets a man claiming to be a time travelling ‘Looper’ who shows old Crofty how to travel back in time to prevent the big boss from becoming so bitter and twisted.
Lara Qualities: Oozes seductiveness with natural ease, and can deliver a snarky one liner with style.
Potential Plot: When a rival Tomb Raider, known only as ‘The Black Swan’, starts beating her to all the best finds, Lara has no choice but to turn to a former lover, and his sidekick Ted, to help her best the mysterious rival.
Lara Qualities: Umm, it’s Jennifer Lawrence, she can do ANYTHING. Plus, thanks to The Hunger Games , she’s also pretty handy with the new incarnation of Lara Croft’s weapon of choice: a bow and arrow.
Potential Plot: Having been locked in a psychiatric ward for years Lara escapes to wreak revenge on her terrifying nemesis, Donald Sutherland. But no sooner is she out than old Donald throws her into a deathmatch that forces Lara to team with another devilishly handsome patient to survive.
Lara Qualities: Massive box office pull thanks to Twilight and she can handle her own when it comes to action. Oh, and she charged into battle alongside Thor for Snow White & The Huntsman . THOR!
Potential Plot: After her parents separate, a young Lara seeks refuge in the sleepy town of Forks, Washington. But once there, Lara learns of an ancient evil lurking in the woods and must destroy it or risk falling prey to its seductive power.
Lara Qualities: Good with a holster and gun ( Cowboys & Aliens ), and evading deadly assassins ( Tron: Legacy ), she’s also a dab hand at fixing cuts and scrapes thanks to her medical training from Dr. House.
Potential Plot : While hacking into a high security computer server, Lara discovers an algorithm that can stop the aging process. Seeing the inherent dangers of possessing such a device, Lara must infiltrate ‘The Grid’ to destroy any traces of it.
Lara Qualities: She survived two Transformers movies and knows how to run away from giant robots. Remember the giant robot in the first Tomb Raider movie? That was weird.
Potential Plot: When adventurer Lara discovers a race of demonic robots whilst raiding the Egyptian pyramids, she’s forced to bring them down from the inside.
Lara Qualities: Hands down the toughest girl in movies right now. Seriously, she’s the only person on the planet who can stand next to Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and look equally as hard as nails.
Potential Plot: Lara is betrayed by her tomb raiding team, led by Black Ops contractor Ewan McGregor, and left for dead so they can get their hands on her inheritance. But Lara isn’t about to give up the family estate - and so begins a terrifying home invasion thriller in which the hunters become the hunted.
Lara Qualities: She played Kate Middleton in TV Movie William & Kate so she knows how to do prim and proper. She also happens to be the actress who voices Lara Croft in the latest video game installment.
Potential Plot: In a plot that gets more than a little meta, Lara is mistaken for the video game incarnation of herself. The only way to live her life with any normalcy is to defeat the evil ‘Paps’ and marry a prince. Spike Jonze would be in talks to direct with Charlie Kaufman writing the script.
Lara Qualities: Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen in Game Of Thrones – one of the most bad-ass, strong and powerful female characters on TV. She also, handily, knows her way around the odd barbarian culture, and is mother to a host of fire-breathing dragons. Which isn’t too shabby.
Potential Plot: In a post-apocalyptic landscape, the world has been divided into warring factions. Lara is the one person prophesied to unite the world and rule over them all.
Lara Qualities: She was able to outshine Batman in The Dark Knight Rises , and looks great kicking ass. From a toff POV, she adapted to the royal way of life pretty darn snappily in The Princess Diaries .
Potential Plot: When Lara interns at one of the biggest fashion magazines in the world, she discovers that the Editor-in-Chief isn’t just evil within the confines of the office. To bring her down, she’s forced to embrace her ass-kicking superheroic alter-ego to defeat this mysterious and ancient evil (Meryl Streep).
