AI art shows what Jennifer Lawrence would look like replacing Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot.
Jennifer Lawrence more than proved her action bonafides as the bow-wielding Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise. Clearly, this makes her the natural choice to take over the Tomb Raider franchise as Lara Croft in the upcoming reboot. While there was nothing wrong with Alicia Vikander’s performance in the 2018 film, this AI-generated art of Lawrence certainly proves that she looks the part if the studios are planning on starting from scratch:
Earlier this year, Amazon Studios secured the rights to make a new Tomb Raider film, and it could be the perfect way to bring Jennifer Lawrence on board for a new blockbuster franchise. Since the plan is to reboot the franchise entirely, it seems unlikely they would cast Alicia Vikander again since that might cause confusion if they’re going in a different direction with the character. Lawrence also doesn’t have too many upcoming projects on her plate, so she might be freed up to sign on for a multi-movie role.
Jennifer Lawrence once again wielding a bow could also be the box-office draw that the studios need after the previous film failed to break even. Although Alicia Vikander’s performance was praised in the previous film, the middling origin story wasn’t enough to make it a blockbuster hit. According to the studios, the film needed $275 million at the global box office to break even, and it came up just short with $274 million.
It’s worth mentioning that if Jennifer Lawrence isn’t up for playing the role, Alicia Vikander has expressed interest in playing Lara Croft again. As mentioned, Vikander’s performance was far from the issue with the last film. If they give her a better plot and better material to work with, it’s possible that her Tomb Raider franchise could be put back on track.
Whether Jennifer Lawrence or Alicia Vikander gets involved or not, Amazon Studios has big plans for the Tomb Raider franchise. Dmitri M. Johnson and his company dj2 Entertainment were attached to produce after Amazon Studios got the rights, and the new reboot film is apparently going to be a part of an interconnected Tomb Raider universe. That interconnected universe will reportedly include a TV series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and a new video game from Crystal Dynamics, the company that worked on the most recent Tomb Raider reboot games.
With so many Tomb Raider projects apparently in the works, there’s no doubt that Amazon Studios could get both Jennifer Lawrence and Alicia Vikander involved if they were interested. For now, there’s not a ton of information about these upcoming projects other than some of the creatives attached and the interconnected universe news. Video game movies and shows have become significantly better since Tomb Raider‘s release in 2018, so there’s hope that these films and shows could be the high-quality Tomb Raider projects fans have been waiting on.
While we wait to find out more about the Tomb Raider franchise, you can look forward to seeing Jennifer Lawrence in No Hard Feelings on June 23, 2023. Alicia Vikander’s next film will be the historical drama Firebrand. Firebrand doesn’t have a solid release date yet, but it’s expected to come out in May.