‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Hires ‘Iron Man’ Writers, But Olivia Wilde Says She’s NOT Playing Lara Croft

Some good news and some bad news on the “Tomb Raider” reboot front today, folks.

Let’s start with the good stuff. “Iron Man” screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby have been hired to pen the new “Tomb Raider” movie, which they plan on turning into an “origin story for Lara Croft that solidifies her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sounds like a solid plan to us, so long as the movie focuses less on Lara’s upbringing and more on her early days as a raider — or some healthy mix of the two, ala “Batman Begins.”

Now for the bad news: if you were hoping that oft-rumored candidate Olivia Wilde would step into Lara’s signature shorts, you’re in for a bit of a disappointment. We spoke with the “Cowboys & Aliens” actress recently and confronted her about these rumors, which she shot down gently but quickly.

“As far as I know right now, I’m not playing Lara Croft,” she said simply. “No.”

That’s not to say that Wilde isn’t open to the possibility, as she expressed her fondness for the character and her gratitude for the fans’ interest in her taking over Angelina Jolie’s iconic role.

“That would be so awesome. I love Lara Croft,” she said. “That’s really cool that people think I should play her. That’s nice of them.”

So while it’s possible that things could change between now and a casting announcement, it appears that Wilde’s rumored status as the new Lara Croft is just that — a rumor. That said, she absolutely gets our endorsement for the role. Wilde would crush it as Croft.

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