Lara Qualities: On the one hand she’s quiet and cute…. but on the other hand, and usually at the flick of a well placed subliminal message, she can turn into a vicious killing machine, as seen in Joss Whedon’s Firefly . She also played a ruthless killing machine in The Sarah Connor Chronicles as a Terminator, so she can handle the action stakes in her sleep.
Potential Plot: Lara boards Serenity, a ship of mis-matched thieves. But the mysterious super AI controlling the ship is set to go into full – and very violent – meltdown, leaving the group to wonder who they can trust, and who will survive.
Lara Qualities: Managed to do a more than convincing English accent in The Other Boleyn Girl - and of course her action credentials as Black Widow in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and Iron Man 2 are up there with the best of cinema’s ass-kicking ladies.
Potential Plot: On an expedition to Japan in search of an artifact known as the Tesseract, Lara meets a lonely, aging millionaire called Tony Stark. The pair form a bond and wander the streets of Tokyo before he finally tells her the real truth behind their ‘chance’ encounter.
Lara Qualities: Brie is able to hold her own in the cast of Mad Men , regularly endures Community ’s most madcap of escapades, and nearly outsmarted Ghost Face in Scream 4 .
Potential Plot: After her tomb-raiding career falters, Lara decides it’s time to finish her education and heads back to college. There she meets Pete Campbell, a troubled young man trying to find his place in the world. But Campbell knows the college they attend hides great wealth and will stop at nothing to find it.
Lara Qualities: She fought off Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare On Elm Street and was more than able to look after herself in David Fincher’s intense, brutal remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo .
Potential Plot: Returning to university Lara meets anti-social, tech prodigy Merkle Zuckerberg. But when a string of girls go missing from campus, Lara investigates and soon finds a psychotic Zuckerberg is the man behind the killings.
Lara Qualities: Olsen is one of the most highly regarded young actresses of her generation, and has nailed the ‘strong but vulnerable’ schtick in Martha Marcy May Marlene . While her action credentials are wanting, she steeled herself bravely for Silent House and her upcoming roles in Godzilla and Oldboy will presumably involve some kind of running/screaming/flailing.
Potential Plot: On the run for reasons unknown, Lara heads to her long lost sister’s home – only to find herself indoctrinated into a violent, ancient cult.
Lara Qualities: Looks great as a brunette ( Mama ), and can do stoney-faced determination with terrifying authenticity (just ask those tough soldiers in Z ero Dark Thirty ).
Potential Plot: Lara is hired by the CIA to locate a target of national security. Recruiting some help from a gang of lawless criminals, Lara begins to suspect the object in question is not a thing, but a person.
Lara Qualities: She survived John Carter and she used to date Wolverine . In other words it would take an act of God to strike her down.
Potential Plot: When her boyfriend is taken hostage by a rogue government agent, known only as Striker, Lara is forced to locate a unique, rare and mythological element (‘adamantium’) or watch her lover be tortured and experimented upon forevermore.
Lara Qualities: She may be lacking in action-movie experience but she’s sharp as a tack. Oh, and bonus video game points for her role as Scott Pilgrim’s sister.
Potential Plot: While on a plane trip with her new business partner (played by George Clooney), the plane crash lands in Petra’s ancient desert. When they’re forced into the nearest tomb for safety against the elements, they soon realise they’re not alone.
Lara Qualities: Ok, we realise this is pretty leftfield, and she doesn’t have many Lara qualities per se, but as one of the smartest, funniest and freshest upcoming actresses, she could be poised to take the franchise into brand new territory. And from a nerd POV, she regularly excels in Parks & Recreation , has tinkered with video game source material in Scott Pilgrim Vs The World , and has dabbled in indie sci-fi with Safety Not Guaranteed .
Potential Plot: The ultimate reluctant hero, Lara’s cushy super-rich upbringing is thrown into question when her millionaire father is kidnapped. It turns out he’s made his fortunes on the sly – as the creator of a fabled time-travel machine. And it’s up to her to save him, whether she can be arsed or not.