Up until this point, Jaimie Alexander has been floating around in a few random TV shows (Kyle XY, Bones, CSI: Miami), and just segued over to the big screen this past year with an uncredited role in Love and Other Drugs, and as Sif in Marvel's Thor. Out of all the well-known actors and actresses featured in Thor, Alexander is the one who really needs this to be her big break. From here she has a couple low-profile indie films on the horizon, but Thor is the film that could open some doors for the pretty brunette who's not afraid of taking on more kick-ass female roles (if and when they exist).
So it's no surprise to see her already campaigning for the role of Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. In an interview with Movieline, she readily admits that Croft is the role she really wants, and who can blame her? Landing a gig as the new Lara Croft would immediately put Alexander in a league that once included Angelina Jolie (who starred as the character when she was trying to make a name for herself as an action heroine too). Sure, Alexander says she's "not going to try and be Angelina Jolie," but she didn't say anything about becoming the next Angelina Jolie. And what up-and-coming actress wouldn't want that?
We didn't get to see enough of Alexander in Thor to get a good sense of how she'd tackle Lara Croft, and that may hurt her chances of landing the role. She's not the first actress to openly campaign for the female lead in an action franchise (plenty of young actresses also publicly chased the Wonder Woman role), but she is definitely one to keep an eye on. Implanting herself in the geek consciousness is definitely the right first step to take.
As far as Alexander's full Lara Croft pitch, she told Movieline ...
"I’m not going to try and be Angelina Jolie. She’s her own woman, and she did a fantastic job as Lara Croft. If that opportunity arises for me, then I would put my own spin on Lara Croft. There’s no way I would try and copy what she did. I think that’s a huge mistake with actors and actresses who are taking on a role that was previously done by someone else."
"[Angelina Jolie] has her own sex appeal. She’s built very differently than I am. She’s her own woman. And I think that if you try to mimic that — if I was trying to pull off the exact way she said certain things and how she carried herself — then that’s not being me. That’s just copying another actor. Whereas you can look to other actors for inspiration, you should still maintain your own identity through a character. And that’s something I would love to tackle.”
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