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Angelina Jolie: Megan Fox won’t do Lara Croft justice June 25, 2009

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Angelina Jolie isn’t happy about rumors of Megan Fox taking on the Lara Croft role.

“Angie isn’t a fan of the Transformers films and believes Megan won’t do the Lara Croft character justice. She’s also annoyed because she thinks Megan copies everything from her, from her tattoos to her style,” said a source close to the actress.

Oddly enough, Megan Fox has recently spoken about the issue (yet again) at a Beverly Hills press con for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, merely echoing what she said in May: “I think that’s a role that Angelina Jolie mastered, and I would never attempt to take that over from her.”

Case closed? You bet. Let’s keep those claws in check, Angie.

[Telegraph UK, Sci-Fi Wire]

Megan Fox on Tomb Raider: “I don’t think I can carry an action franchise” May 24, 2009

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Megan Fox, once again, denies rumor of taking over the Lara Croft role for the upcoming Hollywood ‘Raider reboot. “I’m not replacing Angelina Jolie. I’m not replacing anyone,” Fox has told Sun Media. “I don’t know if I can carry an action franchise. Right now I don’t even know if anyone will come to see me in a little independent movie.”

But really, Megan? We’d come to see you in anything. AND last time we heard, the reboot won’t even be that action-oriented anymore, so what gives?

Oh well, that’s that, folks. Fox now officially off our radar. We remain on stand by for other pings.

Tomb Raider film reboot to feature “character-driven action” and “younger Lara Croft” May 19, 2009

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Dan Lin, producer of the Warner Bros’ re-imagining of Lara Croft’s origin, has shared some new details on the Hollywood reboot of Tomb Raider. Speaking to About during the ‘black carpet’ premiere of Terminator: Salvation, Lin confirmed that the movie is indeed in the works. “We’re rebooting Lara Croft as well. Really excited – it’s a great origin story that we’re going to tell. A very character-oriented I would say more realistic than the past Lara Croft movies.”

Since the movie will feature an origins story, the Terminator producer said that it will feature “a younger Lara Croft.” No actress, however, has been cast yet for the iconic role, according to Lin. He also emphasized that the reboot will focus on Lara’s character, likening it to Terminator: Salvation: “I would say it’s like Terminator – character-driven action. I think for me the Lara Croft games and movies have gone a little too action-oriented. I wanted to have action, but with character.”

We’ll definitely have more on the Hollywood reboot as new details come in. Be sure to keep it here on Tomb Raider Fanboy.

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Livingstone affirms possibility of next Tomb Raider movie; Other game-to-film Eidos titles confirmed May 9, 2009

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Ian Livingstone is quite proud of Eidos games going mainstream through their respective Hollywood adaptations. “Hollywood initially created its own characters; then they looked to books and comic books for stories and characters, and now they’re looking at games, because they see the rise in the popularity of these video game characters.”

There have been two Tomb Raider films and a Hitman movie, and now it’s Kane & Lynch that’s getting the silverscreen treatment, which will star no less than Bruce Willis, according to Livingstone. The Eidos life pres has also affirmed that there’s “possibly another Tomb Raider movie” alongside an animated TV series based on IO Interactive title Mini Ninjas.

Eidos titles going Hollywood — who didn’t see that coming? Definitely more on the films as new details come in.

[Gaming Indians]

Megan Fox admits passing up film roles because of Jolie comparison May 2, 2009

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Megan Fox is frightened of Angelina Jolie. “I haven’t had the opportunity to meet her and I try to avoid that because I’m afraid.” The question, however, is why? “Angelina’s a powerful person and I bet she would eat me alive. I guess that is why I’m afraid of her.”

Would she eat her alive if she took on her previous film roles? The Transformers star is sharing that “there have been a lot of films I’ve had to pass on because I don’t want people thinking I’m trying to emulate her.”

Now, we’ve no clue as to what exactly those films are, but we’ve reason to believe that the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot from Warner Bros. could have been one of them. Taking on the ‘Raider films is one of the turning points in Angelina’s career, and what other Jolie role but Lara Croft could be more identifiably Jolie?

While Megan has officially denied her involvement in the film in January, her camp refused to comment when asked whether the actress would accept the Lara Croft role in case it was offered or not. But if the Tomb Raider reboot was indeed one of the films she turned down because of her Joliephobia (provided it was offered), then perhaps we can strike out Megan Fox for good as the next Lara Croft.

