Hayley Atwell wants to play Lara Croft in new ‘Tomb Raider’ movie

The 'Tomb Raider' video game series has just been rebooted and now there's a new movie in the works

Hayley Atwell has expressed an interest in playing Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider movie, calling the role “fantastic”.

The Tomb Raider video game series has recently been rebooted and now MGM has teamed up with production company GK Films to develop a new film franchise based on the games. The new Tomb Raider movie is being produced by GK Films founder Graham King, whose numerous producer or executive producer credits include Argo, The Departed and The Aviator.

Casting is a hot topic online, but the reboot is unlikely to star Angelina Jolie, who played heroine Lara Croft in two previous movies based on the video games, 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life. Those films took over $430 million (£280 million) between them at the box office worldwide.

Now Atwell – best known as Peggy Carter in Captain America – has responded to rumours linking her to the role. She told Australian newspaper The Age: “There’s… some kind of online campaign for me to do Tomb Raider Reborn, which I know has just come out as a computer game. MGM have the rights to make it into a film, which would be fantastic to do because I’d get to spend a year of my life training hard and pick up all sorts of fantastic fun skills.”

Since its release on March 5, the new Tomb Raider game has already sold 3.4 million copies worldwide. Lara Croft, an uncommonly adventurous and glamorous globe-trotting archaeologist, first appeared in a 1996 video game that was available on PS1 and Sega Saturn consoles.