New Tomb Raider movie gets Iron Man writers. Olivia Wilde denies rumors that she’s the next Lara Croft

It's a fact so obvious it barely needs repeating that not all videogames make for good movies. InFamous' Brian Flemming, for instance, just this week stated that a screen adaptation of his open-ended, good-or-evil title is “infinitely far away.” However one property with proven screen chops – even if one out of two ain't great – is Tomb Raider, whose 2013-scheduled reboot just picked up two of Hollywood's hottest writers.

Screenwriter Mark Fergus and possible Megaman boss Hawk Ostby's previous work together includes the original Iron Man and the inventive thriller Children of Men, whose script earned them an Oscar nomination. They've just been added to the credits for the new Lara film, with producers GK Films modestly announcing their ambition to bring Croft to “her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes.”

Above: Iron Man writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby say "Yes" to the new Tomb Raider film. Actress Olivia Wilde says "No."

Above: Actress Olivia Wilde (Tron: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens) denied rumors that she’ll be playing Lara Croft in the 2013 reboot

Meanwhile Olivia Wilde, who worked with Fergus/Ostby on their new Cowboys and Aliens, tactfully denied rumors she was a frontrunner for the role of young Lara even while sticking her hand up for the role: “As far as I know right now, I'm not playing Lara Croft. That would be so awesome.” The movie, much like Crystal Dynamics' upcoming restart of the game franchise, is said to focus on Lara's youth and origins as a raider of tombs. Who'd you like to see in the lead?

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  • NCOV089 - November 2, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    EMILY BROWNING to be next Lara!!!!! Well, I think that Oliva Wilde would be a decent tomb raider, but if they are going the same route as the new video game, I would think that Emily Browning would do a fantastic job, she has great action movie experience in rolls such as her lead in Sucker Punch, she no doubt fits a more petite version, but she is fit and can definitely be the sarcastic witty Lara.. she has both boobs and brains..
  • CAPST3R - May 6, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    I'd like to add that if she ever gets a part in a game, it must have a nude cheat. It's a bit pervy, yes, but I doubt you'd hear many men complaining. Or saying anything for that matter.
  • reveffect - May 6, 2011 5:24 p.m.

    No to Olivia Munn and yes to Olivia Wilde. The only reason why Munn was so popular was because she was one of the only female hosts who would do things like where sexy maid outfits and shove hot dogs down her mouth on a show geared mostly towards nerds. Seriously if she hadn't gotten on AOTS no one probably would have heard of her. Wilde is clearly a better actor and would better fit the role of a younger lara. Munn would probably be a good replacement for the older version but they could do better. As for a Mirrors Edge movie it would be awesome to see Wilde play as Faith but it would probably be better if it was an actual asian actor seeing how Faith is asian herself.
  • Japanaman - May 6, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    Of course, she isn't playing Lara Croft. She's gonna play that Mirror's Edge girl, right?
  • JettheKing - May 6, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    I agree
  • PhantomDave - May 6, 2011 12:41 p.m.

    Yeah Olivia would be a really good choice. Seeing her was the only redeeming factor in Legacy.
  • FatDarkPlace - May 6, 2011 12:24 p.m.

    She is hot. Ageed with everyone!
  • TastyCakesMcgee - May 6, 2011 6:03 a.m.

    I'd be ok with Wilde being Croft. She's hot, a good actor, at least usually, and seems to be someone who is nimble and kinda athletic. Keeping with the Olivia theme, I could also see Olivia Munn being the new Croft. I don't really know if Munn is a good actor or athletic, I just know she has more of an Angelina Jolie-like body, so she would look the part a little better IMO.
  • egregious - May 6, 2011 5:56 a.m.

    If Olivia Wilde ever played Lara Croft... SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
  • kingdom - May 6, 2011 4:22 a.m.

    Daddy like!
  • HumorTumor - May 6, 2011 2:54 a.m.

    I think Olivia Wilde could do a very good job as Croft. Hopefully this turns out to be a decent film.
  • spencertucksen - May 6, 2011 2:39 a.m.

    The little girl from True Grit....DOES THAT GO FAR ENOUGH BACK IN TIME, PROLOGUE MOVIE!?
  • AlpineGuy - May 6, 2011 2:32 a.m.

    Me, three. I'd actually watch a Tomb Raider movie if Olivia Wilde was in it.
  • Denrok - May 6, 2011 2:16 a.m.

    I'm thinking the same thing Ensoul.
  • Ensoul - May 6, 2011 1:59 a.m.

    Olivia Wilde is incredibly hot. Sadly this is all I can think of at this time after seeing her picture.

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