Definitely more on the Hollywood reboot as it develops, if it does, which it will.

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Mystery woman gives tease: “I am the new Lara Croft” [Update] February 20, 2009

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Cinematical is sharing a “post-worthy” bit on the next Lara Croft actress for Warner Bros.’ upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. They’ve apparently received an e-mail from a mystery woman who is declaring that “I am the next Lara Croft.”

The folks over at Cinematical are saying she might be Emily Blunt or Amy Adams, “based on that sensual-but-oh-so-sweet look she gives the camera,” but, really…

More on this as it develops, if it does (which it won’t).

Update: Turns out the mystery woman is actually Elisabeth Rappe, writer for Cinematical. Her February ’09 headshot on Facebook confirms as much…and, well, those eyes are obviously hers. Thanks, Quasimodo!

Megan Fox keeps mum on possible Lara Croft offer January 31, 2009

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Despite earlier reports of Megan Fox’s reps denying any involvement of the actress in Warner’s Tomb Raider reboot, it seems we can’t strike out the Transformers star as Angelina’s replacement just yet. According to this E! Online piece, Megan’s camp refused to comment when asked whether the actress would accept the Lara Croft role if offered or not. And what a wise choice that was.

A premature “no” to an offer to play Lara Croft would be like — in the words of E! — “blowing a friggin’ cash cow” for Fox. Being a potential heiress to the role that catapulted Angelina to international fame would no doubt do wonders for Megan’s career. E! is also saying that the “sexier, sultrier mini-Jolie” is like getting Angelina “for one-sixth the price,” so it would make sense if WB wanted Fox to don Lara’s figure-hugging tomb-raiding outfit.

More on this as it develops, if it does.

Megan Fox is “not involved in the movie at all” January 29, 2009

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This one’s a late pick-up, but it does deserve its own entry. Sci-Fi site io9 has apparently contacted Megan’s camp about the rumors circulating that she might be the next Lara Croft on the big screen. Megan’s spokesperson only had this to say: “She’s not involved in the movie at all.”

We’d like to add “yet” at the end of that sentence. Unless there’s massive fan revolt, there’s nothing to stop Warner Bros. to pursue Fox if they wanted to.

Warner Bros. to “reimagine the origins of Lara Croft” for future film, Terminator producer attached January 28, 2009

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Here’s something to rejoice–or lament–about.

Following rumors of Megan Fox as the next Lara Croft and Rhona Mitra turning down any more Lara Croft roles, The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Warner Bros. IS indeed bringing back Lara to the big screen.

Executive producer of upcoming film Terminator Salvation Dan Lin is attached as the new Raider film’s producer. Lin has also been involved in films such as 10,000 B.C. (studio executive) and the The Aviator (producer). Other names attached to the project are Ian Livingstone of Eidos (executive producer), Stephen Gilchrist (co-producer), and Matt Reilly (Warner Bros. supervisor).

WB’s additional purchase of 10 million shares in Eidos last December has earned them the rights to the next Tomb Raider film. Paramount Picture’s contract had apparently expired before then.

A new directive for the movie might be a little controversial though, as WB is setting to “revamp the character,” “re-imagine Lara’s origins, her love interest and the main villain.”

With no director and Lara Croft actress attached as of yet, the third Raider movie seems still far off the horizon. But you have here a raise of hand for any form of big Hollywood Tomb Raider production. Let’s just hope it’s done right.

More on this as it develops, if it does. Which it will. (Hopefully.)

Rhona Mitra says “No” to being Lara Croft again January 24, 2009

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Whether it be for a major motion picture or just another modelling gig for the ninth Tomb Raider game, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans star Rhona Mitra is telling Media Blvd that she “might have gotten the best of it (portraying Lara Croft)” already. Rhona seems reminiscent and quite proud of her Lara Croft experience, however, as she recounts how the “giggle” of playing a pixelated character turned into a “catastrophic success”.

On still being recognized as Lara Croft, Rhona shares that “the profile that went with that somehow got muddied with mine, and people got confused as to whether I was her or not. There was really an association with that that’s still running.”

Now that Rhona’s out of the picture, we’ve no choice but to keep an eye on Transformers vixen Megan Fox, earlier rumored to be the next Lara Croft on the big screen. We’re still holding hope for a third Raider film, you know.

You can jump to the full interview here.